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Since 1964, the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program has been at the forefront of music business education.  We are proud to have been named as one of the top music business programs by Billboard each time they have published a list (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2011).  Our program derives its strength from three key components: coursework, extra-curricular activities, and the faculty.

In our Music Business and Entertainment Industries courses, students gain knowledge about virtually all aspects of the industry, including how each of the areas has evolved over time to lead us to where things are today, and how they are likely to continue evolving in the future.  More information about our specific courses can be found on the Degrees page of our website.

Through our extra-curricular activities, students gain hands-on experience in a variety of settings, including internships, student-run music enterprises, and music-business related organizations and clubs. Students begin their careers in the music business the day they come to study with us. More information about our extra-curricular opportunities can be found on the Student Life page of our website.

Our faculty are considered to be pracademics in that they are both academics as well as practitioners in the music business and entertainment industry.  They are able to draw on their extensive backgrounds, as well as their current activities, to ensure that our students understand the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of this quickly changing industry. More information about our faculty can be found on the Faculty page of our website.

Our graduates work in every segment of the music business and entertainment industries, including major and independent record companies and music publishing companies, talent agencies, digital music services, music licensing intermediaries, artist management companies, and concert venues. Our alumni are always happy to help mentor and guide our current students. 

Our institution is a proud member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA). Our faculty have a rich history of leadership in MEIEA and have played a vital role in advancing the field of music industry education.  We are also a member of the Music Business Association Academic Partnership Program.

Music Industry Programs

The music industry is a growing field that contains many different kinds of opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing an employable career that involves music, pursuing enrollment in a music industry program may be a good move for you.

The industry has changed significantly in recent years. In many ways, this makes it a great field to enter. The industry is always looking for fresh perspectives and innovative approaches. As in any field, maintaining sustained, devoted, and focused energy is the way to get ahead in a music industry career. However, this energy may mean nothing if you don’t have the connections to back it up. Entering a music industry program is a great way to garner these connections in the matter of just a few years.

What is the Music Industry?

The music industry contains a broad variety of businesses that are all devoted to getting music into the hands of audiences and consumers. From individual performers to the creation of music for films and TV to musical copyright and licensing, the musical industry encompasses a broad variety of entrepreneurial considerations.

A Short History of Music Industry Programs

Music is as old as humankind. This artistic field didn’t become an industry, however, until commerce became a common phenomenon. Court musicians who played for kings and queens were some of the first musicians paid for their services. Some composers and other musical professionals funded their work through the patronage of a wealthy fan.

For many years, technology has dictated how the music industry works. Once recorded music was invented, musicians started working with record labels and other entities that focused on distribution. Since the internet began, musicians have focused on novel and efficient ways to get their music into the hands of even wider audiences. Music industry professionals work alongside musicians to innovate both production and distribution.

How Do I Know If Music Industry is the Right Career Path for Me?

The music industry contains a wide variety of potential careers. Many professionals move into and out of various kinds of music industry professions, while other musicians stay focused in a single track. Music industry career paths include the following:

  • Record label management
  • Music/sound engineering and other technology-related musical careers
  • The legal aspects of music
  • Promotions and marketing within the music industry
  • Venue management
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Music directing
  • Radio and DJing opportunities

Top Five Characteristics of The World’s Best Music Industry Programs

Before jumping into the application process, it’s imperative that you do some research into music industry programs to determine which one is the best fit for you. There are many programmatic aspects to consider. No matter which music industry niche you decide to pursue, though, the following is a list of characteristics you may want to look for:

1. Classes Where You Shine

  1. Attending class where a small handful of students work together to achieve means that your professors will know you by name.

2. A Community that Knows You

  1. Business can be cut-throat and competitive. Make sure that before you enter the business, you couch yourself in a nurturing, supportive community that you can maintain ties with for the long haul.

3. A Cohort of Like-Minded Peers

  1. Surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals will help you achieve farther and faster. When you choose a school with a student body that is driven, the experience will help you go that much further.

4. Internship Opportunities

  1. The music industry is all about connections. Knowing this reality, it’s important to begin building these connections even before you graduate. Make sure that the program you choose possesses a variety of partnerships with institutions that can help give you an edge.

5. The Best Location

  1. Though music is listened to in every town in America, the music industry exists in limited places. Where is the school you’re looking at located? Does the city contain recording studios? Will you have to move somewhere else to pursue further opportunities? Choosing a school is just like choosing a home: location, location, location.

The Top Characteristics of Music Industry Program Alumni

Students who graduate from a music industry program embody a variety of key characteristics that they will use for the rest of their careers. These characteristics include the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Music industry professionals need to know how to talk to others to get what they want.
  • Leadership skills. Music industry professionals need to know how to make a hard call, how to give and take instruction, how to listen, and how to act.
  • A baseline of music industry knowledge. It’s hard to break into an industry if you dont know its inner workings. Music industry program alumni have spent years studying the industry from people who are experts.
  • Technological prowess. Though you may not want to become a full-fledged music engineer, it’s still important to know what technology is out there and how musicians can use it. Attending a music industry program can help you learn the basic ins and outs of the tools used in the industry.
  • Musical ability. As a musician yourself, you will be able to relate authentically and fully to the other musicians you interact with. Even if you are entering a music-related career like entertainment law, real music ability will pay off throughout your career.

Finding a Music Industry Program That is the Right Fit For You

As you pursue a professional path in the music industry, it’s important to take time to attend a music industry program. Putting down roots in an established program will position you for success once you launch yourself into the next steps of your career. The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami uses the unique Frost Method™, which creates an atmosphere for music industry success. Working with a small group of other students and a professor, you will enjoy individual attention where your talents can begin to shine brightly.