I’m back with another “Music Industry Book Club” recommendation for all of you! From a friend’s recommendation, I recently have fallen in love with a website called edX. This isn’t a typical book recommendation, but just a great resource for self-learning in topics that aren’t available to you – basically, the site serves as a medium so students can participate in free online classes in courses from some of the top universities (Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, Cornell, etc.).
But most importantly, you can take a course from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (!) called Introduction to Music Industry. The course actually started January 27th and is 6 weeks long, but they’ve only gone through the first lesson and you can catch up. Lesson 1 spanned the history of the music industry, detailing the progression from sheet music to piano rolls to radio to vinyl to cassettes – you catch my drift. For someone who has no access to music industry courses at my school, this is a gift sent from above. Lesson 2 is all about recording agreements and the specifics of 360 agreements, contracts, royalties, advances, etc. and the rest of the lessons follow the same pattern of giving a good overview of the music industry. Amazing, right?
Whether you’re a hopeful musician, producer, manager, publicist, or any other professional in the industry, this is essential knowledge. I cannot rave more about edX. I’ll tell you now that all of these courses are amazing – I don’t have the most diverse course load, but I have the opportunity to take interesting classes about the challenges of global poverty, the chemistry behind culinary art and cooking, the science of everyday thinking, and more. So all in all, join me in taking this music industry class – it’s well worth the few hours a week it takes!