Offering Info

Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Business)

  • National Course Code: CUA30915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30915-03V02-21NIR-104

Location – Nirimba

Study Type


Course Start Date

01 Feb 2021

Study Commitment

8.4 Hours per week


36 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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Business) as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can create the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the music industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session. You will need access to a laptop, desktop or mobile device and Wi-Fi.

Date Time Location

Tuesday, 8 December 2020 | 7 pm to 8.30 pm | Join us in Microsoft Teams link:


This is an Online course. You will need to attend approximately 2.4 hours of class, 2 days a week for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, skills practice, voluntary work in related areas, networking and other related entertainment industry activities.

This course is delivered online. Students will work through the course materials for each course unit with direction and assistance from the course facilitators. Students must be able to access the internet regularly during each course week. The course averages 11 hours per week. The timetable indicates class sessions that support this course.

Please note: This course is delivered using MS Teams and not through the TAFE Digital learning platform.


The Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Business) covers a broad range of the skills required to succeed in the music industry. These include copyright and royalties, gig booking, artist management and promotion, the structure and roles in the music industry, genre studies and music industry career planning. Successful students will have a keen interest, or some experience, in basic management, are self-directed and be able to read, write and have good numerical skills.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course including tutorial support for students with identified LLN needs

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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is delivered online. It is currently scheduled on Tuesday from 5.30 pm to 9 pm and Wednesday from 4.30 pm to 6 pm. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course.


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?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study.

This course includes all resources needed to complete the course however students must supply note taking materials (notebook & pen/pencils) and personal data storage devices such as USB or portable hard drives.

Most students use a portable computing device during their studies and whilst this may be advantageous it is not a requirement to complete the course assessments. Students will be required to access the internet regularly.


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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.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition


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.

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI visit If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements
CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry
CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBSMB302 Develop a micro business proposal
CUAADM301 Administer bookings for rehearsals and performances
CUAADM302 Book performance venues
CUAIND201 Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAIND304 Plan a career in the creative arts industry
CUAMKG301 Assist with marketing and promotion
CUAMPF304 Make a music demo

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

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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