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Music Business and Arts Management BA Honours

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Code
W3N2
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 to 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Christopher Dromey

Our modern BA Music Business and Arts Management degree prepares you for employment or further study in a broad area within the music and arts sectors.

Why study BA Music Business and Arts Management at Middlesex University?

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, cultural studies 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.

Course highlights

  • You will have access to key performing arts organisations and performance providers across London and the UK.
  • With exciting work placement opportunities, our careers service offers you a range of support both while you're studying and after you've graduated
  • We run a weekly Concerts and Colloquia series and invite guest speakers to speak at the University. Previous guests include Mark Lawrence (PRS for Music), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Tom Robinson (BBC and singer-songwriter), Dave Tomberlin (Interscope-Geffen-A&M), Dr Shruti Jauhari (KM Music Conservatory, India)
  • In recent years, final-year students have attended MIDEM (Cannes), Berlin, Music Futures (Sage Gateshead), and the AIF Congress (Cardiff)
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Music Business and Arts Management?

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.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Introduction to the Music Industries (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an overview of the music industries, principally in the sectors of recording, publishing, live music and management. You will develop your understanding of related roles such as A&R, marketers, managers, publishers, agents, promoters and administrators, to gain a broad-based understanding of contemporary issues and practices.

    • Managing Arts and Music Projects (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Music Contracts and Copyrights (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Critical Thinking about Music (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

  • Year 2

    • Live Music Industry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to gain an advanced understanding of the development, structure and systems employed by the live music industry. It develops your 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 you 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.

    • Music Entrepreneurship (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your 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. You will work on a live case study of a music business, as well as planning your own music-related business, working both autonomously and in groups.

  • Year 2 optional modules - choose two of the following modules:

    • Principles of Arts Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module develops previous learning in music marketing by introducing the advanced issues in its practical and theoretical principles. It provides an evaluative overview of salient economic, promotional and developmental concepts to equip you with the appropriate language and tools of music marketing and communications. Such learning will enable you to develop an understanding of how to create robust marketing and promotional campaigns.

    • Music and Culture (30 credits) - Optional

      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 (cultural studies, gender theory), you 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.

    • Music Journalism (30 credits) - Optional

      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. You will also explore the history of music journalism and its possible future. As well as those 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.

  • Year 3

    • Critical Studies in Music Business and Arts Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to develop your critical understanding of key and contemporary issues in the music business and wider arts sector. You will explore how the complexity and ambiguity of these issues affect professional practice in arts management and the music business, and develop your independent enquiry, analysis and communication skills to devise and sustain arguments about key and contemporary issues in arts management.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one of the following modules:

    • Major Project (60 credits) - Optional

      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 you 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.

    • Independent Project (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one of the following modules if taking the Major Project or two if taking the Independent Project:

    • Community Arts and Music Education (30 credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of this module is to enable you 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. Upon successful completion of this module, you will have gained sophisticated creative and interpersonal skills, and will be well-placed to start working professionally in the sector, and/or to undertake further study (PGCE or masters in community music).

    • Contemporary Music Studies (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Music Funding and Finance (30 credits) - Optional

      This module relates advanced concepts of finance, funding and economic systems to the music industries, and explores how different theoretical perspectives (forms of capital, musical genres, artist-audience relationships) inform the industries’ creative, management and entrepreneurial practices.

    • Popular Music Studies (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BA Music Business and Arts Management support your career?

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.

Dr Christopher Dromey (BMus, MMus, PhD, GCAP, FHEA)
Course Leader, Associate Professor in Music

Dr Dromey is the author of The Pierrot Ensembles (2013) and co-editor of The Classical Music Industry (2018), he teaches musicology and copyright. For several years Chris worked with PRS for Music. An active organist and pianist, he also organises Music’s Concerts and Colloquia, a Tuesday evening series open to the public featuring musicologists, figures from the music industry, performers, and composers.

Dr Zuleika Beaven
Senior Lecturer in Arts Management

Dr Beaven teaches Managing Arts and Music Project, Music Entrepreneurship and Critical Studies on the BA Music Business and Arts Management programme, and is involved in the teaching of live events management. She has an interest in the role of disruptors such as technology on music careers, conducted an EPSRC-funded case study on crowdfunding and was a co-author of the report Music on the Blockchain.

Mario Anastasiades
Lecturer in Music Business and Arts Management

Mario Anastasiades teaches on several modules, including Introduction to the Music Industries, Live Music Industry, and Music Funding and Finance. He has further industry expertise in music contracts, copyrights and publishing, having managed his own company, Rise International Music, since 1995. Mario is also a successful songwriter and artist manager.

Marcus O'Dair
Senior Lecturer

Marcus O’Dair co-leads the BA Popular Music programme and is convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries cluster. He was the lead author of the cluster’s Music on the Blockchain report, which received significant attention from policy-makers and the media upon publication in 2016. As well as a number of academic journals, he has written for publications including the GuardianIndependentTimesFinancial Times and Irish Times. He has appeared on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3, BBC 6Music and CNN, and presented podcasts for the IndependentMusic Week and the Barbican. Different Every Time, his 2014 biography of Robert Wyatt, was a Radio 4 book of the week. A former session musician with Passenger, Marcus has also released three acclaimed albums and toured Europe as one half of Grasscut.

Brian Inglis
Senior Lecturer

Brian Inglis teaches primarily on the BA Music Business and Arts Management and the BA Music programmes. His background is in composition, musicology and the music industry (authors' rights and publishing), and his teaching centres on creative and analytical topics, including copyright. Current research, in the broad area of genre and identity, includes publications with Routledge and Cambridge Scholars. An album of his piano music is being released on the Sargasso label in 2017.

Richard Osborne
Senior Lecturer

Richard Osborne is the author of Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record (Ashgate, 2012). Prior to becoming a lecturer he worked in record shops, held various posts at PRS for Music and co-managed a pub. He has performed in bands based in Evesham, Cheltenham and London.

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Dr Fiorenzo Palermo

Dr Palermo studied sonic art with the composer, performer, instrument inventor and musicologist Hugh Davies. After obtaining an MA in sonic art researching on concrete and sound poetry, he catalogued the Hugh Davies Collection at the British Library with the support of the Saga Trust. He was awarded a PhD on Davies's work in 2015, supervised by Dr. John Dack. Dr Palermo has presented his research internationally and has been invited by a number of institutions such as the British Library and the V&A to discuss his research. In 2012 he co-curated the Sho-Zyg exhibition at Goldsmiths College, which saw some of Davies's instruments and archival items displayed, as well as the performance and presentation of some of his pieces.

  • Jessica Treadgold

    Music Business and Arts Management BA graduate (2012)

    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!

  • Arjan Timmermans

    Music Business and Arts Management BA graduate (2008)

    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.

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