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Music Business Degrees

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A degree in Music Business will steer you on the path toward becoming an integral part of the industry as a whole. By learning critical skills like business, finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship as they pertain to the field, you’ll enter the job with the know-how to become an A&R type, manage bands and artists, or even run your label. Majoring in Music Business also gives you a solid understanding of things like music theory and aural training–couple that with the business end, and you’ll be able to command your own career as an independent musician. In any case, choosing this route will make you a well-rounded business savvy and attractive candidate to a multitude of companies.

Degrees Awarded

  • Certificate
  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

What will you learn? Classes and Prerequisites:

The demands for each degree, certification and school varies, but most require similar recommended courses or prerequisites. Core classes will differ in name from school-to-school, however, they generally cover a similar spectrum of principles and practices. Below are a list of classes you will commonly be need to take:

  • Music Business
  • Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting courses
  • Promotions
  • Networking
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Four year schools typically make students fulfill general coursework in humanities, science, foreign language, English and mathematics

How much can you make? Salary Info:

The pay range for people working in the industry is a bit ambiguous, however, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report for Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes, the median annual income was $62,940 while the top 90% raked in around $187K…

What can you do with a music business degree? Possible Careers:

  • A&R Manager
  • Label Owner/Employee
  • Promotions
  • Music Marketer
  • Talent Buyer/Booker
  • Tour Manager
  • Copyright Administrator
  • Music Supervisor