Our music business course is designed to give you the tools to succeed in the field of music business and arts management. It covers everything from entrepreneurship and project management to live music, copyright law and everything in between.
As part of our vibrant performing arts department, you’ll study a mix of compulsory and elective modules that will allow you to gain expertise in music and arts management.
You’ll get plenty of support from staff that are working or researching in the music business or arts sector. Guest lectures with industry professionals will put you in touch with the professional world and help to build contacts.
Heavily focused on enhancing your employability skills, you’ll follow in the footsteps of former students who have secured internships and placements with the likes of NME, Bath International Music Festival, EMI and the Barbican.
You’ll have the opportunity to attend free UK field trips to industry-relevant places such as London’s Roundhouse, Handel House Museum, and Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.
Our weekly Concerts and Colloquia series gives you access to some of the industry’s most influential guest speakers, with previous guests including Mark Lawrence (PRS for Music), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Tom Robinson (BBC and singer-songwriter), Dave Tomberlin (Interscope-Geffen-A&M), and Dr Shruti Jauhari (KM Music Conservatory, India).
As part of our art management degree you’ll have access to key performing arts organisations and performance providers across London and the UK. Final-year students have previously attended MIDEM (Cannes), Berlin, Music Futures (Sage Gateshead), and the AIF Congress (Cardiff).
While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.
You’ll gain the music business and management skills needed to launch your career. With opportunities in event management, arts administration, the record industry and artist development, former students have secured roles with the likes of MTV, Help Musicians UK, Universal, PRS for Music, Columbia Records, and PPL.
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To study MUS3993 Major Project, students must have achieved a mark of 10 or better when grades for their two core BA Music Business and Arts Management modules at Level 5 – MUS2066 Live Music Industry and MUS2810 Music Entrepreneurship – are averaged. Additionally, no single module grade attained for either of these modules must be lower than 12.
Any student starting their BA Music Business and Arts Management studies from Year 3 must also meet this threshold, which will be judged against equivalent prior learning.
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. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Throughout this course, you will have opportunities to work with real world companies and events, helping to plan, organise and deliver a major music or arts-related project.
Our partnership with London’s biggest community music festival, the Hanwell Hootie, continues to thrive, with students carrying out Major Projects on behalf the festival from running the festival’s second largest outdoor site, organising the PR and press liaison to writing funding applications and acting as artist liaisons.
Our students have been organising a variety of events and exhibitions for their second year Live Music Industry module. Here is just a taster of what they get up to:
LGBT+ Charity Showcase
Students Haniss Nguyenova, Aidan Hepworth and Lily Ferreira organised a concert in aid of Amnesty International and their work to stop the persecution of LGBT+ people in Chechnya, Russia. Taking place in the intimate and historic Hope & Anchor, Islington, they gathered performers from the community and its allies to showcase their talent in support of a meaningful cause.
All Dogs Matter
All Dogs Matter rescue and rehome dogs in and around London, and also find homes for dogs in need from overseas. Katerina Jelinkova and Viktorie Saviova, second year students organised a concert for the charity which featured great music from talented new artists based in London.
HINDSIGHT offered a unique live music experience in cooperation with RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) showcasing young talented musicians based in London. This immersive event was organised by Lucia Legáthová, James Davenport, Ana Silva and Michaela Donnerova
Young Artists for Youth Music
Emilija Kazlauskaite, Eva Svedova, and Anu Suthakaran created a day event at the Music and Beans coffee shop in Camden, featuring young musicians from Middlesex University and from Youth Music schemes. The event celebrated the Youth Music charity which aims to help young musicians and artists find their bright future.
Sunday Sessions Live
Shanice Edwards and Emma Trail worked with the Youth Music Charity to present Sunday Sessions Live. Youth Music works with young people in music-making projects, uniting diverse backgrounds, as well as deprived and divided communities by bringing them together through music. Artists included BaggE, Danny Sanchez, Eden Tikare, Jessie Park, Lucy Wroe and Tascha Jerawan, whose performances featured songs in neo-soul, R&B pop, and urban.
Have a look at some of the events previous students have been involved in.
