About this Specialization

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This specialization will give you the knowledge, both theoretical and practical, to launch your career in the music business as an artist, manager, agent, and/or producer. You will begin with Music Business Foundations, which provides a broad overview of the music business, including a history of the industry as well as the various roles that exist and how they relate to one another. You will learn how record contracts are structured as well as a basic overview of copyright law. From there, you will complete Navigating the Music Business, designed for both musical artists and those who wish to work with artists. This course will help you identify the unique elements of artist identity and provide you with the practical business know-how you’ll need to build a fanbase and successfully run a crowdfunding campaign. Next, you will complete Copyright Law in the Music Business, which gets to the heart of compensation and revenue in the music business. You will have the opportunity to unpack high-profile copyright law cases involving world-renowned artists, gaining a better understanding of how to leverage the law to their benefit. Finally, you will complete Creativity and Entrepreneurship, in which you’ll learn what it takes to be an effective entrepreneur in the music business, learning skills that are essential for thriving in an ever-changing industry.
Learner Career Outcomes
58%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
33%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
58%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
33%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Music Business Foundations

4.9
stars
1,671 ratings
428 reviews
Course2

Course 2

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

4.5
stars
278 ratings
57 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Copyright Law in the Music Business

4.8
stars
312 ratings
72 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Creativity And Entrepreneurship

4.7
stars
186 ratings
31 reviews

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  • 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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