Music Business Courses provides qualified, practical information about the business in a stimulating interactive group setting. Our courses are bespoke and  offer a direct and personal insight into how it all works.

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The Guardian Masterclasses

Our next course will be a three hour evening session on the 20 October 2015 as part of The Guardian Masterclasses programme on the ever popular topic of “How To Self-Release your Music”.  For details please see The Guardian Masterclasses website:


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The Great Escape

In May we hosted a session as part of the BIMM Student Sessions at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.  The panelists were noted industry  figures, Jeff Smith, of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music: Bryan Johnson of Spotify, James Endeacott of 1965 Records and Mark Bennett of booking agents, The Agency Group.  The topic was”We Are A&R” and it explored the meaning and range of A&R. Despite some sound issues – well it was live folks –  we managed a lively debate from the panelists and there was some useful interaction from the audience.



Alongside our courses and presentations at Liverpool Sound City and for The Guardian Masterclasses series we have also been busy delivering a bespoke course on aspects of ‘Curation’ to the students at BIMM Fulham which we then adapted as part of a Student Sessions Panel at the Great Escape Music Festival in Brighton in May. It seems it was a timely choice of topic given the subsequent debate around algorithms versus human interaction in choice of music.

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Guardian Classes

The Guardian building, Kings Place

Following up on the three great one-day sessions on ‘How to get ahead in The Music Business’ with our friends at Guardian Masterclasses (@guardianclasses) we have also  run a couple of new events for them in a larger group session (110 people) over a shorter, three hour period.  so far we have run them on the  subject of “How to release your own music” and on the “Busienss of Songwriting” with guest speaker, Daniel Rachel.  Self-release has proved a popular topic and we have played to packed houses with very attentive audiences and some excellent questions to stretch us.  Repeat sessions followed in  October 2014 and again in July 2015.  The latter was another full house so we are running it again on 20 October 2015.

Overview of the Music Business


The first course offering an Overview of the Music Business ran in November to a full house. It comprised a snapshot of the key elements to determine who does what, how and why and is the logical foundation stone upon which to build an understanding of how the various moving parts work in detail and gel together.

Ann Harrison

non cropped white backgroundAnn Harrison is the author of ‘Music: the Business‘ (published by Virgin an imprint of Penguin/ Random House).  The fully revised and updated 6th edition was published on 3 July 2014 and is also available as an ebook.  The book is the leading textbook and is required reading on all music industry courses in the UK. Ann is a qualified lawyer and has been advising clients in the music business for over 25 years, the last 10 as part of her legal consultancy, Harrisons Entertainment Law Limited.  In November 2014 Ann joined media law firm, Swan Turton as a consultant. Ann regularly presents Master Classes to students around the UK and was recently seen appearing on the BBC4 documentary ‘The World’s Richest Songs‘ on which she was also script consultant. Ann’s clients include household names as well as those just starting out in the business.

Ian Ramage

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Ian Ramage has worked through the ranks from office junior to hold senior executive positions in marketing and publishing/A&R at Polydor, Warners, EMI, BMG and Sony/ATV. Since 2011 he has worked freelance, managing artists and lecturing about the music business at several leading institutions. He remains an incurable music fan as well as a fascinated and experienced observer of the business.