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Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Volume 4, Number 1 (2004)

Knowledge For What? A Change is Gonna Come, and Maybe We Should Be Part of the Solution 

Dick Weissman

University of Colorado Denver (Emeritus)


Changes in the business are inevitable, and constant. These changes often include layoffs of people in the industry. Is productivity a real development, or is it simply a redistribution of the workload? What is the relationship of large scale industry layoffs, and golden parachutes to major executives? The record industry can no longer be seen as a growth industry. Multiple careers over a lifetime of work are now an assumption rather than a rarity. Critical thinking has become a necessity for career preservation. Does growth in music industry or audio programs indicate response to a real need? The continuation of high level executive salaries seems to contradict the actual shape of the industry. The internet does not necessarily lead to successful careers. The author argues that although the music industry is undergoing substantial changes, there is a continuing need for creative approaches in the business side of the industry to help insure success.

Keywords: music industry curriculum, music industry careers, music industry consolidation, major record labels

Weissman, Dick. “Knowledge For What? A Change Is Gonna Come, and Maybe We Should Be Part of the Solution." Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 4, no. 1 (2004): 137-141. https://doi.org/10.25101/4.7

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