Our dynamic BA Music Business and Arts Management degree prepares you for employment or further study in a broad area within the music and arts sectors.
Covering areas such as entrepreneurism, project management, live music, musicology, copyright and consultancy, this multi-disciplined degree gives you an excellent overview of the music business as well as contemporary issues in arts management. Its content, an attractive blend of compulsory and elective modules, allow you to specialise in certain areas of expertise as your studies progress. The degree cuts across music, business and law.
Our Performing Arts department has a vibrant character like no other and gives you regular contact with the professional music world, with visiting lecturers from the industry who, along with our core teaching team, provide invaluable knowledge and guidance. You can find information on our key staff - all either active practitioners or researchers in music or business - under the Profiles tab.
Our students have secured, and continue to secure, internships and placements with the likes of the NME, Bath International Music Festival, EMI, the Barbican and The Puppini Sisters, among many others. You can read more on the employment success of our students under the Careers tab on this page.
The BA Music Business and Arts Management degree combines a rich selection of areas over its three years of studies. Modules such as Managing Arts Projects, Introduction the Music Industries, and Music Contracts & Copyrights help lay the foundations, while more specialised aspects of the course develop the knowledge and skills you'll need to deal with the business and legal implications of the music and arts industries.
This module provides an overview of the music industries, principally in the sectors of recording, publishing, live music and management. Students will develop their understanding of related roles, e.g. A&R, marketers, managers, publishers, agents, promoters and administrators, to gain a broad-based understanding of contemporary issues and practices.
This module introduces arts management through the production of a range of arts and music projects. Drawing on arts management, event management and project studies, the module will use a range of practical and theoretical approaches to build up the knowledge and skills needed to conceptualise, plan, finance and manage commercial and subsidised small-scale music and arts projects.
This module provides introductory study of contracts and copyrights in the music and cultural industries. Analysis of historical and contemporary conditions across various industry sectors, genres and territories offers students a theoretical background upon which to develop practical skills appropriate to recording, publishing, arts administration, management and agency.
This module encourages critical thought about music, musicians and composers. It takes the convergence of two topics the cultural industries and music history to develop understanding of music's social function, music aesthetics, approaches to music criticism, cultural modernism, and music as a collaborative art. It also provides academic study skills and opportunities to reflect on and advance budding professional and scholarly development, laying a solid foundation for further study and practice.
This module aims to enable students to gain an advanced understanding of the development, structure and systems employed by the live music industry. It develops students¹ critical understanding of the impact of live music markets in local and international arenas, from small venues to international tours and festivals. It also enables students to critique the contemporary role of live music in the promotion and development of an artist's career and to examine the interplay of agents, promoters, managers and salient organisations across the industry.
This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the music industries, with a specific focus on entrepreneurship. Such issues are particularly important to those intending to launch a company of their own, or to self-manage and/or self-release, but will also be relevant to those intending to work for an existing company within the music industries or beyond. Students will work on a live case study of a music business, as well as planning their own music-related business, working both autonomously and in groups.
Plus two modules from the following list:
This module develops previous learning in music marketing by introducing students to advanced issues in its practical and theoretical principles. It provides an evaluative overview of salient economic, promotional and developmental concepts to equip students with the appropriate language and tools of music marketing and communications. Such learning will enable students to develop an understanding of how to create robust marketing and promotional campaigns.
This module provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by students working in small teams on real time consultancy projects that take place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It gives the student the responsibility of managing themselves, their time, their team relationships and their relationships with external clients to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation. The module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of their consultancy experience. It aims to enhance students¹ prospects of employment following the completion of their degree programme.
The module aims to examine the relationship between music and culture exploring its nature, meanings, forms and implications. Drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks and research methodologies (e.g. cultural studies, gender theory), students will examine key domains of cultural music production to understand the ways in which these domains have been constructed and to develop the skills necessary to analyse such forms.
This module aims to explore the key principles of music journalism and develop practical skills in interviewing and writing reviews, features, biographies, website content and promotional material. Students will also explore the history of music journalism and its possible future. As well as students considering a career in music journalism, either full-time or part of a portfolio career, the module will appeal to students who would like a greater understanding of working with the press from an artist's perspective or simply of the link between music and words.
This module aims to enable students to: develop their critical understanding of key and contemporary issues in the music business and wider arts sector; explore how the complexity and ambiguity of these issues affect professional practice in arts management and the music business; develop their independent enquiry, analysis and communication skills to devise and sustain arguments about key and contemporary issues in arts management.
Choose one of the two following:
This module develops to an advanced level the organisational knowledge, understanding, and practical skills required to plan, finance and deliver a major music- and/or arts-related project. The project will draw together all elements of the programme to date, encouraging students to demonstrate advanced practice in the presentation of a project and to work with external partners and audiences. Indicative topics for study and practice include: entrepreneurship; programming or product development; project planning and management including problem-solving; budgeting, finance and fundraising; marketing, promotion and sponsorship; and production.
