If you’ve ever dreamed of working on the business side of the music industry, today’s your lucky day. The Financial Times recently reported that the Music Industry MBA is the new Rock’ n’ Roll and Billboard has released a list of the top elite music business schools shaping the music industry. Demand for music business professionals with an advanced degree is growing, so a number of respected colleges and universities now offer MBA programs with a focused concentration to help prepare graduates for success in this competitive industry. Just a few standouts include the MBA in Music Business offered at Berklee College of Music/Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), and the MBA in Music Management offered through Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University.
Berklee College of Music and SNHU have joined forces to offer America’s first fully Online MBA Program in Music Business. The program is built around the traditional SNHU MBA curriculum, complemented by business courses that are specific to the music industry. They include Music Business Structure and Strategies, Music Business Finance, Music Marketing Strategies, and Music Business Leadership and Ethics. The program is self-paced, and may be completed in just 15 months.
Head down to Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro where you’ll find both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Industry and Music Business. Music Industry is one of the schools leading undergraduate concentrations, while Music Business is one of three unique concentrations offered to students pursuing an MBA. Concentration courses for the popular 36 credit hour program include Applied Recording Industry Research, International Popular Music, Recording Industry Economics and Emerging Business Models, International Entertainment Transactions, Legal Rights of the Creative Individual, Business Ethics, and Seminar in Negotiation.
At William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, the Cotsakos MBA in Music Management is offered in collaboration with the College of the Arts and Communication, Department of Music. The program provides advanced education in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Entertainment Law, Music Management and Music Business. “Courses in the MBA in Music Management have an international scope,” says the school, “and are taught by industry leaders as well as full-time faculty.”
Sample courses for the 42 credit hour program include Entrepreneurship in the Music and Entertainment Industry, The Music and Entertainment Industry, Entertainment Law, Financial and Economic Global Strategy, and Influence, Persuasion, and Negotiation Strategy.
A crucial component of most MBA in Music Business programs is the internship/capstone experience. The experience provides the opportunity for students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real music business setting.
Graduates of MBA in Music Business programs go on to work in a variety of careers in the music industry including Entrepreneur, Music Marketing Manager, Music Supervisor, Booking Agent, Music Distributor, Artist Manager, Tour Manager, and PR Manager, to name a few.
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