Offering Info

Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Business)

  • National Course Code: CUA30915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30915-03V02-20NEW-168

Location – Newcastle (focused on Music Business)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

04 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Business) takes you backstage to discover how the music business works. Gain skills to join the industry in an exciting career with a record company, independent label, music publisher or in band management.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn how to:

  • Book gigs and other events
  • Work with copyright legislation
  • Promote music, performers and musicians
  • Identify different music genres
  • Navigate the structure of the music industry


Fine-tune the personal attributes you need to help you get ahead:

  • Commitment and drive to build a behind the scenes career in the music industry
  • Collaborative teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Great communication and listening skills
  • A keen eye for detail


Complete this course and gain:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

  • Pathways to continue your music and business studies and broaden your career opportunities

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Booking agency assistant
  • Promotional assistant
  • Event and festival support worker


Take your career further:

  • Certificate IV in Music Industry (Music Business)
  • Diploma of Music Industry (Music Business)
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Music Business)
  • Bachelor of Business with TAFE NSW Degrees


Australia is the sixth largest music market in the world. By 2023 our total spend on music will reach $1.791b with a staggering $763m spent on digital distribution alone. The Federal Government recognises the importance of music and allocated $30.9m towards local live music in the 2019 budget.

Music is more than economic statistics; it is part of our identity, our shared history, culture, art and experience. Enrol in this course at TAFE NSW and keep the music alive for generations to come.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are committed to becoming actively involved in the music industry
  • Listen to a wide range of music
  • Have solid time management skills to meet deadlines
  • Have experience with the Microsoft Office suite including MS Word
  • Are able to do web based research
  • Have attention to detail
  • Have basic literacy and numeracy skills

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have a basic understanding of:

  • the local music industry with regards to performers, venues, rehearsal spaces and studios
  • music and media outlets in the music industry
  • what is involved in a music business course and how it could relate to a possible career

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • attend classes during the day, 2 days a week, 8 hours a day
  • complete a minimum of 10 hours of assessment work per week
  • participate in a minimum of 8 hours of industry engagement per week; this may include preparing for gigs, researching trends, listening to music, going to gigs and events and/or participating in a range of independent creative projects
  • have a general command of written and spoken English

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Thursday, 7, 14, 21 or 28 November 2019 Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8 Or Date: Friday, 8, 15, 22 or 29 November 2019 Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8 Or Date: Thursday, 5 or 12 December 2019 Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8 Or Date: Friday, 6 or 13 December 2019 Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8 Or Date: Thursday, 16 or 23 January 2020 Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8 Or Date: Friday, 17 or 24 January 2020 Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8

STUDY COMMITMENT This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 18.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including preparing for gigs, researching trends, listening to music, going to gigs and events and/or participating in a range of independent creative projects.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU? This course offering is designed for people who want to work in the creative industries and:

  • have a love of music
  • have some basic skills in running and promoting gigs
  • want to know more about copyright, contracts, music promotion, online marketing and the staging of gigs and events
  • want to learn from highly experienced teachers who are leading engineers and musicians in the music industry and will provide you with extensive knowledge and techniques
  • are aged over 16
  • have recently left school, changing study options from academic study to vocational training, or between jobs, and wanting to transition to a new career

If students are unsure of their level of music knowledge and experience, other study options are available, such as Certificate II in Music Industry, to support your music studies.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available at the Information Sessions. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.30am to 5.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements
CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAADM301 Administer bookings for rehearsals and performances
CUAMKG301 Assist with marketing and promotion
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBLIB503 Develop and promote activities, events and public programs
SITXEVT304 Provide event staging support
BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
CUAWRT301 Write content for a range of media

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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