MUSIC BUSINESS

Musicians Institute’s Music Business Program features in-depth training and interactive learning experiences with seasoned music industry professionals, who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Our course topics cover the diverse range of industry areas including Law and Contracts, Music Publishing and Licensing, Artist and Tour Management, A&R and Record Labels, Distribution, Promotion, and Marketing.

Whether you are an aspiring music business professional, an enterprising entrepreneur or an artist seeking a comprehensive industry education, MI’s Music Business Program is designed to give you the necessary knowledge, tools and skills to put your career on the fast track and lead you to success!

MUSIC BUSINESS

Musicians Institute’s Music Business Program features in-depth training and interactive learning experiences with seasoned music industry professionals, who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Our course topics cover the diverse range of industry areas including Law and Contracts, Music Publishing and Licensing, Artist and Tour Management, A&R and Record Labels, Distribution, Promotion, and Marketing.

Whether you are an aspiring music business professional, an enterprising entrepreneur or an artist seeking a comprehensive industry education, MI’s Music Business Program is designed to give you the necessary knowledge, tools and skills to put your career on the fast track and lead you to success!

NAVIGATE THE MUSIC BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE

We are one of the top music industry colleges that provides the essential knowledge and connections you need to succeed. Our curriculum is comprehensive and diverse, including courses in Law, Publishing, Music Supervision, Distribution, Management and Marketing, which will give our graduates a well-rounded start to their career.

 

DEGREE OPTIONS

Associate of Science in Music Business

Certificate in Music Business

CAREER OPTIONS FOR A MUSIC BUSINESS MAJOR

Available as an Associate degree or Certificate, MI’s Music Business Program provides the opportunity to gain hands-on education and graduate industry-ready for the current music business landscape, and to target career goals in specific areas leading to positions such as:

RECORD LABEL EXECUTIVE
MUSIC PUBLISHER
BOOKING AGENT
TOUR MANAGER
MUSIC SUPERVISOR

PERSONAL MANAGEMENT
A&R/TALENT SCOUT
LICENSING
MARKETING DIRECTOR
ARTIST RELATIONS MANAGER

ENTREPRENEUR
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
CONCERT PROMOTER
ROYALTIES MANAGER
PR & PUBLICITY

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QUESTIONS?

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COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements of our music school, as well as tuition for individual programs, and course information.

CURRICULUM

The 90-credit Associate of Science in Music Business degree provides students with in-depth training in a diverse range of subjects encountered in today’s music industry. In addition to courses in entertainment law, music publishing and licensing, record labels, distribution, and personal management, our Associate of Science degree also includes music industry history, international music publishing, accounting and finance, marketing, and visual media.

During the course of six quarters, students partake in two internships as well as music courses covering song structure, recording & production, and critical listening skills. MI Music Business instructors share real-world experience earned from working with major artists & record label executives; music supervisors for film & TV; publishing consultants; and media outlets. Our Associate of Science in Music Business degree prepares students to work as music industry professionals in various areas, including (but not limited to) record labels, music publishing, artist management, touring, and entrepreneurship.

The Certificate in Music Business program provides intensive, hands-on preparation for a career in the music industry. You gain the knowledge and practical skills needed for entry-level employment with music industry companies.

  • Extensive instruction in the critical areas of Music Law and Music Publishing including copyright law, licensing and agreements.
  • Coverage of the range of industry areas such as Management, Touring, Booking, Distribution, and Marketing, as well as entrepreneurial focused courses.
  • For the Associate degree, specialized courses in International Music Publishing as well as Royalty Administration, including a course providing introductory training on the industry standard software, Record Maestro. MI is the first and only educational institution offering training on this software which is used by over 200+ companies such as BMG Rights Management, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Concord Records, Epitaph, and Nettwerk Productions.
  • Featured guests from across the industry including managers, established executives, and entrepreneurs.
  • Guidance in vital networking techniques designed to help procure jobs, gigs and deals.
  • Training in how to procure and/or handle performance opportunities, touring and concerts at name venues.
  • Experiential learning through internships at established businesses in the music industry while earning course credits.
  • Career preparation and skills training in business writing, resume development, related computer applications and leadership.

FEATURED FACULTY

Our faculty are music industry professionals from all areas of the business who work directly with major artists as well as top music executives and companies:

DON GRIERSON
CREDITS: Former Vice President of A&R for Capitol/EMI Records and Epic/Sony Records; signed Celine Dion, Iron Maiden, Heart, and Joe Cocker among others. Worked with Alice Cooper, Tina Turner, Queen, Duran Duran Cyndi Lauper, Steve Vai, Living Colour and many more.

SUZAN KOÇ
CREDITS: Veteran Music Publisher of major companies including BMG and Warner Chappell (France). Signed and worked with hit-making songwriters such as Shelly Peiken, David Camson, Xandy Berry and Wally Gagel.

DANIELLE PRICE
CREDITS: Entertainment and intellectual property attorney. Legal Affairs at Warner Music Group, The Walt Disney Studios, Rhino Entertainment, and currently an associate at well known industry law firm LaPolt Law, P.C.

TIMOTHY ANTHONY EDWARDS
CREDITS: Composer, Music Supervisor, Creative Director/Founder of own music licensing company. Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Bachelor, Ellen, TMZ, Extra (theme), Mike & Molly, Sons of Anarchy, Vampire Diaries, Smallville, NBC/Universal, CBS, ABC, Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, DreamWorks.

INTERNSHIPS

Students gain firsthand experience in the industry through internships with music industry companies. Prior to placement, students are coached on writing professional résumés, personal interview skills and professionalism. Specific firms, positions and duties vary according to availability. Previous Music Business students have been place with top companies including:

SONY/ATV and SONY MUSIC
ATLANTIC RECORDS
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
RED LIGHT MANAGEMENT
CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY

CAPITOL RECORDS
BMG MUSIC
ESP GUITARS
LIVE NATION
WARNER MUSIC GROUP
CAREER ARTIST MANAGEMENT

ASCAP
NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP
NEDERLANDER CONCERTS
SUMERIAN RECORDS
CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
VELVET HAMMER MUSIC & MGMT

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND RESOURCES

  • The Recording Academy: Opportunity to obtain student membership into Grammy U.
  • ASCAP, BMI, Production Music Association, California Copyright Conference, Association of Independent Music Publishers, NAMM and others: Student discounts to industry conferences, volunteer opportunities and access to various industry panels and events.
  • NonLinear Educating: Extra study resource with free account to online learning platform containing extensive selection of tutorial-videos on popular software applications and creative workflow techniques; accessible 24/7.
  • MI Library (main campus): Provides a wealth of media, online research databases and resources, print material and related equipment to support MI’s educational programs; over 80 Apple Mac workstations offer Internet as well as access to videos of visiting artist concerts, seminars, and instructional media.
  • Open Counseling: Open hours for students to see instructors for counseling on course material as well as general topics in the music business.

SUCCESS STORIES

DARREL SHIRK
Vice President, Operations (US/Global)
BMG Production Music

ENRIQUE PARIS
Rights Clearance Manager
Spotify (Los Angeles)

MIKE GOWAN
Account Executive
Mitch Schneider Organization (PR firm)

JENNIFER BONITA
Client Relations/Product Manager
The Orchard, a part of Sony Entertainment

JUSTN POLOKOFF
A&R Director
BMG – The New Music Company

STUDENT CONSUMER DISCLOSURES

ASSOCIATE PROGRAMS

Associate of Science in Music Business

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate in Music Business

Certificate in Music Business – Entrepreneur

PART-TIME PROGRAMS

Certificate in Music Business

WHY MI?

New Technology

MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.