BA (Hons) Music Business Management
3-year and 4-year degree options available
With Foundation Year 480
With Foundation Year 4 years
BA 3 years
UK / EEA: £9,250 per year
UK / EEA: £770 per unit (3 units per year)
University for the Creative Arts*
*Subject to university validation.
Are you an aspiring music manager, record label executive, live event organiser or a business-savvy recording artist who wants to get ahead of the pack with enhanced knowledge and skills?
The BA (Hons) Music Business Management degree aims to nurture creative and ambitious students with a passion for music and business, developing in them future-facing skills and critical knowledge required to develop a successful career in the modern music industry.
This is possibly the most exciting time to be entering the music business with digital opportunities bringing a renewed optimism and five years of solid industry growth. Young, ambitious and skilled new entrants are better placed than most to prosper in the new global streaming economy with many of the rules yet to be written. The skills you can learn at LCCM, including social media marketing, building an audience online with growth hacking, artist branding and data analysis, are in-demand right now.
On our Music Business Management degree you will learn from industry professionals and have the opportunity to put your ideas and new skills into practice with work placements or entrepreneurial project based modules in your third year.
In order to succeed on this degree you will need to have foundation knowledge in at least one of the underlying subjects: Music Technology, Business or Economics, English Language or Media and Communications. If you don’t have or aren’t expecting to achieve a Level 3 qualification (A Level or equivalent) in one of these subjects you will need to apply for the four year degree with integrated foundation year.
Our Foundation in Music Business (Year 0) is designed for students who haven’t studied any of the core subject areas previously and want to acquire or reinforce the skills required for success at undergraduate level or entry-level work in the entertainment sector.
The foundation year will build upon your passion and experience of music as a fan or hobbyist and give you the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare you for study at Level 4. You will learn essential business, academic and digital skills that will set you up for both your future studies and your professional career.
You will develop the necessary written and online communication skills to engage, persuade and convince others of the merits of your ideas and music projects. As you develop an active curiosity and fluency in the terminology and principles of business, media and communications, you will be ready to make the most of the rest of your studies and for the realities of work in the industry.
You will learn to think critically and act creatively to navigate the opportunities of the emerging digital music landscape. By combining established industry practice, emerging technology, applicable theory and real-life opportunities to test what you have learnt, you will develop professionally by:
- Harnessing the power of social media and audience data
- Developing and communicating brand identity and ideas
- Managing and exploiting intellectual property for artists
- Build audiences and a sustainable market for talent
- Deliver successful music projects for individuals and organisations
On this degree, you will build incremental and progressively deeper knowledge and understanding of music management, the rights and royalty streams of music publishing and the recorded music sector, live event management and promotion and the inner workings of the streaming music economy.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to collaborate with your peers, students on other degrees at LCCM and the wider creative community. As you build a network of talented, creative and ambitious musicians and entrepreneurs, you will be given the opportunity and support to put what you are learning into practice in the real world. This will include periods of work-based learning within industry organisations or time spent immersed in an entrepreneurial project.
Being in the heart of London, we have close links to industry and have dedicated staff looking to match students with opportunities from our partners and industry network.
The LCCM student body is a highly creative community and we encourage students to network internally, creating events and activities themselves. The student committee organises student social and open events in our venue and performance rooms. We have many activities that occur throughout the year, including industry guest masterclasses for the whole college and weekly workshops to improve your music skills and knowledge in a relaxed and informal setting.
We encourage students to attend industry networking events and conferences, especially those that happen in London. We have offered students free or heavily discounted tickets to some of the biggest industry gatherings like ‘BBC Introducing Live.’
Entry criteria and requirements: 4 Year
- 96 UCAS points or relevant experience
Entry criteria and requirements: 3 Year
- A minimum of 96 UCAS points gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma) which must include at least one in the following subject areas:
- Music Technology, Business Studies or Economics, Media Studies or English Language
- An Access to Higher Education course or a BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
English language requirements
- GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).
We also welcome applications from mature students (21+ years) and those without formal qualifications but with demonstrable passion for and practical experience in the music industry.
The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us what your aims in the music business are and why it interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show an interest in the music business, demonstrated by one or more of the following:
- enthusiasm for listening to live or recorded music
- reading about music/the music industry
- organising gigs or music events
- using social media to publish or promote music
You may be invited to an interview to assess your eligibility for the course if:
- you have not met the minimum entry criteria but show within your application a strong interest, and promise of ability for the course;
- there is insufficient information in your application for us to make a decision.