BA Hons Music Business Management with Integrated Foundation

Are you an aspiring music manager, record label executive, live event organiser, or business-savvy recording artist looking to leg up on the competition with new knowledge and skills? The BA (Hons) Music business management degree aims to nurture in creative and ambitious individuals with a passion for music and business the future-facing skills and critical knowledge necessary to establish a career in the current music industry.

With digital potential bringing newfound excitement and five years of healthy industry development, this is probably the most exciting time to be joining the music business. Young, ambitious and competent new entrants will fare better than most in the new global streaming economy, where many of the rules have yet to be defined. Social media marketing, online audience growth hacking, artist branding, and data analysis are just a few of the skills you may acquire with this course.

On this Music business management degree, you will learn from industry experts and have the chance to put your ideas and new skills into practice in your third year through work placements or entrepreneurial project-based courses.

To be successful in this degree, you must have a solid foundation in at least one of the underlying subjects: Music technology, business or economics, English language, or media and communications. If you do not already have or are not expected to get a Level 3 certificate in one of these disciplines, you must apply for the four-year degree with an integrated foundation year.


The Foundation in Music Business (Year 0) program is designed for students who have not previously studied any of the key subject areas and wish to learn or refresh the skills essential for success at the undergraduate level or entry-level job in the entertainment industry.

The foundation year will expand on your interest and experience in music as a fan or enthusiast, and will provide you with the required skills and information to prepare you for Level 4 study. You will gain important business, intellectual and digital skills that will prepare you for future education as well as your professional career. You will gain the writing and online communication skills required to engage, persuade and convince people of the value of your ideas and music projects. As you acquire an active interest and fluency in the vocabulary and concepts of business, media and communications, you will be prepared to make the most of the remainder of your studies and the reality of industrial employment.


Course Length:  3 years / 4 years including Foundation year;
Start dates:  January / April / August / September;[/vc_column_text]


Examples of recent graduate positions following degree in Music Business Management

  • Music industry entrepreneur 
  • Artist development and A&R
  • Copyright administration & collection
  • Record label marketing
  • Music publishing business
  • Event promoter
  • Brand partnerships
  • Artist manager
  • Music writer
  • Artist
  • Music producer

 And more;

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old;
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (e.g. Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) and/or relevant work experience;
  • Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they could demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.
  • If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language.
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration;


  • Music business studies
  • Music industry language and technology
  • Essential study skills & academic writing
  • Establishing a web presence
  • Social media stories
  • File sharing, fisticuffs & the philosophy of copyright


  • Industry landscape & streaming economy
  • History of popular music – context & culture
  • Music industry news & digital trends
  • History of popular music – crate digging
  • Right and royalties: labels and publishing 
  • Event management and promotion


  • Entertainment law & litigation
  • Artist branding & audience development
  • Online exploitation & royalty collection
  • International exploitation & royal collection
  • Ticketing & touring
  • Growth hacking


  • Entertainment science
  • Artist management project
  • Data insights & communication
  • Business project 

* The units can vary, depending on the chosen pathway or optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.


Lectures, seminars, group projects, and e-learning are among the teaching methods used. Written exams, case studies, assignments, projects, and reports are all examples of assessment methods.


Throughout the degree, you will gain gradual and progressively deeper knowledge and understanding of music management, music publishing and the recorded music sector rights and royalty streams, live event management and promotion, and the inner workings of the streaming music industry.

You can also pursue a Masters Degree in music or a related field.


The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Funds – Student Finance England         

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.

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