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Field of Study: Music Business and Management


Programs in music business and management prepare people to organize and manage musicians, music organizations, and music facilities.



Music business and management programs include topics such as:

  • Entertainment law
  • Artist promotion
  • Principles of business, financial management, marketing, and fundraising
  • Music industry
  • Event promotion and management

Depending on the program, students may specialize in one specific area of this field. These include:

  • Music merchandising
  • Music administration
  • Artist management and promotion
  • Running a recording studio
  • Managing performing groups, such as bands, orchestras and operas

A few community colleges offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in music business and management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in music business and management. Graduate study is best pursued through an arts administration program. In addition, some schools offer this program of study only as a concentration in a general music, arts administration, or business management degree program.

A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.