NYU's Los Angeles Program is seeking a local, part-time lecturer to teach an undergraduate course focused on music publishing for upper-level undergraduate students. The course will be under the sponsorship of NYU's Steinhardt's School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the department of Music and Performing Arts Professions (Music Business).
The course is expected for Spring 2022 (late January to mid May). The class meeting pattern for this 2 credit course will be discussed with qualified applicants during the interview process. In addition to the time required for course preparation, classroom instruction, and assessment, the instructor is required to hold a minimum of one set 60-minute "office hour" per instruction day, during which the instructor will be available to meet with students. The instructor must be prepared to deliver course content and provide office hours remotely if conditions do not allow in-person instruction.
It's often said, "It all begins with a song." The music industry is comprised of two primary rights holders, record companies and music publishers. This seminar style class will focus on the latter - the often mysterious and frequently misunderstood cousin of the record companies. Without the creative and administrative skill and financial strength of music publishers and the various entities connected to the business of songs, there would be no recordings. This class will dissect the business of songwriting and music publishing from its historical basis up through and including the distribution and monetization of digital rights for songs. Topics include the legal foundation of music copyright, performing and mechanical rights, synch licensing, publishing deals, music supervision and the role of and issues facing the contemporary music creator and music publisher in the 21st century music marketplace.
By the completion of this course, students will:
Explain in detail the importance of copyright and how creators can use it to their advantage and the legislation and laws governing the current music landscape
Discuss in detail how contemporary music publishers work, acquire, exploit song catalogues and develop songwriters as well as the different rights associated with the exploitation of music.
Acquire an in-depth understanding of publishing deals, the various royalty streams, income generation and distribution, and the role of the various performing rights organizations (PROs)
Structure and apply the types of publishing deals to various songwriter and catalogue opportunities.
Develop a basic understanding of the how the digital realm has affected the monetization and licensing of copyrights and distribution of royalties to creators and publishers.
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