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The Business of Music$
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Michael Talbot

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235286

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312717

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Learning to Crawl: The Rapid Rise of Music Industry Education

Learning to Crawl: The Rapid Rise of Music Industry Education

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(p.292) 11 Learning to Crawl: The Rapid Rise of Music Industry Education
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The Business of Music
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Mike Jones

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235286.003.0012

This chapter examines academic courses in music industry education and the character they should take. It examines the views of the government and the industry itself and compares them with those of higher education institutions. Drawing on George Michael's unsuccessful lawsuit brought against Sony Music as a cautionary tale, it argues that skills alone are not enough to become successful in the music industry. Students also need to approach the industry and its workings critically and clearly understand its multi-faceted complexity and contradictions. New Labour's enthusiasm for the music industry have had direct and indirect consequences for the rise of music industry education in Britain. In particular, the government has launched a national framework for instruction in music-industrial practices in the form of the ‘New Deal for Musicians’ (NDfM). This chapter also explores the tension between the methods and perspectives of Popular Music Studies and those of ‘Management Science’.

Keywords:   George Michael, lawsuit, academic courses, music industry, higher education, New Labour, Britain, New Deal for Musicians, Management Science, Popular Music Studies

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