Music Business Courses in London | MMBE Accreditation

One Wednesday Per Week - 10:00 am to 5:00pm - 13 Weeks.

Next Course Starts September 13th 2017

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About Tileyard Studios

Tileyard Studios is a thriving creative ecosystem in the exciting King’s Cross area of Central London. The complex has more than 70 state of the art music studios, as well as more than 100 office spaces that provide a home to a wide spectrum of companies predominantly operating in the music, film & television, fashion and creative tech sectors.

Tileyard benefits from a range of facilities and amenities to help create the ideal working environment. The complex is fully fibre enabled and, in conjunction with our IT partner Optimity, we can provide super-fast fibre optic broadband to our clients at an affordable price. We also have a secure underground bicycle store with shower facilities for those that like to cycle to work, and run our Tileyard shuttle bus that loops between Tileyard Studios and King’s Cross station.

MB School Facilities

You'll benefit from using world class learning facilities when you attend Music Business School at Tileyard studios. All new desktop Apple computers have been installed in the recently build study centre and there are over 70 music studios which attract some of the worlds leading music business talent to work here.

Just have a look at the roll call of people and orginisations who call Tileyard studios home and you'll understand why this is London's leading base for music business.

Mark Ronson, Chase & Status - Echo Location Talent Agency - MMF (Music Managers Forum) - Notting Hill Publishing - Sofar Sounds - MTA Records and over 70 other music businesses are based right were you will be studying.

MB School Networking

Building your contacts list is essential to your success in the music business. At Music Business School we put networking and building contacts at the heart of everything we do.

Some of the UK's leading music business executives will be meeting with you and letting you know how they get business done via our Guest Speaker programme. If shaking hands with them is not enough, then just look around you.

Every day the UK's most exciting music personnel are sitting next to you in the Tileyard Cafe, attending the networking events at Tileyard Venues, or popping into our classes via our Guest Speaker programme.

And every course we'll be inviting you to some of the music business events to meet them!

Music Business School - 2017 Course Content

Week One

To start we’ll give you an overview of the music business as it exists currently.

We give you an introduction to: key revenue streams, music business services, and live music promotions.

We’ll also start you on the path to thinking about:

  • The Artist – recording and compositions.
  • The music business service sector – management, live, legal, and financial.
  • Copyright and Rights Administration- record labels, publishers, collection societies.
  • How to Evaluate Potential Revenue Streams.

Also on the agenda is meeting your fellow students and starting to build your new set of music business contacts.


Meuhish_2STEVE MELHUISHSteve’s had over 35 years’ experience working in and teaching the music business. His experience combines with our unique roster of leading UK and international music guest presenters to bring you the UK’s leading fast-track music business course.

Start a Record Label

This week we take a deep dive into the business of starting a record label. We look at ways different kinds of labels release music including Indie and Major Labels. We also talk about how all this applies to the self-releasing artist.

  • Distribution to iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Plus to High Street Stores
  • Manufacture of CD’s and Vinyl
  • Registering Recordings with Collection Societies for Labels and Self-Releasing Artists.
  • Additional Income – Licensing, Brand Association, and New Markets.
  • Legals – Retail, Distribution, Multiple Rights and 360 Degree Deals.

Robert HorsfallROBERT HORSFALL – Sound Advice Legal (LLP) Specialist Music Lawyers.



Henry SemmenceHENRY SEMMENCE – CEO, Absolute Marketing.



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MMBE Guest Speaker Dave GogginDAVE GOGGIN – Repertoire Data Quality Manager – PPL

Music Publishing

Generating income from songs and recorded music which has been placed in Films, on TV, in Games, and in Advertising is vitally important to the music business. This week we’ll be introducing you to the sometimes hidden business of global music publishing.

  • Publishing Companies – who are they and how do they make money for you.
  • Self-Publishing – Is this a realistic option and how do you go about it.
  • TV, Film and Advertising Sync Agents & Music Supervisors – who are they and what do they do?
  • Licensing Agreements – The Legal Side. Meet the experts and learn the essentials.


Lance Phillips LANCE PHILLIPS – Partner, Sheridans Law Practice (Music & Digital Media)



Saul Galpern (2) SAUL GALPERN – MD, Nude Music Group.



