Joseph Gallo

Joseph Gallo, B.A., M.A.

Music, Fine Arts


Phone: 714-484-7031

Office Hours : Monday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. , 4:00 p.m.-6:00p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Location: Fine Art Building Room 206


MUS 111C The Music Business


Cypress College

The Business of Music Online

Instructor: Mr. Joseph C. Gallo


Office Hours: Virtual M 7:30A-8:00A T 9:15A-11:00A,

Office MW 9:15-10:30A TH 9-10:15A


Phone: (714) 484-7031wk

Response time is generally within 24 hrs.  Weekends will be answered on Monday.

Class Time: Virtual class Th10:30A-12:00P

Room : Virtual Classroom CCC Confer

Course Identification

Course Number: MUS 111COL,The Business of Music Online
CRN# 12139

Semester: Fall 2013 August 26, 2013 – Dec 11, 2013

Prerequisites: NA

Course Description: From copyrights to contracts, this course covers the essential elements of the music industry for performers, songwriters, producers, and managers. Topics include intellectual property law (copyrights), management contracts, publishing companies, performance rights societies, licensing procedures, record manufacturing and distribution, and an overall look at the dynamics of the music and entertainment industries.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Initiate, develop and maintain an independent music-related business.

2. Network with agents, managers and attorneys.

3. Create, assemble and market demos for artists and songwriters.

4. Develop and set up contracts for business and talent.

5. Apply the appropriate principles associated with copyright registration, leasing and licensing, ownership, talent acquisition, payment distributions, and title clearance through performing rights organizations.





The student will be able to name and describe the use of the "bundle of rights of copyright" from memory with 85% accuracy.

Text: "Understanding the Music Business" 1st Ed. By Dick Weissman ISBN: 978-0-13-242313-7 Publisher Prentice Hall/ Pearson


1. Read the assigned chapters and readings. Answer the questions in the For Class Discussion sections at the end of each chapter. Email them to me each week for homework. Homework is due by 8AM Thursday of the assigned week. Except for the 1st week, there will be no late work accepted.

2. Mid-term will be given on the Discussion Board for week 8 and the Final will be given week16 Dec 10, 2013. Both Mid-term and Final are comprehensive. Students will take the tests online. No Exceptions. You will need to submit your test results to my email address.

3. Students will need to interview a music industry professional in the student’s area of endeavor. Please contact me by week 4 to tell me who it is you will interview. This assignment is due by week 10 Oct 29, 2013 . Students will write an essay of the interview and post it on the DB by week 10. This is a must assignment. Failure to do so will result in an "F" grade Questions for the interview will be posted in the Announcement section.

4. Go to the Discussion Board on blackboard each week. Add your thread to the questions

There will be a Virtual Class T 10:30-12:00P in CCC Confer It is not mandatory to attend during the classtime, however you will need to log in sometime during the week to look at the lecture for the week. It is a virtual room for you to ask any questions you may have about the course work.

5. Virtual Class is not mandatory. Failure to complete any part of the work will reduce the grade. There will be no make-ups, late assignments or extra credit given.

Weekly Assignments

1st week Part 1 The Music Business and Its Components Chapter 1 The Record Industry: A History and general Intro Pg 1-14

2nd week Chapter 6 Copyright and Performance Rights Pg 91-107

3rd week Chapter 7 Music Publishing Pg 108-125

4th week

5th week Chapter 4 Intermediaries: Booking Agents, Personal Managers, and Business Managers Pg 56-78

6th week

7th week Chapter 5 Talent Unions Pg 79- 90

8th week MID-TERM Chapter 2 Record Distribution and Promotion Pg15-31

9th week

10th week Chapter 3 Record Deals Pg 32-55

11th week Partnership Law Handout

12th week Chapter 8 Regional Music Markets Pg 126-143

Chapter 9 Specialized Musical Styles Pg 144-166

13th week Chapter 15 Concert Promotion Pg 254-272

14th week Chapter 14 Recording Careers Pg 228-253

15th week Chapter 16 Music Merchandising Pg 273-302

16th week Final

Grading:The instructional method for this class is lecture, textbook assignments, research activities and classroom discussions. Grading is based as follows:

Mid-Term and Final 20% of total grade

Homework 40% of total grade

Interview 20% of total grade

Discussion Board 20% of total grade

Grading Scale: 90 - 100 = A; 80 - 89 = B; 70 - 79 = C; 60 - 69 = D, 59 and below = F

Academic Honesty Policy: Students shall not plagiarize, which is defined as stealing or passing off as one’s own ideas or words of another and as using a creative production without crediting the source. Please click on and click on the "Schedule and Catalog" link. This is the Cypress College Academic Honesty Policy, which can also be found in the 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Attendance: Students must be disciplined. I will not be available on weekends. A student is in jeopardy of being dropped from the roll due to absences or lack of participation. A student will be considered absent if the student does not contact me twice each week by sending homework or doing the discussion board. Individual problems of extended absence due to illness or other cause may be resolved by consultation with the instructor. A Student may receive an "F" grade for plagiarism, cheating, or attitude.

Deadline for weekly assignments is Thursday morning 8a.m. Late material will be graded down after due dates. 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Absences: After a student accumulates in any class more than a week’s absences (more than the number of times the class meets per week) consecutive or nonconsecutive, an instructor may drop the student according to the drop deadline dates. No absence excuses a student from making up class work missed. Students should realize that undue absences may adversely affect their grades. 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog

Student Responsibility: While an instructor may drop a student who has poor attendance, it is the student’s responsibility to officially drop the class. 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog Refer to the class schedule for further instruction on "How to Add/Drop a Class".

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Campus Safety provides escort service upon request at (714) 484-7387.

Special Needs DSPS

Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodations should make a specific request of the instructor at the beginning of the semester or one week prior to the specified need. Refer to the 2013-2014 Cypress College Catalog for more information.

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Tips For Success The successful student is independent, self-motivated, willing to learn on-their-own, and willing to ask questions as soon as questions arise.  They are also good with written instructions, good at expressing themselves in writing, and are aware that technology is as much a convenience as a barrier. Stay on task and be aware of your personal timelines when completing assignments.

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