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Fundamentals of the Music Industry in the Digital Age I (Online)

From the legendary music executive Dr. Mathew Knowles


Point Blank's unique online course Fundamentals of the Music Industry in the Digital Age I is taught by Dr. Mathew Knowles, father of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles and architect behind the careers of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Solange, and more. Dr. Knowles has also worked with legends such as Chaka Kahn, The O’Jays, and Earth, Wind & Fire and has taught and lectured at Harvard University, University of Houston, and University of Manchester, among others. This exciting new 10-week course is delivered online via our award-winning Virtual Learning Environment, and it features frequent industry guest speakers invited by Dr. Knowles himself, who share their expertise and business acumen with the class.

Designed for established music industry professionals, beginners, and music creators alike, Fundamentals of the Music Industry in the Digital Age I is essential to developing a core understanding of the music business, finding talent, marketing, and business issues beneficial to those pursuing or wishing to pursue a career in the music industry. Dr. Knowles focuses this course on practical issues surrounding free expression in the music industry and advanced concepts regarding relationships with publishing companies, record labels, recording studios, producers, managers, and band members.

  • You will learn through a dynamic assortment of lectures, special guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and more, discovering the fundamentals of marketing, publicity, copyright, production, record release, and building an effective team.
  • There are 10 weekly classes, running for two hours per week, scheduled on Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm beginning on February 23, 2022.
  • The total cost of tuition for online attendance in Dr. Knowles' Fundamentals of the Music Industry in the Digital Age I course is $1495.

Point Blank is proud to offer a range of exclusive benefits and features to students who enrol in this course. Call an Admissions Advisor now at (323) 594-8740 or Contact Us and start your career in the music industry today.


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Key Info

Duration 3 Months
Available start dates 2022
  • February 21 (Limited availability)
Weekly timetable 1 class per week. Contact us for details.
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Dr. Mathew Knowles

Dr. Knowles is a legendary author, professor, lecturer, public speaker, entrepreneur, music executive, artist manager and founder of Music World Entertainment (MWE). Based out of Houston, MWE is one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates. Dr. Knowles' impressive track record involves eight consecutive #1 Albums for Destiny's Child, three consecutive #1 Albums fo Beyoncé, and his artists have accumulated a total of 28 Grammy awards.

As well as his impressive industry experience, Dr. Knowles is a renowned academic, having lectured and spoken at some of the world's leading Universities such as Harvard, University of Houston, and University of Manchester. Also a published author, Dr. Knowles has written a number of books on topics such as Public Relations and the Media, The DNA of Achievers, and more.


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Hear from Students

Pablo Noguera

Boma Cheetham West

Mario Doval Garcia

Kimberly Lipscomb

Kristine Mills


$1,495 payment in full
$50 reg fee + balance of $1,445
$50 reg fee + $499 per month
See details during the enrollment process. Monthly installment plans are subject to a 5% convenience fee which is already included in the price shown above.


Bryan Dotel

Recently nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, Tropical Reggaeton producer Bryan Dotel has had great success after graduating from PBLA, including amassing more than a million views on YouTube.

Cathleen Cher

Cathleen has been dancing all her life & already accomplished a bunch of amazing things while studying at PB. She toured with Kanye West as part of his creative team and is a DJ and classically trained pianist.

Travis Holcombe

PBLA Certificate student Travis is a KCRW DJ spinning lost un-classics, playful electronics, spine-snapping breaks and a quirky selection of mind-melting grooves by the pound. Served fresh weekly.

Gina Cat

PBLA graduate Gina holds residencies in top California night clubs, tours internationally & plays festivals around the world from Rhythm & Vines in New Zealand, to Soundwave Canada & Burning Man.

Kamel Omais

Kamel aka Dead-Tones is Guy Gerber’s protege, personal assistant and tour manager. Over Summer he is based in Ibiza as Rumours' main resident, and has releases on labels including Kindisch, Motek, Dialtones Records.

Nicole Moudaber

Studied DJing at PB. Carl Cox: “I've been following her for years. She's amazing.” Residencies in Ibiza, Ministry & releases on VIVa Music & Plastic City show Nicole’s doing things her way.

Loren Granic

Co-founder of 'A Club Called Rhonda', has organized parties in LA & beyond for the past 8 years. Known for its stylish crowd and underground vibe, Rhonda hosts up-and-coming DJs and artists alike.

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What equipment do I need to buy to take the course?

None at all! Every Point Blank student has access to their own fully-equipped workstation in class and during their practical studio work outside of class time. If you decide to purchase equipment for your own home studio, we will be happy to help you arrange student discounts from our leading industry partners including Apple, Ableton, Pioneer, Native Instruments, Serato, Izotope, Waves, and more.

When are the classes scheduled?

For Dr. Knowles' 10-week course, class begins Wednesday, October 6, 2021 and meets once per week for 2 hours at the following session time:

12:00pm – 2:00pm (Afternoon Session)

Call 323.594.8740 for the most up-to-date information on class availability. Our facilities are also open for student use from 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, giving you valuable studio time to make your music and reinforce your new skills outside of class sessions.

Do you provide housing accommodations?

Point Blank has partnered with Upstart Housing to provide our students with inexpensive and conveniently-located housing options in Silver Lake, Echo Park, East Hollywood, and more. Most of our housing locations include built-in recording studio spaces. There are many other options for student housing accommodations near Point Blank LA; please visit our Student Accommodation page for more info.


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