22nd Nov - 2019




Study Mode



1 year


Level 5:

Term 1: £995 (no summative assessment)

Term 2: £995 practical/seminar 


Academic partner

The Open University

Awarding Body

Open University




Start Date

January, April & October 2020




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A Level 5 detailed study of copyright law and contracts, the business of music publishing, royalty collection societies and analysis of high profile legal disputes that have impacted this sector

Aims of the module

  • The Module will guide students towards a critical understanding of song and composition copyrights, their value both in the music industry and across other areas of business, how they can be monetised, utilised and provide the foundation for future business growth.
  • We will consider Music Publishing contracts and how they have developed and changed, over time, following various legal interventions by Songwriters.
  • The Module will clarify the various ways songs and compositions can be ‘exploited’ in order to generate revenues for the copyright owner and how those revenues are collected and distributed by the major international ‘Collection Societies’.
  • Students will learn about the history of various iconic songs and their writers. The Module will evaluate the Copyright Act 1988 and critically analyse how it has impacted upon the Music Publishing business.
  • Students will discuss and debate the key contemporary Music Publishing arguments regarding ownership of songs, credits for writing and composing songs, use of original copyrights in secondary compositions and the value of songs in respect of digital streaming.

Who Is This Course For?

The course is aimed at people who want to develop a career in the music industry as a musician, songwriter, artist, band member, producer, arranger, manager, music business executive or music industry entrepreneur.

Our students also develop skills that can enable them to establish careers in a wide range of other related industries such as in the Arts, in the Media, in technology or Education.

Why Take This Course?

We specialise in providing a friendly, creative environment in which every student is supported to reach their artistic potential. This course will connect you to a network of industry professionals and help you find colleagues and collaborators for your own future musical projects.


Entry Requirements


Pre-requisites for taking the module:

Prospective students should have taken level 4 Music Industry Landscape; or

Other music business certificate or diploma; or

Member of a performing rights society or musicians union or the MMF; or

Have experience working with music recordings, song writing or live performance



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