Music Business School: Driving professional growth in the UK music industry
Three of these rotations have been scheduled for 2017, with a further two courses to follow in 2018. The 13-week course aims to provide essential industry knowledge and a recognised qualification in a format which, unlike other full and part time education, can fit around people’s careers. An additional three-day Electronic Dance Music specialist course will take place in summer 2017.
The courses will help drive professional growth, utilising impressively high calibre speakers and providing a cohesive overview of the industry, covering record labels, sync rights, streaming updates, tour management, and much more.
Developing sustainable careers in the music industry
Companies are increasingly making use of MBS as a resource to develop and further the careers of their own staff, with previous courses including pupils from BPI, Sound Advice, Stephen Budd Management, and Music 4.5. One of the best examples of this is Clare Miller, a copyright lawyer for BPI who attended MBS when she moved from Penguin.
“We’re keen to support long term sustainable careers in the music industry,” said HMUK’s Creative Director Claire Gevaux. “Offering career development funding has been core to our work for many years and we’re delighted to be able to bring MBS into our portfolio of supported organisations.”
An impressive array of MBS alumni
MBS’s alumni have developed exciting and varied careers. The impressive list includes Claire Mas, Head of Digital at Communion Music Group; Lizanne Thomson, MD of the UK Theatre School, and Cleo Panther, vocalist for electro swing pioneer Parov Stelar; amongst many more.
These achievements reflect the high calibre of returning speakers such as MMF President Jon Webster; David Goggin, Head of Repertoire & Member Data at PPL; Henry Semmence, MD of Absolute Label Services; and Simon Parkes, former owner of Brixton Academy.
“I’ve spoken at quite a few MBS sessions, and have loved every minute, particularly the Q&A,” said Parkes. “The courses cover every area of the music industry, while the students are so enthusiastic and drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. Looking forward to another round!”
Help Musicians UK
Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. It supports musicians at every stage of their careers and lives; at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity. The charity gives people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.
Devoted to artists’ careers and well-being
The funding marks a new step for HMUK and compliments their existing funding streams for artists’ career development. Alongside sharing their extensive network to provide guest speakers and other contacts, HMUK will receive 10 fully funded places spread over the five upcoming MMBE courses during the next two years.
The funding from HMUK will facilitate MBS’s further growth and development. It will support the school’s move to become a Community Interest Company (CIC) and its ability to run regular MMBE diploma courses on a self-sustaining basis. As a CIC, a form of social enterprise, any profits will be reinvested in the business, enabling further expansion and evolution of the programme.
About Music Business School
Launched in 2010, Music Business School (MBS) was established by industry veteran Steve Melhuish. Its 13-week MMBE course was developed especially to teach those who want to build their own commercial music businesses including, Artist Management, Promoters, Record Labels, DIY Artists and more.
The course will operate from Tileyard Studios in King’s Cross, the largest professional music community in Europe.