Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Deborah C Poff, Alex C. Michalos

Ethics, Craft, and the Business of Music

  • Earl DaveyEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_355-1


Craft: skilled work/artistic practice


Ethical decision-making in music and the business of music involves the intersection of moral philosophy and the world of action, consideration of which raises the central question of the basis for such decisions. The grounds for ethical decision-making are multiple and varied, and oftentimes decisions are rooted in more than a single ethical framework. What follows is a brief exploration of three ethical positions commonly encountered in the music business – consequentialist ethics, virtue ethics, and deontological ethics – with particular attention given to the latter and its significance for ethical decision-making in the domain of craft.

The business of music covers an extensive terrain including a broad range of skills, activities, individuals, and organizations. This domain includes solo musicians (pianists, singers, violinists, guitarists, etc.) and countless musical ensembles from professional orchestras, opera and...

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Further Readings

  1. Cobussen M, Nielsen N (2016) Music and ethics. Routledge, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  2. Warren JR (2014) Music and ethical responsibility. Cambridge University Press, CambridgeGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian Mennonite UniversityWinnipegCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • T. Patrick Carrabré
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MusicBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada