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1. Formulate and implement a digital release strategy

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BA (Hons) Music Business

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Pre-requisite module or learning:

MB403 Introduction to Digital Music

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Teaching & Learning

Lectures: 25 x 1.5 Hours

Tutorials: 2 x ½ Hour

Personal Development Time: 161.5 Hours

Module Summary

Designed to give the student advanced knowledge in the distribution and promotion of music online, this module offers a detailed exploration of the future of music in the digital sphere.

It will examine the main players in the distribution and streaming of music such as Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Google, Vevo, Deezer, Napster, Tidal, etc.

It will also consider the relationship between the digital and physical musical worlds including the processing of big data and detailed analytics, digital copyright and royalties, content creation, social networks and user behaviour.

You will be expected to use social media and digital technology to develop your work with reference to current paradigms in e-commerce, and use analytical tools to track its progress.


ìAnalyse and interact with the development and promotion of the digital music industry.

ìIdentify and analyse electronic commerce processes and practices.

ìEmploy and evaluate digital music developmental and analytical tools.

Indicative Study Topics

ìB2B, C2C &P2P

ìParticipatory Cultures



ìSegmenting and targeting

ìBusiness opportunities

ìInformation management

ìOnline payment

ìWeb Analytics: tracking data, analytical tools including Google Analytics

ìOnline Video Analytics

ìMobile Analytics

ìGlobal Digital Strategies

ìThe US musicindustry

ìEuropean markets

ìMusic in Japan


ìEmerging markets

Teaching & Learning Methods

Teaching and learning is delivered via lectures, Q&A, audio material and video material, internet resources, discussions and debates, in class presentations, small group discussions, coursework, in class exercises, e-learning facilitated by Moodle and Independent study and research.

Formative Assessment

This module has one item of formative assessment – a Digital Music Release Portfolio.

Formative assessment will constitute the submission of a zero weighted developmental submission, the Digital Release Strategy.

This will allow candidates to receive peer and tutor feedback on their progress and their release strategy, and it will also subsequently constitute one element of their final Digital Music Release Portfolio submission.

Candidates will also be able to interact with each other for additional peer support via the VLE (Moodle), and to book tutorials with the tutor, module leader and course leader for direct feedback on the progress of their coursework.



On completion of this module a successful student will be able to:

1. Formulate and implement a digital releasestrategy

2. Identify and evaluate current protocols and practices in digital musicreleases.

3. Utilise and analyse current electronic commerce tools andpractices.


Assessed Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes:

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

1. Formulate and implement a digital release strategy

Identify, critique and apply techniques in online music marketing


Identify current paradigms in ecommerce

2. Identify and critically evaluate current protocols and practices in digital music releases.

Appraise current paradigms in ecommerce

Convincingly hypothesize future developments in the growth of ecommerce


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