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Music Business

In today’s fast changing, multi-billion dollar music and entertainment industries, there are more record labels, publishers, distributors, and digital music services actively promoting the consumption of music than ever before. The MBEI program has been carefully designed to prepare students for the music business of today. We are proud to have been named as one of the top music business programs by Billboard each time they have published a list (2016, 2014, and 2011).



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Hands-On Experience

MBEI students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while at the Frost School of Music, including internships, student-run music enterprises, student clubs/organizations, and conferences. These experiences play an invaluable role in preparing students for their careers.
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Attending a Music Business Program

There are many reasons to pursue a career in music business. On any given day, most of us listen to recorded music. How does this music get to us? The musicians actually playing instruments and singing are only part of the picture. Producers, engineers, distributors, entrepreneurs, and a host of other professionals in the music business help musicians get their songs to the public. No matter your niche, a career in music business requires a range of skills, and the creative aspects of the field make it an appealing job prospect. From drawing up agreements and licenses to recognizing promising talent to using music engineering technologies, the music industry requires a wide variety of skill sets. Attending a music business program is the best way to get your foot in the door.

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Music School Teaches You the Skills for Business

A Music Business program provides you with an integrated experience that allows you to focus on the career niche of your choosing. By taking a global approach, a music business program prepares you in diverse areas of entrepreneurship and technical skill, such as the following:

  • Entrepreneurial skills. Every musician is an entrepreneur, but many work with a team of music business professionals to carry out their goals. As you pursue a degree in music business, you will learn entrepreneurship skills like strategic planning, budgeting, and more.
  • Legal skills. Nothing replaces a law degree, but music business helps you learn the basics. Your foundational understanding of this is essential, as contracts and legalese are a big part of any recording path.
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Music Business Program Teaches You Interpersonal Skills

Part of thriving in music business is having great interpersonal skills. A music business program prepares you with a range of empathetic and interpersonal skills so that you can hit the ground running:

  • Marketing skills. You can create great music, but it means little if it doesn’t reach audiences. A music business school teaches you how to market and promote artists and albums. You will be able to use the marketing strategies learned from a music business degree that achieves results.
  • Collaborative skills. By working in small classroom ensembles, you will cultivate collaborative skills that lead to success. Anyone can tell you that teammates who can collaborate well are worth their weight in gold. A music business program can make you a collaboration pro.
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What Kinds of Experiences Will I Gain From a Music Business Program?

  • Greater musical ability. No matter your business career, musical ability and performance will help you. With experience as a musician, you will be familiar with how musicians think and collaborate. This experience gives you an edge.
  • Real world experiences. As you select a music business program, it’s essential that the program you choose provides this as part of their offerings. After you graduate, you won’t be searching for opportunities to get your foot in the door for the first time. Instead, you will approach prospective employers with a resumé of previous experience.
  • Business planning. Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that you must be able to plan ahead. Creating a business plan is a highly desirable skill that is honed in music business school.
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What Can You Do With a Music Business Major?

One of the great parts about majoring in music business is that a variety of jobs will be available to you after graduation. Many of these fields are growing, with new opportunities every year. Some of the careers music business majors pursue include the following:

  • Music performance
  • Entertainment law
  • Record label entrepreneurship
  • Marketing for a record label or for live concerts
  • Music production
  • A&R (talent scouting
  • Managing musicians or bands
  • Publicity

If you aren’t sure which particular path you want to pursue, that’s okay. Applied experience and mentorship during your degree can help you determine which area you want to focus in. It’s perfectly okay to try out different niches until you find one that works for you—in fact, the Frost School of Music encourages it!

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Am I Allowed to Have Other Focus Areas in a Music Business Program?

Though isolation between academic majors was long the norm, educational silos are no longer necessary. The Frost School of Music's music business program allows you to focus in areas that compliment your business concentration. This program recognize that skills in performance, improvisation, education, or other areas will only enhance your understanding of the business of music. Being a well-rounded music professional puts you on the fast track to success.
Research backs up the notion of interdisciplinarity. When your range of study is broad, it yields higher creativity, better problem solving ability, and innovation—skills you need for any career in the music industry. When a music program allows students freedom and flexibility, students do better.

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What Do I Need to Know to Get Started in the Music Business Industry?

A music business program puts you on the fast track to success in the music industry. This program of study not only helps you make the right connections, but it prepares you with the variety of skills you need including musical skills, critical thinking skills, technical skills, and more. Many of us have heard of people who’ve succeeded in the music business through sheer intuition and drive alone. Though these are skills that do help you succeed, a music business degree gives you an automatic inroad into forging the connections you need to begin your journey in the industry. Working under the mentorship of experienced music industry veterans, you will learn the ins and outs of the music business, all before you complete your bachelor’s degree.

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How Do I Find the Music Business Program That is Right for Me?

As you begin to pursue a career in the music industry, it’s important to weigh all of your options. Achieving a degree in music business is a major step, and it’s essential that you choose a program with a solid reputation, a network of successful alumni, a good outlook for the future, and the connections that will help you to thrive. The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami uses the unique Frost Method™, an ensemble-based approach with an established track record of success. By learning through small classroom ensembles, you will learn the skills you need in an experiential and integrated manner. There are no disciplinary barriers at The Frost School, so you can tailor your degree to suit your personal interests in the music business.

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