About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

No prior knowledge of background is required to complete this specialization.

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    How to navigate the music business as an independent artist, including how to network, leverage social media, and launch a crowdfunding campaign

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    Discuss how the music business functions, including the various roles within the business, contract agreements, and how artists make money

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    Discuss the exclusive rights granted by copyright law and explain how to leverage those rights as a creator

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    Leverage skills used in musicianship to become a more effective entrepreneur

Skills you will gain

CopyrightMusicSocial MediaBusinessEntrepreneurship

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No prior knowledge of background is required to complete this specialization.

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Specialization are

  • Musicians
  • Paralegals
  • Artists
  • Writers
  • Customer Care Reps

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Music Business Foundations

4.9
1,184 ratings
299 reviews
Course2

Building Your Career in Music: Developing A Brand and Funding Your Music

4.5
137 ratings
24 reviews
Course3

Copyright Law in the Music Business

4.8
100 ratings
19 reviews
Course4

Creativity And Entrepreneurship

4.7
69 ratings
9 reviews

Instructors

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John P. Kellogg

Assistant Chair
Music Business/Management
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Leah Waldo

Course Author
Berklee Online
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E. Michael Harrington

Course Author
Berklee Online
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Panos Panay

Course Author
Berklee Online

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....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • There are 4 courses in this specialization and each course is 4 weeks. In total, the specialization should take about 16 weeks to complete.

  • There is no background knowledge required to complete this specialization.

  • While a specific order is not required, we recommend completing the courses in the following order: Music Business Foundations, Navigating the Music Business, Copyright Law in the Music Business, and Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

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