The Sound and Music Industry

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ASSIGNMENT TITLE:
The Sound and Music Industry Reference No:
Dennis Tuckerman
Tutor: Adam Morris Assessor:
Date Set:
10/09/07 Completion Date:
18/11/07 Learning Hours: 60
Unit no
Unit Title(s): This project assesses the following module Outcome(s)/Assessment Criteria:
39 The Sound and Music Industry 1

Assignment BRIEF:
This assignment will introduce different areas of the music industry and should on completion, provide an overview of the ‘bigger picture ' of the industry as a whole.

This essay is split into (a) areas (b) careers and (c) royalties but there is obviously a lot of overlap between these areas throughout.
Hunter S Thompson said of the record industry ‘It is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs '.
Basically is a record company just out to make money, or does it have its artists (the product) and its customers (the paying public who will buy what they think are the artist 's wares) close to its corporate heart – i.e. is the name of the game just sheer profit?
For an artist or group to get their finished song as a finished product it has to pass through a number of areas within the Music Industry. Typically these are:-

• actually getting signed and a recording deal with a company/label who then have to (i) physically record and produce the track(s) or album (ii) provide the financial means to pay for all the processes involved in getting the song to market (either paid for by the record company or recouped back from the artist when the record eventually sells and starts to make the artist some money) (iii) physically either manufacture the means of getting the song to the public, or sub contract that work – i.e. the production of the actual CD, DVD . (iv) arrange for and time the distribution of the finished recording (or sub contract it out) (v) provide or sub contract the art work / graphic design involved in any type of packaging for the

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