Music Business Degrees

GET STARTED
1
Request Info
2
Visit
3
Apply
GET STARTED
1
Request Info
2
Visit
3
Apply
Two students reviewing material on a white board with a professor Two students reviewing material on a white board with a professor

We over several different ways for you to study music business and entertainment industries at the Frost School of Music. To pursue our Bachelor of Music degree, you must also be a talented musician/vocalist. To pursue our other degrees, you must have a strong passion for music, but need not be a performer. 

Music Business Degrees

If you have a sustained interest in music performance and a keen interest in building your business acumen, a music business degree may be for you. Music business majors work in a vast number of music-related and business-related fields including entertainment law, licensing, music promotion, venue work, performance, academia, and more. This unique degree encourages you to become the best musician you can be as you learn foundational business skills you’ll use your entire life.

Combining Two Interests: Music and Business

A music business degree is perfect for the student who has more than one area of interest. These students become excellent musicians as they study their instrument(s) of choice, but they also work on building interpersonal ability, teamwork skills, and practice the kind of sound judgment necessary for any business-related career. Sometimes students entering the program have already had experiences that combine music and business, such as booking shows for their band or working in marketing for a music school. That being said, you do not need to have extensive background in business to begin the degree. The most important traits for potential music business students are an intellectual curiosity, willingness to learn, and an open and collaborative approach. It also helps if you’re willing to tap into your innate creativity.

What Can I Do With a Music Business Degree?

A music business degree can be applied in flexible ways to a large number of music-related professions. Some music business majors work for large companies like Hal Leonard, Apple, Warner Music Group, or other corporations in areas like copywrite, contracting, licensing, and more. Other music business alumni work on a grassroots level for themselves or for indie companies. These individuals may book shows, launch marketing campaigns, or secure corporate contracts. Many alumni have found surprising applications for the content they learned during their matriculation. Business knowledge can aid individual performing musicians, private self-employed teachers, non-profit professionals, and those who end up working entirely unrelated jobs to support their musical paths. The knowledge imparted upon you during your degree cannot be taken away. Music business knowledge can help you no matter what shape your career takes.

What Will I Learn?

The music business degree provides you with a special opportunity to focus on multiple areas of interest at the same time. Through private lessons, ensemble work, and performances, you will strive to become an excellent musician. Musicianship is the foundation for a healthy music business career. After all, whether you’re working behind the scenes or performing on stage, a deeper knowledge of music means a deeper knowledge of the field. As you study voice or instrumentation, you will also take classes in areas like accounting, marketing, legal knowledge, entertainment management, and publishing and licensing. Depending on your areas of interest and what the program offers, you may also be able to incorporate a minor or independent study into your program. Some undergraduate music business majors choose to continue on to a master of music business program. That being said, your undergraduate degree does not necessarily need to be in the same field if you are applying to a master-level music business school.

Where Will I Intern?

A wide variety of internship opportunities are available to music business majors. The location of the school and your access to resources that can take you elsewhere will both influence which internships you are able to pursue. Some companies offer paid internships that provide housing as well as a living stipend. Other internships are unpaid. Music business students have interned with a wide range of companies including Koss, Spotify, SoundCloud, and many others. Some music students have interned at smaller companies like local marketing firms, venue offices, and legal practices. The faculty and career services office at your school will likely have a long list of potential internships for you to peruse. They may also have some tips for you related to the internships past students from the school have completed.

Will I Need a Minor?

You will not need a minor, but it is highly encouraged that you attain one. It is easy for many students to incorporate a complementary minor into their course of study, and it is unlikely to add additional semesters to your time in school. Additionally, a minor can give you a sort of edge in the job market, depending on which path you choose to follow. Many different kinds of minors are available to music business majors including musicology, music therapy, performance, music engineering, and more.

Are Extracurriculars Important as a Music Business School?

The world of business values hands-on experience. Extracurriculars are a special way to get such experience even before your graduate. They boost your resume and hone your skills, not to mention that student clubs and organizations are a great way to meet new friends. Whether your school houses a student-run record label, offers membership in a music business-related professional association, or allows music business students to perform in various types of ensembles and bands, extracurriculars are something every music business student should try to take advantage of.

What Do I Need to Know Before I Apply?

Before you apply, it’s important for you to meet with mentors (school teachers, private lesson teachers, band directors, involved parents, etc.) and compile a list of what kinds of music and business experience you already have. Some high school students don’t already have a resume standing by, but you’ll need to create a CV-style document for your application. If you’ve taken some time off of school, it’s even more important to take some reflective time for this process. You’ll need to gather a comprehensive list of your experiences to build a case for your admission to the music business school.

How Do I Find the Right Music Business School for Me?

When pursuing a music business degree, it’s important to consider all of your options. You will aggregate factors like the faculty’s qualifications, courses of study offered, location, cost, and more. The Frost School is the only school that offers the exclusive Frost Method ™, a system of teaching that offers personal attention and hands-on learning to every student who enters the school’s doors.