BA (Hons) Music Management

Course summary

This course achieved 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.


This exciting new undergraduate course is taught by a team of highly experienced music business practitioners. It is an excellent opportunity to gain an all-round grounding in the skills and knowledge you will need for a career in the music business. If you are interested in the business side of music, this compelling course will help you develop the key skills and knowledge you will need for success in today's music business.



How will this course be assessed?

Year one
12% written exam, 5% practical exam, 83% coursework

Year two
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

Year three
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework


Course detail

Studying with us
If you are interested in the business side of music, this compelling course seeks to provide a mastery of the key skills and knowledge bases required to succeed in the broader, contemporary music business. The modules taught across the three year course together deliver a comprehensive overview of the business side of music today.

You can specialise in particular areas, as the course offers options that allow you to pursue a career in live music, PR and publicity or start your own music business. The course is delivered by industry practitioners with a wealth of experience and enhanced by guest lectures and masterclasses.

What modules will I study as part of my course?

Level 4

  • Professional Skills for the Music Industry and Academia
  • Introduction to Technology
  • People Management and Negotiation Skills
  • Introduction to Music and Media Law
  • The Role of Music Management
  • Music Video Production

Level 5

  • Artist PR and Publicity
  • Agency and Promoters
  • Collection Societies and Industry Associations
  • Touring Logistics and Planning
  • Business Innovation and Enterprise
  • Music Marketing and Promotion

Level 6

  • Strategic Music Management
  • Music Event Management
  • Festival Studies
  • Music Management Project

Plus two options from

  • Arts Management
  • Stage Management
  • Conference and Venue Management
  • Blast Radio 
  • Industry Experience

Or

  • Music Management Extended Project and one option

Entry requirements

112-128 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 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 http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country 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

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£6167

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£8000
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

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

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Interview

Applicants will usually be invited to an interview. This will give them an opportunity to show their enthusiasm and commitment for their chosen subject and a chance to meet the course team. Applicants will also be asked to bring along a portfolio of relevant work to support their application. This should include examples of the applicant's background and, if applicable, work within the industry to support their application. Applicants should show evidence of semi-professional membership of collection societies if applicable.

For detailed information on how to prepare your portfolio and what to expect in the interview or audition please see our Interview and audition processes page.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

International students

Complete our 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.

More about how to apply for undergraduate courses.

During the course

Notable aspects

Staff are current music industry practitioners with extensive experience and contacts. Guest speakers from the wider music industry appear each semester.

What our students say

Alex Wiseman, second year BA (Hons) Music Management student

'I'm a second year Music Management Student.  I love the range of modules the course provides, for example one semester we looked at the legal side of the music industry, something which I knew nothing about and really enjoyed learning. The next semester we look at the technical aspects of creating music and running live shows. This variety means that we have a range of knowledge in all aspects of the industry, which in turn makes us better managers.

The course has given me a real life view of the industry and also taught me the ability to network with professionals, thus leading to my work on the Ellie Goulding tour. Furthermore the work undertaken in the modules about live music have meant that when starting on the tour this year I had knowledge of the way things work, so this meant fitting in to the work easier. Studying at LCM has also helped me to prepare for the super-long days on the tour, something which I was ready for thanks to the support of my LCM tutors in dealing with stressful working hours. Another aspect of preparation is the continued focus on making connections that UWL encourages. Because of this I have actively been making new connections both with local promoters and artist management.

In 5 years’ time I hope to be working for a high end mainstream management company as an artist manager or out on the road as a tour manager for a well-known artist.'

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

Graduates will gain a grounded knowledge and understanding of the skills relevant to music management and the wider music business and will be able to begin a career in the industry in the areas of:

  • artist management
  • booking agencies
  • PR and press
  • publishing
  • record labels
  • event and tour managing
  • collection societies
  • self-employment

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