This module furthers knowledge, understanding and skills in a particular area of interest, whether arising from prior learning or enabling the pursuit of interests not other otherwise catered for in taught modules. Because of the diversity of Independent Projects, their aims will vary according to the nature of the project. This will be defined in a proposal, which is subject to the approval of the Module Leader.
Choose one of the following if taking the Major Project or two if taking the Independent Project:
This module presents specialist studies of contemporary musical styles through analysis of a range of works, genres, repertoires, and related musicological theories. Taking its starting point as the mid twentieth century, the module examines modernist, postmodernist and neo-modernist trends in relevant musical, cultural and philosophical contexts.
This module aims to provide the student with an advanced idea of popular music studies through a selective overview of theoretical approaches, including cultural theory, sociology, political economy and musicology. Key areas of popular music studies will be addressed, including production, mediation and reception. Theory will be used to explore popular music practice and popular music practice will be used to explore popular music theory.
The primary aim of this module is to enable students to affect positively the musical development of a community or individual(s). This will be achieved through the planning and delivery of participatory musical activity within a specific community-based or pedagogical context. To this end, both practical facilitation techniques and theoretical literature will be explored. Successful students will have sophisticated creative and interpersonal skills. On completion of the module they will be well-placed to start working professionally in the sector, and/or to undertake further study (e.g. a PGCE or community music masters degree).
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
You will learn through interactive lectures - some given by professionals from industry - visits, workshops, seminars and tutorials, where you will explore your new knowledge further through discussions with your tutor and your peers. You will work on case studies and projects and will also conduct your own study and research.
The course includes lectures on essay, report and CV writing, as well as careers sessions with industry professionals. There's also the opportunity to carry out an internship or work placement, be it over summer, within the academic year (for the Independent Project), or between Years 2 and 3 of your studies (as an optional 'sandwich' year).
Assessment is mainly through coursework. You will produce a portfolio of work over the course of your studies, including essays, reports and evaluations of events and projects you've designed, planned and managed. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course.
Our academic staff are all either active practitioners or researchers in music or business. As such, they all have strong industry links and rich experience across music business and arts management. For example:
Copyright and musicology (Dr Christopher Dromey), events management, music marketing and promotion (Sareata Ginda), record label management (Mario Anastasiades, with Rise Music International), film composition (Dr Francois Evans, member of BAFTA), journalism and performance (Marcus O'Dair, journalist and member of Grasscut), and composition and artistic direction (Peter Fribbins, London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place, London).
For more information on teaching staff please click on the links below:
Dr Fiorenzo Palermo
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Graduates of BA Music Business and Arts Management leave fully equipped with the music business and management skills needed to secure employment in this vibrant sector of the economy. Event management, arts administration, the record industry or artist development are just some of the areas you might expect to work in. Opportunities in venue management, music and arts markets, arts outreach and education also exist, as demonstrated by the success of our graduates in recent years.
Students of BA Music Business and Arts Management have gone on to gain employment with the likes of MTV, the MBF, Universal, PRS for Music and PPL, among many other prominent organisations.
Opportunities for work placements are optional but encouraged and supported, be it through a formal sandwich¹ year or within the Independent Project. Our students have secured, and continue to secure internships and placements with the likes of the NME, Bath International Music Festival, EMI, the Barbican and The Puppini Sisters, among many others. Field trips and course modules, for example Consulting to Organisations and Independent Project, actively support collaboration between students, industry leaders and organisations.
You'll be excellently prepared for your future careers through: advice you'll receive through our Professional Development Tutorial Scheme, sessions with visiting professionals, vocational field trips, client-based work, and opportunities for work experience.
"I learnt quickly that the most important factor to making the most of your university experience is to create your own opportunities. By the end of my first year, I was already co-running a successful club night, was Course Representative for the degree, had a work placement at the NME, started up the Event Management society and was a Student Learner Assistant to other students on the course.
"The biggest project I worked on for my studies was in the third year for the Event Management module. Working in a team of six, our group hosted a vintage Valentine's tea dance for the elderly community of Enfield. With over 100 guests, we had a 1950s swing band and a local dance duo, as well as copious amounts of tea, cakes and sandwiches.
"After my studies, I was fortunate enough to be offered a job from an internship I worked at during my third year. I was employed as Operations Assistant at Concert Live, a company specialising in instant live music recordings. Since working here, I have worked alongside the Robbie Williams tour, Newton Faulkner, Ronan Keating and Thin Lizzy to name but a few and now I have been promoted to Operations Manager!"
"Before I came to study at Middlesex University I had been in a job I didn't like for too long and was doing some freelance music composition and production on the side. I wanted to do a course that could push my career in the right direction. Middlesex University offered just the course I needed for that.
"Of course the obvious stuff I expected to be included in the course was very helpful for my current job, but I also really enjoyed the modules that made me think about music and arts in a whole new way and expanded my knowledge.
"I now work at Viacom in Amsterdam, where I'm responsible for music licensing and reporting for all our Northern European channels such as MTV, Viva and Comedy Central. Music rights are very complex and interesting. With recent developments of digital distribution and consumption, I'm all the more interested in what will happen in the future and want to be involved in that."