MC536 Week 1

February 15, 2007 Michelle Field

I began the process of discovering about the music industry online by brainstorming a number of topics and then finding examples of them online:

  • Downloading- P2P (Limewire, Soulseek), Subscription (Napster, Yahoo). Copyright and the illegal downloading of music is a major issue.
  • Buying Music (CDs)- e.g. www.ebay.co.uk, www.play.com, www.amazon.co.uk
  • Educational- Learn about music history on record company websites (e.g. www.wmg.com/about, www.lib.washington.edu/music/muhist.html). Also there are educational music sites for children such as www.creatingmusic.com where you can compose your own music and play music games. As well as www.classicsforkids.com/games where rhythm is taught.
  • My Space- Good way for bands to promote themselves (e.g. Artic Monkeys), background profile music.
  • Banners- on websites often advertise artists and there albums and tours.
  • Festivals- Information and tickets can be found online. Such as www.readingfestival.com & www.channel4.com (for T4 on the beach).
  • Tickets- tickets can also be brought via websites like www.ebay.co.uk & www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
  • NEC (www.necgroup.co.uk) – Here you can purchase concert tickets, enter music competitions and sign up to their newsletter for music concert updates which can be personalised.
  • Fan sites- You are able to sign up to your favourite artists’ websites and find out information about them (e.g. tours and tickets).
  • Music forums- e.g. http://www.themusicforums.co.uk (on gigs etc), www.ukmusic.com/forum/pop-music.com (which caters for niche markets with topics on pop music, hip hop etc).
  • Chat rooms- e.g. Yahoo
  • Radio online- Allowing users to listen live e.g. www.heartfm.co.uk
  • Lyrics- find song lyrics (e.g. ww.lyrics.com (a-z listing).
  • Online music magazines- e.g. www.q4music.com & NME, sign up and find out about music news etc.
  • Album/music reviews

I took a look at the five major record label companies’ websites:·        Sony- (www.sonybmgmusic.com), merger, cannot listen to music, simple, not packed with information.·        BMG- (www.bmgmusic.com), listen and buy music, more info available.·        EMI- (www.emirecords.co.uk), flash,·        Warners- (www.wmg. com), lots of info·        Universal- (www.umusic.com)Jobs within the industry may include the following but I am aware that there are many more:

  • Marketing
  • Creative services
  • Finance
  • Legal business affairs
  • Product management
  • Production
  • Purchasing
  • Sales

The product production and distribution are important considerations within the business.I also looked into music management companies and came across www.musicmanagement.org.uk whose website advertises their offline services of arranging music for events (e.g. weddings).

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  • 1. Mr WordPress&hellip  | 

    Hi, this is a comment.
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  • 2. MC536Caroline&hellip  | 

    This is an extremely detailed and informative post on the various types of music industry, which I’m sure will be helpful to many as an educational tool. The breath of links will also help those looking for examples or further explanation. A great blog.

  • 3. Dubber&hellip  | 

    Nice work, Michelle. Some really good links in there, and you’ve thought a lot about the different aspects of the music business — not just making and selling records.

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