HND MUSIC BUSINESS
This course is designed for those who wish to develop essential business skills and competencies within the context of the music industry.
In addition to an academic approach, you will be involved in many projects designed to provide opportunity to gain valuable hands on industry experience by managing one of the college’s record labels Electric Honey.
What you need to qualify for entry...
As a learner on the HND Music Business course, you will benefit from having the attained skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience.
- A pass in one relevant Higher is preferable or completion of a relevant NQ/NC course at SCQF level 6 is required.
- An appropriate level of English/Literacy (SCQF level 6) is required from all applicants.
- A strong interest in music business, the management of music business and music related entrepreneurial activity.
Prior or experiential learning may also be considered appropriate in some circumstances.
Informal interview and participate in a short presentation/group discussion task.
Task: "Take an artist or band of your choice and tell us why you think they have become successful in the music business." Be prepared to discuss this with the delivery team and other prospective applicants onto the Music Business course on the day of interview.
You should compile a written response on why your chosen band has become successful in addition to discussing this task at interview.
Applicants are required to bring a reference and copies of current qualification certificates with them to the interview/information session.
Study year 1:
- Music Business: Communication Skills
- Music Business: Graded Unit 1
- Music History: Genres, Record Labels and Artists
- Music Industry
- Music Industry: Budgets & Accounts
- Music Industry: Marketing & Promotion
- Music Law
Study year 2:
- Music Business: Digital Distribution
- Music Business: Graded Unit 2
- Music Business: Professional Development Project
- Music Business: Start- Ups
- Music Law
2 Academic Years.
August - June.
If you wish to study on a part-time basis you should provide information about this in their personal statement and at interview.
There are several progression opportunities on successful completion of the course.
Ordinary Degree eg: BA Commercial Music, BA Music Business at level 9
You will also develop transferable skills in areas such as accounting, communication, marketing and promotion throughout the HN Music Business which may help you apply to a business degree programme.
There are a range of career opportunities as progression from the HN Music Business:
- Record Label roles
- Music Publishing
- Rights Administration
- Tour Management or crew
- Music/artist management
- Live events management
“In 2006 I had little idea of what I wanted to do with my professional life other than a notion, which seemed fanciful at best, to work in the music industry.
My journey from the college under the guidance of estimable mentors such as Ken McCluskey has taken me from Glasgow to Chicago and to London in music marketing roles with Tennent's Lager (Glasgow), Thrill Jockey Records (Chicago) and currently FUGA (London). In addition to that, I've managed a number of artists local and international - Casual Sex (Moshi Moshi Records), Shiny Darkly (Crunchy Frog Recordings) and Catholic Action (Modern Sky Entertainment).
Had I not joined the Music Business course at Kelvin College, I can say with 100% certainty, that my life would have taken a very different path.”
"After trying a variety of career paths including studying biochemistry and working full time in retail, 2015 saw me take the plunge and follow my passion, music. Having learned about the HND Music Business course online, it described everything I had wanted to be involved in for a number of years. The two year course delivered on every single level and gave me the confidence, knowledge and skills to go out and achieve my dreams. In my time at college, I threw myself into as many activities as I could physically fit into the day and through that, met many new friends and industry contacts who’ve helped me into the position I am today.
Now 2 years on from completing the course, I am working full time as a music publisher at 23rd Precinct Music, project manager of music industry conference Resonate and tour manager for Sony artist Be Charlotte. I am so thankful to the whole Music Business team at GKC, without whom I would still probably be wandering aimlessly through different career paths! My job has taken my all over the world, something I could have never of dreamed of doing before joining the HND Music Business course, only a few years ago. I have been fortunate enough to visit Iceland, France, USA, Austria, Germany, Italy and more.
All in all, huge huge huge thanks to Ken, Sara and the team at GKC for believing in me and always supporting me!"