COLUMBUS, Miss. – A new music business class is being offered at Mississippi University for Women this fall under the instruction of Dr. Valentin Mihai Bogdan, assistant professor of music.


The music business class is a course that is focused on teaching students the business side of music, the intricacies of the music industry and how to develop a career in today’s music world.

The class features three main topics of discussion. The first focuses on how an independent musician (someone who is not signed by a record label) can experience the most significant professional and financial success in today’s music industry. The second topic is recording contracts. Students will discuss and analyze standard recording contracts in order to ensure that all students are aware of both the advantages and risks of signing one. Students will also spend a lot of time looking at royalties which are the method by which the performing artists are paid by the record companies. The third topic centers on music publishing which covers music in movies, television and some copyright issues.

“This is very interesting for composers and students who believe they might be interested in writing music, either for a film, television show or television commercials,” Bogdan said.

All students with other majors are welcome to take the class, but they should speak to their adviser to find out more about what area of their degree this would cover. According to Bogdan, the class will be geared toward students who are interested in music as a career or vocation, such as performing musicians, educators and students interested in working in the music industry (for a recording company, a music publishing company or even a studio). The class is an elective for students with a music major or minor.

“Mississippi University for Women features a vibrant, up-and-coming music department,” said Bogdan.

He believes the facilities on campus in recently renovated Poindexter Hall will allow students to take full advantage of such a class. Bogdan added the campus is within driving distance of Nashville and New Orleans which are two of the main musical hubs in the United States.

Students who show an interest in a career in the music industry as a result of taking this class could certainly research opportunities for internships or even jobs with a record label, publishing company or a studio in that area, Bogdan suggested.

The class will be offered this fall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

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July 31, 2014
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