As a Music Business/Management student at Berklee College of Music, as much as I try to keep updated with the current events of the music industry, I always find it a struggle to constantly know everything that’s going on. For this reason, I always look to the college’s publication the Music Business Journal to inform me. Lucky for me, the journal is back with its first issue of the fall, right in time to help me out with all those midterms I have next week.
The journal emerged as a project led by Peter Alhadeff, professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee. Since its launch in March 2005, the MBJ has grown to be a leading source of music business news and industry analysis for Berklee and other college students as well as industry professionals.
In the current issue, students explore various prevailing topics in the music industry. Key features include: Apple’s rumored development of an Internet radio program; a discussion of Berklee alumnus Psy and Gangnam Style; an exploration of the logic behind Crowdfunding; and a guest article titled “Startup Call” by Music Business/Management faculty George Howard, which distills information from a business bestseller, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, for music entrepreneurs.
I might be biased because I am on the staff of the journal, but with each semester’s publications, I am continually impressed by the expertise that the writers provide on a wide scope of relevant music industry topics – and this issue is no exception. I am proud to be part of such a team that puts their best foot forward, staying on top of the journal’s mission “to inform and educate aspiring music professionals, connect them with the industry, and raise the academic level and interest inside and outside the Berklee Community.”[i] So check it out, read through it, and learn a little about the business of behind that fun and entertaining part of out daily lives we know as music.
The latest issue of the journal can be found at thembj.org, with the option to download a copy of the PDF straight to your desktop.
While I am a member of the Music Business Journal, this post is from a personal perspective and in no way reflects the views of the Music Business Journal as a whole.