Music Business Fundamentals Course
Fast Track Your Future In The Music Business!
11 January to 08 February (Saturdays, 10:30 - 17:00), at our school in Central London
Are you considering a career in the Music Business? Perhaps you're an artist looking to learn more about how the industry works?
Our unique and immersive five week course has been designed to show you exactly how the music business operates today - providing you with the most up to date knowledge and skills you’ll need to fast track your future in the world’s most exciting business.
You’ll be taught by leading music professionals, meet likeminded individuals, examine real world case studies and take part in engaging activities. Most importantly - you’ll learn what the various areas of the music industry are, why they exist, and exactly how they function in the business today.
Once you’ve completed your study with us, you’ll receive a certificate of course completion to add to your CV. We’ll also spend some time with you privately, to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry. Whether you’d like help launching your band, securing an internship or job placement, advice on setting up your new music business venture, or something else entirely – we’ll be here to support you.
Enrol today to secure your place on our next Music Business Fundamentals course, and see why our students leave us five star reviews across the board!
- Available Dates -
Five Saturday Option (10:30 to 17:00):
11 Jan - 08 Feb 2020 | Saturdays *
07 Mar - 04 Apr 2020 | Saturdays *
30 May - 27 Jun 2020 | Saturdays
Full Week Option (10:30 to 17:00):
06-10 Apr 2020 | Monday to Friday *
27-31 July 2020 | Monday to Friday
* Very limited places remaining
Tuition Fees: only £995
(Inclusive of VAT)
Some of the areas we'll cover:
The Structure and Functions of the Music Business
Revenues and the Flow of Money in The Industry
Record Labels and A&R
Music Media, Press and PR
Marketing to Spotify and DSP Playlists
Digital Promotion Strategy
Sync and Licensing
Live Music, Merchandise and Tour Management
Business and Brand Partnerships
The Future of The Music Industry and Music Tech
Entrepreneurialism, and Funding Sources
PLUS: a one-to-one career guidance consultation
Hear from one of our recent Music Business Fundamentals students | Gary Woods
Finding SMB was a blessing as I had started to doubt that I would ever find a way in to the music industry. This course was great for someone like me who came in with a huge passion for music and a desire to work in the industry but who has no experience, connections or real understanding of the inner workings. As much as I am sad the course is over, I feel armed with enough practical knowledge to get my career in music off the ground.
As a tutor, Matt is incredibly knowledgable and very concise in the way he delivers the information. He takes time to make sure you have understood the information and follows up each session by emailing you his very detailed notes (which are already proving invaluable). I would encourage anyone considering a course at SMB to do it.
Read the full review here
Meet The Course Leader | Matt Errington
Hi, I’m Matt, the Music Business Fundamentals Course Leader at SMB: The School of Music Business.
I began my career as a music journalist, working at national publications such as Time Out, Dazed and Confused and Spin magazine. I later became a successful music business entrepreneur and artist manager, running campaigns for a host of successful bands that saw me work alongside the likes of photographer Rankin, sign major international publishing and recording contracts, lead headline tours of the UK, Europe, America and much more. In 2015, I won the Music Export For Growth award from The BPI and UK Trade and Industry, for my work developing UK artists overseas.
In 2018 I was appointed Expert Board Member for Jump: The European Music Market Accelerator, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, to help develop innovative new business models within the industry. From now until 2022, we will be supporting some of the most innovative music businesses in the world. You can also find me talking regularly at industry events, including SXSW, Liverpool Sound City, Line 6 What's Next Conferences, MIL - Lisbon International Music Network and many others. I love passing on my knowledge and experience to help artists and new music business professionals find their feet in the business.
There has never been a more exciting time to work in music! Our Music Business Fundamentals Course is an incredible opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career in this rapidly evolving, multi-billion pound industry.
Music Business Fundamentals | Syllabus
Consultation | Your Future In The Music Business
Students on this course receive a one-to-one consultation, online or in person,
to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.
Who is the course suitable for?
Our Music Business Fundamentals course is open to everyone! All you need is an interest in the music industry to apply.
Students must be 18 years old or older, and no previous experience is necessary.
Where does the course take place?
Our course takes place at our beautiful school in Holland Park, a short walk from the major record labels on High Street Kensington.
Will I get a course certificate?
Upon completion, students will receive a Music Business Fundamentals Course Certificate, signed by the tutor and the school directors.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
A pen and notepad is all you require! We also provide comprehensive notes throughout the course.
I have more questions!
Just give us a call on 0207 078 4022 or email here and we'll be more than happy to advise you.