Music Business Ethics!

033Music Business Ethics!

I was looking for songs used to illustrate business ethics themes. For instance, Billy Joel’s song, Allentown, and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. are good business ethics songs. But my first search pulled up a course offering for “Music Business Leadership and Ethics.” I am delighted. The more specialized a field becomes the more likely its reach is increasing. And few fields need more reach like business ethics.

Below is a piece of the online syllabus. Maybe you will have an opportunity to create or participate in this kind of innovative teaching. If so, Good Luck!!

James Pilant

Music Business Leadership and Ethics Course – Berklee Online

The course begins with an examination of notable leaders, leadership approaches, and industry scenarios important to anyone in the music field. Students will explore ethics from a wide variety of industries to gain an understanding about why ethical choices are important in sustaining one’s career. The music industry is, of course, no stranger to controversy or ethical inquiry. This course work will illuminate current issues such as:

the treatment of artists

intellectual property rights

revenue sharing

digital media and distribution

Students will apply specific decision-making approaches and ethical frameworks toward group activities that mirror the real world. They will explore some controversial issues that have existed for decades and emerging issues that are reshaping the modern music business. Students will be fine-tuning their career plans as they progress through the lessons and they will learn to anticipate decision-making, and ethics challenges. Students will create a blueprint for sound decision-making, effective leadership, organizational planning, and ethical awareness that they can immediately apply toward advancing their careers.

This course gives vital insight in to the overall role of leadership and ethics in the music business, other industries, and in one’s daily life. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

gain insight in to how leadership and decision-making considerations can help create a career plan

examine their plan in the context of the history and evolution and history of the music industry

translate and extrapolate leadership and decision-making strategies from other industries and decision-making scenarios

create a career roadmap with a focus on the achievement of specific goals

identify ethics considerations and leadership opportunities in the music industry that pertain to their career paths

via Music Business Leadership and Ethics Course – Berklee Online.

From Around the Web.

From the web site, Thinking Sounds.

It seems self-evident that music plays more than just an aesthetic role in contemporary society. Its social, political, emancipatory, and economical functions have been the subject of much research. Given this, it is surprising that discussions of ethics have often been neglected in relation to music. The ways in which music engages with ethics are more relevant than ever, and require sustained attention.

The book Music and Ethics (Ashgate 2012, co-author Dr. Nanette Nielsen), being the result of my research on the relation between music and ethics, begins from the idea that music is not only a vehicle to transport ethical ideas, ideas that can also be articulated verbally or discursively; rather, the book demonstrates that music ‘in itself’ can, in a unique and purely musical way, contribute to theoretical discussions about ethics as well as concrete moral behaviour.

Music can teach us to listen carefully and without prejudice. It can also teach us to cooperate and interact with others outside preconceived goals and benefits. It can offer insights into expressions of selfhood, as a key player in the construction of subjectivity. However, on the other hand, music also plays an important role in the disciplining and controlling of human beings. In that sense, music has ‘unethical’ sides as well.