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Music Industry Management & Promotion

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

If you have ambitions to make it big in the music business, then this course will give you the knowledge and industry experience you need to manage your own career and commercialise your activities.

MA Music Industry Management & Promotion is designed to facilitate the commercial exploitation of music-related activities and is suitable for aspiring and current music business people, and for music creators who wish to proactively manage their own careers. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at the postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working on real-world projects.

In this course, you will be able to study contemporary practice across the spectrum of the music industry. You’ll look at different business models and explore the ways in which creative products are marketed and promoted.

You’ll also engage with the key issues being confronted by today’s music industry such as the Pandemic and the impact of new technology and the development of the digital marketplace – and explore the challenges and opportunities which have emerged. As you progress, you’ll have the chance to develop your own commercial, professional and industrial strategies.

Why study with us

  • The programme prepares students to navigate the constantly changing environment of the music industry with a focus on sustainable careers and how to get ahead in what is a challenging but immensely enjoyable and rewarding industry.
  • This is achieved by triangulating the rigorous academia and research that you would expect to find in a world leading Masters programme, with access to expert industrial insight from accomplished practitioners and experiential learning gained through working on practical real world projects.
  • The course is very much centred around each individual students' career aims and the expertise available affords insight and enables exploration of any aspect of the modern music industry, whether you are a creative seeking to take control of your own career, or someone with interests in industry management roles.

What you’ll do

  • Incredible opportunities for real industry experience – previous students have overseen the promotion of national concert tours, book launches, films and celebrity appearances.
  • Other students have worked with international artists and record labels, developed new music brands, organised festivals and other live music events, and much more.
  • Opportunities to work alongside and be mentored by leading industry practitioners, attend talks and guest lectures, and work on collaborative projects with professional musicians.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

This course is suitable both for aspiring music business people and for music creators and artists who wish to manage their own careers. 

The research and work you can undertake during this course can potentially prepare you for working in almost any aspect of the music industry, and roles including:

  • Setting up your own enterprise
  • Working as a music industry manager/ leader/ entrepreneur
  • Working as a professional advisor, consultant, music specialist
  • Working for established industry institutions, trade representatives, or arts organisations, at al
  • Working for commercial organisations such as Record Labels, Publishing/ Synchronisation, Digital Music Services, et al
  • Provision of services to the music industry such as production, marketing services, et al
  • Working as musician/ performer/ independent or signed artist/ DJ/ producer, sound engineer
  • Working in the live industries, event promoter, festival organiser, venue operator, talent agent.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9400 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£16380 per year
Full-time£16380 per year
Full-time£10000 per year
Part-time£1,111 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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