Once you graduate, you will leave fully equipped with the music business and management skills needed to secure employment in this vibrant sector. 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, arts outreach, and education are other thriving areas, as demonstrated by the success of our graduates in recent years, who have been recruited by the likes of MTV, Help Musicians UK, Universal, PRS for Music, Columbia Records, and PPL, among other organisations.
Similarly, our students have secured, and continue to secure, internships and placements with the likes of the NME, Bath International Music Festival, Sound Diplomacy, HarrisonParrott, EMI, Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Barbican.
The field trips, practical work embedded modules, our Concerts & Colloquia series, and a Professional Development Tutorial scheme also actively support both your scholarly development and your collaboration with industry, supporting your ambitions and preparing you for your career.
Music Business and Arts Management BA graduate
Before joining BA Music Business and Arts Management, I was eager to learn about and gain experience of events management. The course certainly equipped me to do this, giving me the technical know-how to face such challenges in the music and wider arts industries, and providing the invaluable hands-on experience I needed. By the end of my second year of study at Middlesex I’d already organised and managed three live music projects and fundraising events: a Tribute Night in support of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, where I was fortunate to meet and liaise with Amy’s parents; a further evening dedicated to George Michael, in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust; and Autumn Sharif’s album showcase. Since graduating, I’ve remained in the field of music events, joining the Kings Place Music Foundation, where I work in the Front of House Team and liaise with visiting artists, clients, and, of course, the public. Concerts, international conferences, and events planning more generally are the areas in which I'll continue to specialise in the future.
Music Business and Arts Management BA graduate
When I joined BA Music Business and Arts Management I had quite a reserved personality but within the first few weeks I was given confidence to draw on my previous experience and to "come out of my shell". For example, I joined a student-run management group to oversee Music's Concerts and Colloquia series. That's something I'd strongly advise future students to get involved with - it really helps bonds to be made and event management skills to be honed. Also, the relationships I was able to form with my lecturers during my time at Middlesex really allowed me to learn from their knowledge and experience. That process peaked in my third and final year of study, when I chose to specialise in music copyright. It's something that's also stayed with me since I graduated, helping me secure a job with Audio Network, a global music library.
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!
Music Business and Arts Management BA graduate (2008)
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Music Business and Arts Management BA graduate
Today, I work as an Associate Product Manager with Ticketmaster, which involves attending lots of exciting events and striving to maintain the company’s user experience. Music has always been a great passion of mine, particularly as a singer and songwriter, but I knew before coming to Middlesex that these career paths weren’t the most secure, and when I started my BA Music Business and Arts Management degree it became more and more clear that I’d made the right choice. During my time at Middlesex I learned what was required to put on a great live show and got to know my way around the music industry’s various copyright laws—all while still being able to record my own music. I travelled with the University to music conferences, such as MIDEM, where I made contacts that helped me become the artist and businesswoman I am today.
Dr 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 was released on the Sargasso label in 2017.
Julia joined Middlesex University in 2014, after having worked in the music industry for 20 years. Initially at classical music publisher Peters Edition, she promoted the music of John Cage, Mauricio Kagel and Brian Ferneyhough. Julia founded the artist agency Haferkorn Associates Ltd (1998) and, with Ed McKeon, the production company Third Ear Music Ltd (2010).
Peter Fribbins is a composer, artistic director and academic in music. His compositions are performed, broadcast and recorded internationally and include two string quartets (recorded by the Allegri and Chilingirian Quartets), two piano trios, various sonatas (including the Cello Sonata recorded by Raphael Wallfisch & John York), the Piano Concerto (recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and the Violin Concerto (recorded by Philippe Graffin and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra). Peter studied with the German composer Hans Werner Henze in London and Italy, and at the Royal Academy, Royal Holloway and Nottingham universities. He is also the Artistic Director of the London Chamber Music Society, a weekly series of concerts that traces its history back to the South Place Sunday Concerts in the 1880s. This celebrated concerts series has been resident at Kings Place in London since 2008, during which time Peter has curated more than 250 concerts with a range of famous artists, ensembles, choirs and chamber orchestras.
Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time