The Essentials

This course, broken into three modules, provides the essential framework for understanding the operation of the music business.

It will equip students with the building blocks needed to navigate the later courses and to commence a career in music sounding like a professional.

The Foundation course reveals the essential connection in the music business which impacts on every artist and every industry professional, and introduces the business models that sit behind both live and recorded music. Foundation instantly corrects many misconceptions about the business of music and puts students on the right path to success.

I have known Andrew since he joined Music Victoria’s industry education sub-committee about 6 years ago. He has recommended a number of bright students for internships.

Andrew's passion and knowledge for music education is inspiring for young people who want to forge careers in the music business. His recent book 'Welcome to the Jungle' is the most thorough and up-to-date publication summarising the current (and ever changing) landscape of the music business and opportunities within in the industry. Andrew draws on many years of experience as a publisher, journalist, teacher, lawyer and manager and it is important that this knowledge is passed on to the next generation of music industry professionals.

- Patrick Donovan, Music Victoria




Introduces students to the history of music as an industry or business and is an important foundation module for the rest of the course. Many of the concepts examined in this introductory module emerge again in later units making this an essential platform.


Looks at the supply chain model of the music industry and is essential to understanding the way the industry has functioned since its inception. Examines the processes of artists and their music as they move through the industry before getting in front of consumers.


In the modern music business there a number of new theories and practices that impact on the way business is done and students need to be aware of the terminology and practice currently being used. This module introduces new ways of looking at the modern music industry and opens students up to speaking its language.


Your Instructor

Andrew Watt
Andrew Watt

Andrew Watt, author of Welcome To The Jungle – Navigating the Music Business In Australia, an anecdotal textbook for the music business in Australia, teaches a number of music industry related subjects at tertiary colleges including Melbourne University, Victoria University, Collarts and RMIT.

Andrew's exceptional career in the music industry began as the founder, editor and publisher of music-centric street magazine InPress. Andrew went on to become a music publisher with the Paul Dainty Corporation, an artist manager of high profile acts both in Australia and the USA, a television producer with multiple network credits including Executive Producer of Rock Soldiers (a documentary on the Australian concert touring world) and a music journalist and commentator.

Andrew has a wealth of anecdotal hilarity from years of backstage fun and misadventure, he doesn't just teach the music endustry - he lives in it. Read more about Andrew Watt here.

Not only did Andrew provide an exceptional insight and understanding into the Music and Entertainment industry, but with his ongoing support and encouragement, he helped me break into the Music industry of which I now hold a full time position and potential life-long career.

Andrew is an inspiring educator, lecturer and all round great human being who has given me a whole new way to look at the Entertainment Industry and my life moving forward, and for this I am forever grateful.

- Daina, Student

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should do this course?
Anyone who wants to be a productive and successful participant in the music industry - whether as an artist (performer, songwriter, producer, performer) or someone working in the business of music (managers, record labels, agents, promoters etc). The course is suited to beginners and also to those already with their foot in the door of the industry and wanting to accelerate their career progress.

What will I learn from this course?
Knowledge! Genuine, real knowledge. The Music Business Education course has been designed to provide students with no-nonsense, no-hype, accurate and current knowledge about the realities and operation of the music industry. The course has been designed by a professional educator who has also successfully worked in the music industry as an entertainment lawyer, international artist manager, music journalist and music publisher and draws on years of personal experience and relationships with hundreds of real major players in the music industry. You will learn the structure, roles and realities of the industry, in the language used by industry insiders and the proven practices used by successful participants in the industry.

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