About this Course
This course shares practical tips and strategies to help you take your first step into launching your career as a musical artist. We’ll cover everything from developing your unique identity as an artist and how to lead a band all the way to planning and recording your first independent record with the help of crowdfunding. The course curriculum is modeled from the real-world experience of Leah Waldo (also known as the emerging country artist, Elisa Smith) and features interviews with industry executives, artists, producers, and engineers — all designed to help you navigate the music industry.
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Welcome!

Welcome to Navigate the Music Business! Before you begin the course, we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
How This Course Works10m
Earn a Certificate for this Course10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
A Note from Your Teaching Assistant10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
What do you hope to accomplish?8m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Your Foundation

In this lesson, we will begin to lay the foundation for who you are as an artist and a leader. We'll discuss the importance of having a strong sense of your identity, vision, and intention and we'll also how leverage your natural skills as a musician, like intuition and collaboration, to work for you as an entrepreneur. Finally, we'll discuss how to become a better band leader....
Reading
4 videos (Total 39 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Developing Your Identity, Vision, and Intention14m
Musicianship = Entrepreneurship12m
How to Become a More Effective Band Leader10m
Reading3 readings
Overcoming An Internal Struggle10m
About Your Instructor: Leah (a.k.a. Elisa Smith)10m
Case Study: Elisa Smith's IVI10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Case Study: Elisa Smith's IVI20m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Your Brand

Now that you have a strong foundation (your IVI), we'll discuss building your brand and your fanbase. We'll go over tips for building a presence on social media and how to connect to your fans and potential business partners on a personal level by learning how to network effectively. Finally, we'll discuss the trend of artist-brand partnerships and why a brand partnership might be a smart move for independent artists....
Reading
4 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Building Your Fanbase9m
The Art of Networking5m
Partnering With Brands14m
Reading1 readings
Using Brand Names in Your Songwriting10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Case Study; Brand Partnerships20m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Your Record

In this lesson, we'll focus on planning your recording project, whether it's a full length album or an EP. We'll discuss the role of the producer and the very special relationship that exists between producers and musicians. We'll also discuss how to cast a vision for your project by choosing the right songs, feel, and instrumentation. Finally, we'll learn how to set up a simple recording budget so you can keep track how much your project will cost. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 46 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Choosing The Right Producer11m
Establishing A Vision and Intention for Your Record9m
Setting Up a Simple Recording Budget13m
Case Study: Do You Need A Producer?10m
Reading2 readings
The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship10m
Recording In the Studio10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Case Study: Do You Need A Producer?16m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Your Money

The majority of this lesson will focus on planning, launching, and managing a crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding is a great way to gain support for your music, but running a campaign requires careful planning and preparation. We'll also share a some tips on how to turn your band into a sustainable business....
Reading
5 videos (Total 31 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
5 Tips for Turning Your Band into a Business2m
Crowdfunding: Pre Launch6m
Crowdfunding: Post Launch6m
Case Study: Successful Crowdfunding14m
Reading2 readings
10 Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign10m
Reviewing Rench's Crowdfunding Campaign10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Case Study: Successful Crowdfunding20m
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2 hours to complete

Your Career

Congratulations! You've made it through the course content and now it's time to put what you've learned into practice for your final project. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video1 videos
Reading1 readings
Launching Your Career10m
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Briefcase

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Money

25%

got a pay increase or promotion

Top Reviews

By ZVMar 21st 2018

Are you missing pieces in your music business understanding? Eliza does a fantastic job of breaking it down to simple concepts, and connecting it all to your dream.

By AGMay 29th 2018

Excelent course, great topics, I´ve learned a lot about the business and about myself as musician

Instructor

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Leah Waldo

Course Author

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

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