Songwriting & Music Business

MUS 50A     MUSIC BUSINESS

Introduction to Music BusinessStudy of legal and business aspects of the music industry. Emphasis on publishing, licensing, and promotion. Copyright law, interaction between songwriters and music publishers, record companies, distributors and the rules that govern them. How music is licensed, service marks, trademarks and patents. The role of lawyers, agents, personal managers, producers and promoters. Licensing and copyright of intellectual properties in the growing multimedia industry and the internet. Synchronization of music in film, video and television. Career development and how major/independent labels market and distribute media.

MUS 50B     ENTERTAINMENT LAW & NEW MEDIA

Entertainment LawIn-depth study and discussion of entertainment law as it applies to the emerging new media market and the music industry. Internet sales and distribution for new media, file sharing, licensing for the web, and digital copyright considerations. Promotional packages, web site development, delivery systems, career promotion strategies, contracts and touring. In-depth analysis of contracts and regulations/potential of starting an independent media production company, record label, or online retail site. Sampling licenses/international copyright law and publishing.

MUS 50D     INTRODUCTION TO THE VIDEO GAME BUSINESS

Introduction to the video game business including how games are designed, manufactured,marketed and distributed. Examines the differences between game publishers and game developers. Breaks down different career paths in the industry and how their roles are integrated such as producers, artists, programmers, marketers, testers, etc. Covers the various market places for games and how they differ.

Song Writers WorkshopMUS 58A     SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP

Workshop course for beginning songwriters that focuses on basic songwriting styles and techniques. Different songwriting basic methods are presented. Students are assigned weekly songwriting projects. Class is appropriate for basic levels of songwriting competency.