About Music Business Education

Thebiz.com.au is designed to be a "go-to" resource for music, entertainment and art managers, educators and students. Originally designed to support educators using the Music Business Educational Supplements the site has since expanded to include a variety of new features including new textbooks, a regular industry news source and in-depth research papers produced by the site principals, Mark Beard and Ben O'Hara.

We also see the site as a publishing opportunity for music and arts academics looking to build to the body of knowledge particularly in the music business sector, which is an academic discipline still in its infancy. We thank all current contributors and would welcome more. So if you have some music, entertainment or arts management research you would like to share with your colleagues contact us today.
“I have ordered some copies of your books… what fantastic resources.” 
Andrea Smith - Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (Brisbane)

Ben O'Hara

Ben is currently the Dean of Collarts, and has taught music industry business at a number of institutions across Australia, including the Sydney Institute of TAFE Ultimo, The University of Tasmania, EORA College, and JMC Academy in Sydney and Melbourne.

His most recent position saw him working as the Head of Higher Education (Music Business) at Box Hill Institute in Melbourne. Ben has a broad range of experience in the music industry, having worked in music publishing and licensing as well as event and artist management. He has also been a performer for over 15 years and runs his own booking agency. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in contemporary music (Honors) from Southern Cross University and a Masters of Business in Arts and Cultural Management from The University of South Australia. He is also currently completing a PhD at Monash University.

Mark Beard

Mark Beard Mark has a background in music, arts and entertainment marketing, business-to-business marketing-communications and higher education. He has worked closely with both start-ups and established businesses helping to refine and execute a wide range both traditional and new media marketing communications. He has taught music business, management and marketing at a number of educational institutes including The Australian Institute of Music, APM Training College of Business & Communication and JMC Academy in Sydney and Brisbane.

Mark is the founder and director of Kreshendo, a branding and web design agency on the Sunshine Coast. Kreshendo focuses on sports, entertainment and event branding and web development. Mark is also a musician and performer with over 15 years’ experience. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Tourism) from Charles Sturt University, a Master of Marketing from The University of New South Wales and a Professional Guitar Player Certificate from the Musicians Institute, California. 

Connect with Mark on Linkedin - http://au.linkedin.com/in/markjbeard
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