Music Business programs aim to educate future entrepreneurs and recording industry execs who aspire to work as record label employees, Booking Agents, Concert Promoters, Music Publishers, and so on. They do this through a blend of relevant coursework and internships that can position students for networking and career building opportunities.
Unsurprisingly, most Music Business students take a mix of music and business courses, including music theory, music history and private instrument lessons combined with marketing, advertising and business management courses. You’ll also find classes specific to the music industry, such as entertainment law, concert management, music publishing, recording technology, and so on.
It’s important to keep in mind not all Music Business programs have the same required courses, and while you might be able to take courses in, say, concert management at one school, another may offer coursework in publishing or law instead. No matter where you attend school, you’ll likely be required to intern at a relevant music industry organization and/or volunteer for the school’s record label or radio station.
Some schools outside of the major music industry hubs will offer “exchange” style semesters or internship opportunities in New York, Los Angeles or Nashville. Since there are more jobs to be found in these cities after graduation than in smaller markets, these work/learn opportunities are invaluable for building a resume and making connections.