Mike Hyland MIKE HYLAND – Writer Representative Manager, PRS for Music



PETER PAWAN – Music Coordinator, Presana Music Group.Peter Pawan

Artist Management

Artist Managers are the power brokers in the new digital music business. In this unit we’ll study the role they play, we’ll examine the responsibilities, and we’ll tell you about the different business models they operate under. If you’re a self-managed artist taking control of your own career we’ll look into how you build a winning team to support you.

  • Management Contracts – we demystify the terms, territories, and commissions.
  • Building a Team – Lawyers, PR and Marketing, Tour Managers and the rest.
  • Working with Marketing and Promoting Artists. Where to get additional info.
  • Your responsibilities to your artist and their responsibilities to you.


MMBE Guest Speaker Jon Webster JOHN WEBSTER – President, Music Managers Forum. ( Global Network of Artist Managers)



ERIC LONGLEY – Ex Happy Mondays Manager & Accountant, Director of Taxation, Prager & Fenton.

Taking it Live & Touring

Learning about the live side of the music business is going to be essential to you as you make your way in the music business. In this unit we’ll give you a clear understanding of it, from both the artist and managers perspective but also as a live promoter.

  • Who are the live music business players?  Promoters, Agents, Tour Managers.
  • Live Music for Artists – Stage Plans, Technical Considerations, Tour Support from your Label.
  • Live Music for Promoters – Costing an Event, Planning, Permissions from Council.
  • Things we all need to consider – Health & Safety, Contracts and Agreements.


Chris Sheehan CHRIS SHEEHAN – Director, Karousel Music (Showcase Promoter & Agency)



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SIMON PARKES – Founder, Brixton Academy.



MMBE Guest Speaker Andy Inglis ANDY INGLIS – Tour Manager, Fivethousand Tourning.

Getting onto Radio

Radio is still one of the most important media platforms for getting music to a mainstream audience. We explore what it takes to get your music to the people who make the programming decisions, and we take a look at some of the current changes in the radio & digital media landscape.

  • An overview of BBC Radio – Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music.
  • An explanation of Radio Playlists – A, B, and C Lists – How to they fit into programming.
  • What about Spot Plays and Specialist Programmes.
  • Radio Pluggers – The people who can help you get played. Who are they and what do they charge?
  • On Air  On Sale – What does it mean? How do the different networks treat it?
  • The Future of Radio – Is it Radio 1’s Live Lounge or is it Spotify, Soundcloud, and Pandora.


Jacob Rickard JACOB RICKARD – Producer, BBC Radio One (Annie Mac)

Working with Producers

From the traditional studio producer to producers who remix and those who create entirely new works based on the original, artists and labels are spoilt for choice these days. Some producers are artists in their own right taking their work to festivals in front of massive audiences. In this unit find out about:

  • Different styles and types of producers.
  • Who pays them and what kind of fees should you pay.
  • Including samples in your music and how to clear the rights.
  • Mastering: Will technicians be replaced by computers.


Sample Magic SAMPLE MAGIC – World’s leading provider of pro-audio loops and samples to music producers.


LSS Logo LONDON SCHOOL OF SOUND – Specialists in Music Production and Audio Engineering.

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing and Social Media have lowered the entry barriers for connecting with music fans and building an audience for your artist, label or club night. In this series of session we look at the platforms that you can use to build your online presence and support more traditional forms of marketing.

  • Platforms – How to correctly set up your Website, Social Media and other online presence.
  • Online Advertising – A look at paid options. Costs and measuring success.
  • Direct to Fan Marketing and Retail Platforms.
  • Using Social Media Networks Effectively
  • Branding and Communications – Marketing Assets – Developing a Music Marketing Timeline.


Darren Hemmings DARREN HEMMINGS – Founder, Motive Unknown. (Marketing for BMG, Alt J, AIM Awards)

Finance Your Music Career

You’ve made it through the course. Now we’re giving you the chance to meet the people who can help fund your music career. This is it! This is the start of your new music business career.

  • Sourcing Finance and Investment
  • Different forms of Business Funding
  • Present a Music Investment Proposal.


Chris Panayi CHRIS PANAYI – CC Panayi & Co LLP: Accountants & Business Advisors.






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Please Note: The weekly order of lessons shown here might be changed in order to accommodate guest speakers schedules. Not all guest speakers are available on every course.