Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £1,100 *
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Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Live Music is at the centre of Music as an industry and cultural experience. There is a rich set of global opportunities arising from the significant economic and cultural global growth of Live Music. Central to this are music festivals as economic, social and cultural centres of importance, enhanced by the link between social media and experiential experiences. 

This new course will help you to develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of business and practice in the live music and events industries and equip you to navigate this fast-changing and challenging environment. It also sets out to examine how the live music and events industries interact with wider social and technological transformations, critically important in a socially distancing environment necessitating new business models such as live streaming, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

At Westminster, we already have a highly regarded background and established reputation for successful teaching and research in music and events from the very heart of the global centre for live music, London. Our Live Music Management MA has been developed alongside and is heavily integrated with industry and will be delivered by both leading academics as well as frequent guest speakers from the live music industry (including leading industry spokespeople and companies). 

Top reasons to study with us

  • study in the very heart of the global centre for live music, London
  • frequent industry guest speakers (one per session in four of the seven modules)
  • opportunities for seasonally based internships through the course's engagement with industry and its practitioners

Course structure

As well as a deeper perspective of what it’s like to work in this exciting and challenging sector, across the modules offered on the course you will, amongst other things, examine live music as a business, sharpen your creative insight and gain understanding of logistical and regulatory considerations. Entrepreneurship is embedded in this industry facing course to ensure you graduate with enhanced abilities to work as a self-employed professional or launch your own business within music or the wider events industry. The course culminates in a 60 credit Project that builds upon the skills and experiences gained throughout the course and offers you the chance to create a major study relevant to your own unique identity and career trajectory. 

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

Core modules

This module is concerned with the critical evaluation of entrepreneurial business structures and behaviours in the creative industries. The approach is interdisciplinary, and is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to media economics, social theory, and entrepreneurship in the creative industries.

The module covers contemporary critical theory and practice in the live music industry, including examination and critical evaluation of live in developing artists’ musical careers, the expansion of the global festival market and development of marketing and branding elements within live, to enable you to develop an understanding of and critical approach to key roles and issues in the live music industry; including ticketing, contracts, performing rights, sustainability and the relationship of live with recording.

The experiencescape can be conceived as the total experience environment from initial decision to engage through to post-visit evaluation. This module places the operation of tourism attractions, business and leisure events within the conceptual framework of the experiencescape to explore the increasingly complex interactions between producers and consumers of attraction and event experiences. It explores a range of themes, concepts and issues that will assist managers in understanding the highly inter-related nature of the places and spaces that attraction and event settings offer, as well as the challenges and opportunities of using effective design to offer a transformative experience to attendees.

This module studies the activities and considerations undertaken by an event manager as an event is prepared for staging. Building on the conceptual and strategic topics introduced within other core modules, it focuses on practical application with students studying project management, budgeting, evaluation and ROI measurement, volunteer management, supplier negotiation, contemporary health & safety issues, crisis management and exploring the use of social media, technology and events as a marketing tool.

This module looks at the complex and evolving infrastructure of live music, from local to global scales, asking how and why this has become such an important and contested phenomenon. Drawing on London as one recognised leader in developing “music city” strategies, it develops conceptual and historical awareness and practical analytic skills to explore issues of regulation, development, entrepreneurship, diversity, environmental and cultural politics in a range of contexts, acknowledging learners unique identities.

This module is about bringing a critical eye, or ear, to the very idea of ‘live music’. Making a living at the intersection of the broader music economy (songwriting, recording, rights management) and the new experience economy (performances, events, venues), is a distinct cultural and industrial endeavour. It also demands understanding of the significant changes underway. The module examines how live music and events interact with wider social and technological transformations, asking why and to whom this matters.

The Music Business Management Project is recognised by graduates as one of the most rewarding experiences of the course. The Project subject must address current music business issues 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.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Applicants without formal qualifications should be able to demonstrate significant experience of working in the live music industry or related music industries.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

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A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Applicants without formal qualifications should be able to demonstrate significant experience of working in the live music industry or related music industries.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

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Careers

The Live Music Management MA equips you to acquire deep understanding of the business of festivals, touring, clubbing and underlying concepts such as the “experience” economy and entrepreneurship, providing coherent, focused study, for those working in or interested in a career within live music, festivals, touring and events, worldwide.

Career development and entrepreneurial skills are embedded within module content to develop workplace relevance and career skills. Graduate employability is further enhanced with teaching by frequent industry guest speakers (one per session in four of the seven modules) and opportunities for internships through the course's industry and practitioners links. 

Potential graduate destinations cover a wide and diverse range including: festival organisation, tour management, public and private sector venue management and operation, performance and talent pipelines and event marketing and promotion. For context, graduates from the University’s sister course, Music Business Management MA, are now working in the broader music industries with companies including Apple, Spotify, Universal Music Group, Sony, Pledge Music, Kobalt, Shazam and PIAS.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
  • discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • write effective CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our career consultants
  • gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 

Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,100 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each 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 postgraduate 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: (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each 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 postgraduate 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.

Course Location

Our Live Music 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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