CMU's 2024 Masterclass Sessions

Get an expert overview of the topics that will define the music business in 2024, including copyright, streaming and AI, as well as economics of streaming developments.
CMU's 2024 Masterclass Sessions

Start 2024 on the best possible footing with CMU's virtual masterclass sessions.

CMU's Chris Cooke presents a series of online masterclasses to bring you fully up to date on the latest trends, developments and debates in the music industry.

Each masterclass is delivered live on Zoom including Q&A - and you can access the session as an on-demand recording any time afterwards on CMU's learning platform.

Power through 2024 equipped with the knowledge you need

👉 Book all 8 CMU Masterclasses for just £299 inc VAT

To get this price make sure the discount code MASTERCLASS100 is applied on the checkout page - it should add automatically, but if not you must add it to get the discount.

You'll get immediate access to The Music Business In 2024, Music Streaming In 2024, Music Copyright In 2024 and Music + AI In 2024 as on-demand sessions, and then access to the live and on-demand sessions for the remaining Masterclasses.

The Music Business In 2024

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This session provides an overview of key trends and developments in the music business during 2023, and will bring you fully up to speed on the current challenges and opportunities in the recording, publishing and live sectors. Whatever role you have in the music industry, this session will ensure that you have a full understanding of the wider business in 2024.

  • Key music revenue streams: what's changed?
  • How the artist business evolved in 2023
  • The revival of live music in 2023
  • Why AI dominated the headlines in 2023

Music Streaming In 2024

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In this masterclass we will guide you through the music streaming business in 2024. We will tell you which digital services are generating the most revenue and growth in music markets across the world. Plus we will discuss how and why the streaming business model is evolving - including reviewing the changes being made by Spotify and Deezer - and we'll explain why some people are proposing even more radical reforms.

  • Key streaming services: an overview
  • How and why the streaming model is changing
  • The ongoing economics of streaming debate
  • UGC platforms and revenues

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This masterclass will give you a full understanding of the latest commercial trends and legal developments around music copyright. We will explain how music rights are monetised, protected and traded in 2024. Plus we will review some of the key controversies, including around AI and the 'song theft' cases that followed the landmark 'Blurred Lines' ruling in 2015. 

  • Music rights revenue streams
  • The copyright obligations of AI platforms
  • The evolution of music piracy
  • Song theft cases: ‘Blurred Lines’ to ‘Thinking Out Loud’

Music + AI In 2024

⚡️ Now available as an on-demand session - buy now and get immediate access!

This masterclass will consider the opportunities created - and threats posed - by AI in the music industry. You will learn about the latest developments in generative AI and how the music business can capitalise on these radially evolving technologies. And we will provide a very timely review of the debates and disputes over the legal and ethical obligations of AI companies to human creators and copyright owners. 

  • Music-making generative AI: An overview
  • The legal challenges of AI
  • The commercial opportunities in AI
  • How music companies are using AI today

Economics Of Streaming: Debates & Controversies

Tuesday 27 Feb 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm CET / 9.30am US East Coast

This masterclass will help you understand the big debate about the economics of music streaming. We will identify and explain each specific issue that has been raised about the streaming business model, and outline the positions taken by the different stakeholder groups in the music industry. You'll also get a complete update on the ongoing economics of streaming work that is being led by the UK government. 

  • The evolution of music streaming
  • Key issues with the business model
  • The UK streaming inquiry and government-led projects
  • Other initiatives to address streaming issues

Economics Of Streaming: Money & Allocation

Tuesday 5 Mar 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm CET / 9.30am US East Coast

In this masterclass we will explore the controversies over the way streaming revenues are shared out between artists, songwriters, record labels, music publishers and the streaming services. There is a three-step process to getting artists and writers paid, and there are issues at each step. We will explain the process, tell you what the issues are, and run through all the changes that have been made or proposed. 

  • How the digital pie is currently sliced
  • Proposed changes to track allocation
  • Proposed changes to revenue share splits
  • Proposed changes to artist remuneration

Economics Of Streaming: Data & Transparency

Tuesday 12 Mar 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm CET / 9.30am US East Coast

In this masterclass we will explain why bad metadata and a lack of transparency have created significant issues in the music streaming business. We will then run through various initiatives that seek to solve these problems - and explain the role artists, songwriters, studio producers, record labels, music distributors, music publishers, collecting societies and streaming services need to play in delivering the solutions.

  • Metadata: Getting people credited and paid
  • Transparency: Understanding the model
  • The UK data and transparency codes
  • The role of copyright law

Economics Of Streaming: Rights & Innovation

Tuesday 19 Mar 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm CET / 9.30am US East Coast

In this masterclass we will run you through the key innovations occurring in the digital music market right now - and consider the role played by digital platforms beyond subscription streaming services. As the digital market becomes more sophisticated and diverse, the artist/label relationship will change again - we'll explain how, and then outline what artists, managers, labels, lawyers and other music industry people need to do to prepare. 

  • Innovations in the digital music market
  • Licensing challenges and opportunities
  • Rights and revenues on UGC platforms
  • The impact on the artist/label relationship
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