MA Music Industry Management and Artist Development

Course summary

Commercial success and a sustained career in the music industry both depend increasingly on an artist's ability to set up their own small record label, administer copyrights, facilitate live events and develop their careers.

Directed by a team of highly experienced industry professionals with unique insights and unprecedented experience in the field, you will have the opportunity to study key concepts in managing and developing your own career - or that of an act you represent.

Course detail

Course overview
Under the direction of a team of highly experienced industry professionals, this course covers the key concepts of managing and developing your own career, or the career of an act which you represent. The modules have been specifically written to allow you to develop your entrepreneurial and transferable skills, and include Independent Label Management, Developing your Career, Artist and Repertoire, Live Events Management and Copyright Law.

The course provides the student with the unique opportunity of studying the key concepts of managing and developing their own career, or the career of an act which they represent, under the direction of a team of industry professionals with a unique insight and unprecedented experience in the field.

The course modules have been specifically developed and written to provide the demand from students for the knowledge to develop their entrepreneurial and transferable skills to help develop new businesses within the music industry, or to help secure employment within specialist sectors of the music industry.

  • Leadership and Creativity
  • Independent Label Management
  • Developing your Career
  • Artist and Repertoire
  • Live Events Management
  • Copyright Law
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation or Project.

Modules summaries

Leadership and Creativity
Here we look at some of the psychological factors in performance, such as ability, motivation, stressors, burnout, performance anxiety, peak performance, confidence, zoning in, and preparing for auditions and competitions.

Independent Label Management
This module takes a detailed look into how the audio recording industry works and focuses on copyright ownership, the industry's future direction, and how to manage your own independent record label.

Developing Your Career
This module focuses on management, administration, and business in the music industry.

Artist and Repertoire    
This module is designed to enhance your understanding of managing an artist's commercial and artistic development, and how they engage with the respective collection societies administering publishing catalogues.

Live Event Management
Through a series of lectures and tutorials, you enhance your understanding of the live arena, and its potential commercial and artistic market value to you - or an artist you represent.

Copyright Law
Here we look at copyright, and media law in the music industry including key issues such as tort, moral rights, and confidentiality.

Research Methods
This module gives you essential skills and support, to prepares you for a successful project or dissertation in the final stage of this MA course.

Dissertation or Project
You will lead a practical project or dissertation on a subject negotiated with your supervisor, who will mentor you throughout. This is your opportunity to devise and execute an ambitious and substantial personal, self-managed project that encompasses and showcases many of the skills and knowledge you will have acquired during the course.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following:

  • Honours Degree in Music, Music Technology or a related subject to a minimum pass of 2:2, or substantial industry experience in the field.
  • Candidates will be asked to provide a portfolio of degree -level / professional work and a written statement.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

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Fees for overseas students

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A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

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International students

Complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

What our students say

Jay Shin, BA Music Management graduate

"Studying the Music Management course at LCM has given me the confidence to go on to do a Masters at UWL. Eventually, I want to go on to do a PhD in this subject too."

Jobs and placements

Recent appointments for alumni:

Music Management

MA Music Industry Management students have secured internships and work placements with companies including Stage Miracles, and Space Promotions.

MA Graduates continue to find employment with industry, PR Duff Press and Virgin/EMI records to name two.

Final year BA Music Management students this year won the Brentford Dragons Den contest

Career and study progression

By completing this course successfully, you will have developed enhanced skills and knowledge, and have an advantage in developing your own career, or that of an artist or artists you represent.

Successful graduates have gone on to enjoy roles in:

  • major record Labels in the UK and internationally
  • independent record labels
  • publishing companies
  • PR companies
  • artist management
  • agency and promotion
  • professional music
  • tour management
  • teaching
  • radio station management
  • creating new businesses.

Study progression

  • MPhil
  • PhD
  • DMA