Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,000 *
International Fees £12,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines.

Working with music industry leaders and organisations, the course has developed a unique curriculum. You will be able to combine a strong underpinning of key business skills (entrepreneurialism, leadership, organisational management, and marketing with essential music industry management knowledge (strategic innovation technology, intellectual property and copyright) and academic concepts and theories relevant to the industry today.

Formal teaching is conducted through sessions which each include a formal lecture, industry guest speaker and seminar exercises. Each of the six modules has a minimum of two assignments. The final project (equivalent to three modules) is a report of a minimum of 12,000 words.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

The music industry is a highly contested space in which tensions around creativity, aesthetic choices, copyright controls and contractual regulation, are as loudly debated as those around investment and marketing and promotional opportunities, these arguments and opinions can be found daily on pirate radio stations, or Twitter or Facebook, broadsheet newspapers and beyond. However, the site of the most passionate arguments are to be found in the arena of music development, talent spotting and what is referred in the music industry as A & R, the seemingly eternal argument about what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ popular music. This module looks at the development of the practice of A&R and how these practices play out within the music industry.

This module in concerned with the critical evaluation of entrepreneurial business structures and finance in the creative industries. Entrepreneurial business and finance for creative industries increasingly has a significant effect on the development and promotion of new talent and is particularly relevant to students from both a creative and entrepreneurial background. This module is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to media economics, financial management and entrepreneurship in the creative industries. It will equip students with the tools to analyse financial documents, analyse business finances and will provide insights into traditional accounting practices, as well as providing all students with the knowledge to produce industry standard business and marketing plans based on industry financial practices. It will examine entrepreneurial issues facing creative industry firms and small businesses and will provide an overview of the activities required in starting up and subsequently successfully managing.

Intellectual Property (IP) and copyright are central to all the creative industries. In today’s environment IP and copyright are increasingly under attack. In this module we will critically examine the role of IP and copyright in today’s music market. IP and copyright can cover works as diverse as songs, master recordings, videos, photos, writings, knowledge, the expression of ideas, prototypes, and more. This module is designed to provide students with a critical awareness of the various issues around IP and Copyright Management and additionally enable students to look critically at the contractual relationships that bind the industry. This is a highly contentious field and is in the process of transformations due to the rapid changes in the delivery of music across the globe, some might argue the changes in the law are not happening fast enough - we will examining these issues.

The module offers an overview of the development of the live music industry which will
contextualise the relationship and power structures of the main stakeholders in the live music industry, from the audience to multi-national promoters. An examination and critical evaluation of the live music scene in developing the musical careers of artists, as well as the expansion of key markets through the live music industry, for example the global festival market and the development of marketing and branding elements. The module will also look at how the specific areas of live music management interplay to enable students to develop an overall live strategy, examining the key roles and issues in the live music industry which include secondary ticketing, contracts, performing rights, challenges raised by gentrification , the EDM boom and the relationship between live and the recording industry.

The Music Business Management Project is recognised by graduates as one of the most rewarding and empowering experiences of the course. You will be supervised by a member of the University faculty, and possibly supported by a music industry representative, to carry out research in an area agreed between yourself and the module leaders and/or industry professional. The subject must address current music business issues and concerns and should incorporate relevant music business theories, academic research design and critical analysis. The Project builds on the skills and experience you have gained in previous modules, and gives you the opportunity to apply programme knowledge to a major project, adding to the body of professional practice and theoretical literature.

This module aims to equip students with a systematic understanding of the relevant knowledge of music industry organisations and their labour relations with an emphasis on preparing Masters students for work within the wider music industry. It will contextualise organisational structures and working relationships within the music industry and critically evaluate the development of current issues in business and management theory and practice informed by leading research and professional practice. Students will be involved in critically mapping creative networks and the interplay of wider media and creative industries in the development of leadership roles as they apply in both theory and practice in the music business. Students will also examine the different roles and skill sets at work in the wider music industry. This module will be industry facing and supported by theoretical study alongside guided independent study (GIS) in which students will learn to evaluate and explore their own skill sets in order to develop an understanding of career development within the music industry and wider creative industries.

This module in concerned with the critical evaluation of music marketing and offers insight into current best practice and the theories and concepts behind this which have emerged since the web 0.2. The module is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to the wide range of issues, strategies and challenges facing the marketing and promotion of music today. Marketing management has a significant position in music, transforming the “art” of recordings to services and products and also selling tickets for live music events. The module assesses the impact of social media and “big data” and deploys industry guest speakers and real life case studies in order to explore a variety of perspectives on marketing and issues within it. Module aims include preparing students for the challenges of developing and marketing music-related services and products both locally and globally. It will equip students with the concepts, language and tools of marketing and communications and provide insights into current (and potential future) practices and development in areas such as social media.

Entry Requirements

Applications are considered on the basis of either a combination of formal qualifications and experience, or significant industry experience. Applicants should be able to demonstrate some experience of working in the music industry, an aptitude for music business management and an enthusiasm for learning more about music and related industries. Applicants with formal qualifications should have a minimum of an Upper Second Class undergraduate degree.

If English is your second language you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.5 in each element.

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Applications are considered on the basis of either a combination of formal qualifications and experience, or significant industry experience. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience working in the music industry, an aptitude for music business management and an enthusiasm for learning more about music and related industries. Applicants with formal qualifications should have a minimum of an Upper Second Class undergraduate degree.

If English is your second language you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.5 in each element.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Careers

Course graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of creative industries, from mobile marketing through to the Arts Council. Many of our graduates are working in the music industry, with companies including Apple , Spotify Universal, Sony Music ,  Pledge Music , Kobalt , Shazam and  PIAS.  Our international students are working around the globe in music and music –tech related companies, including EMI Holland ,  PIAS European office and Outdustry in mainland  China .

Today's music industry organisations need graduates with both strong degrees and skills relevant to the workplace. The MA Music Business Management course is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that:

  • Career development skills are embedded in the course
  • Opportunities for internships, placements and work-related learning activities are available to students
  • Our staff links with employers in all areas of the music industry and their willingness to come to the university and give guest talks , enables students to network with potential employers in class and in social situations to make important contacts and strengthen their employability skills.
  • Alumni keep in close contact with the course , often returning to deliver guest speeches  and meet and network with students. This strong “community of learning” assists with recruitment and internship opportunities.

The course is globally recognised and industry leaders are weekly guests to the Central London Cavendish teaching campus for guest speaking , Q&A sessions and networking with students . Furthermore , our alumni are working across the international music industry on all continents, in areas of the industry ranging from music companies to live music and publishing , artist management to tech start up, with a wide variety of companies and organisations, large and small, including:

  • Apple
  • Spotify
  • Sony Music
  • Universal
  • Sony ATV Publishing
  • Kobalt
  • Shazam
  • Pledge Music
  • 365 Management
  • Cooking Vinyl
  • Outdustry –China
  • Tileyard
  • East City Management
  • Robomagic
  • Hypesong
  • Warners
  • Ministry of Sound
  • Machine Management
  • Universal Music Publishing
  • Kilimanjaro,
  • Platinum Rye

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Course Location

Our Music Business Management MA is part of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our Harrow Campus. Teaching will take part in central London, at our Cavendish Campus. You will benefit from the vibrant and specialist facilities at our Harrow Campus, as well as experiencing central London's dynamic commercial music industry.

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+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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