Business of Independent Music Production

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Course Code: OMPRD-690

Next Term Starts January 14

3-Credit, Graduate Level Course

Running a successful production company or studio requires not only professional skills as a producer but also business acumen to ensure the viability and sustainability of the endeavor. This course explores the business aspects of operating as an independent producer or production company. Students learn effective strategies for promoting work through networking and marketing, developing and implementing a business plan with diversified sources of revenue, managing legal and tax affairs, building a team and resources, and leveraging opportunities for growth and expansion. The goal of the course is to ensure that students strengthen their business skills to support a lasting, fruitful career in independent music production.

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By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define targeted career goals and trajectory
  • Research market potential for professional music production work in their area
  • Develop and implement a business plan with diversified sources of revenue
  • Undertake effective promotional efforts that involve networking and marketing best practices
  • Negotiate favorable outcomes for their enterprise, using appropriate legal documents with professional legal guidance
  • Understand tax implications for running an independent business and where/when to seek professional help
  • Employ effective hiring practices for building a team or company
  • Identify and leverage strategies for growth and sustainability
  • Draft, revise, and gain approval for a written proposal for the culminating experience
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