Unit 1: The Music Industry

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Unit 1: The Music Industry
Core unit:
Must pass (at least) to get BTEC
Exam in summer 2016
Two main learning aims:
- Types of organisations in music industry
- Job roles in the music industry
Radio and T.V channels
Record labels
Production Companies
Management companies
Internet streaming & sales
Promotion companies
Instrument / Equipment maker
Types of Job Roles
Performance jobs
Stage Director
Back up singers
Session musicians
T.V & Radio presenters
Pit band / house band
Support Acts
Performance & creative roles
Role / Job What the job requires Disadvantages&
Works with?

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Musician Vocalist Lead with a band Impress the Instrumentalists
Backing vocals audience Producers
Pro vocal technique Back up the main Stylists
& knowledge of singer Agents
music Could damage voice Managers
Session Singing May outshine the Songwriters /
Reading music & main singer composers
sight reading Other Artists
Versatile with styles Dancers
Live performance:
perform skills &
Instrumentalists Pro training &
technique (not
Musical Knowledge
Playing in a band /
Original pop act
Accompanist Provides Gives performer Solo musicians
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Composer/songwriter/pro Musical theatre Put in a lot of work with no
Music for plays result
Film & T.…read more

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Producer Producing artists recordings Shape overall album
Helps to shape a song Sounds unified
Shapes the sound Push performance levels to
Choose extra instruments and max
voices Help the artist's confidence
Create the sonic identity of the Might have too much input in
recording (all songs have a the artist's work
unified sound) - traditional Could be inexperienced or the
type of role wrong experience
Modern Producer Modern Producer
Produce own `beats' to sell There is a lot of freedom with
Sequencing music (to use…read more

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Live sound technician Plans stage layout + Mics If finance allows, own sound
+ monitors engineer knows the music and
Rigging & De-rigging (set up & mixes well
plug in) Good engineer can improve
Supervise the sound crew the overall experience
(delegate the jobs) May not know the music and
Oversee progress therefore mix badly
Bad engineer, band gets the
Sound Checking blame and reputation is
Check microphones and lines affected
Adjusting levels on front of
house mix & monitor mix
Monitor - what the…read more

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Venue Manager Booking events (things that Artist can concentrate on the
will sell) music
Looking after licenses (from Organise a lot of gigs
council - event licence) & Could under-promote an event
(Alcohol & food licence)
Manage staff; Security,
Catering, Box office, Cleaners,
Tech Crew, Stewards,
Hiring extra security
Health & safety for public, staff
and performances (if not
property managed, you could
lose the event licence)
Managing Publicity for Events
Ads on transport
Billboard displays
Social Media
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Promoter Put on events and make a Allows artist to concentrate on
profit from them music
Identify performance Could be outdated of what's in
opportunities - what will work vogue
and what will sell Could cause financial loss
Looking for good venues & through bad judgement and
artists + loosing with them under-promotion/ bad
Be aware of what is management
Secure finance for events
(Getting investors in advance -
including yourself)
Manage financial risk of
Manage insurance
Manange health and safety -
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