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Music Business and Arts Management BA Honours

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October 2019
EU/International induction: September 2019
3 years full-time
4 to 6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Chris 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?

From entrepreneurship, project management, and live music to musicology, copyright law, and consultancy, our programme is multi-disciplined, giving you a comprehensive overview of both the music business and arts management. An attractive blend of compulsory and elective modules allows you to specialise, gaining expertise as your studies progress.

Our Performing Arts department has a vibrant character like no other. We offer you regular contact with the professional world, with visiting lecturers from industry that provide invaluable knowledge and guidance alongside our core teaching team. All our staff are all either active practitioners or researchers in music or business.

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
  • You will have the opportunity to attend free field trips to such places as London’s Roundhouse, Handel House Museum, Kings Place’ Sage Gateshead, and Cardiff’s Millennium Centre
  • 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.

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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.


  • 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. 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.

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Our partnership with London’s biggest community music festival, the Hanwell Hootie, continues to thrive, with four students carrying out Major Projects on behalf the festival. This year our students are:

  • Running the festival’s second largest outdoor site, Sandy Park, with a capacity of over 1,000
  • Organising the PR and press liaison
  • Writing funding applications
  • Acting as artist liaison

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

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.

  • Klaudia Kotlinska

    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.

  • Nathan Hayward

    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.

  • 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.

  • Åse Kristine Moe

    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 Chris 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 DipMus BA PCES MA PhD PGCHE FHEA
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 MA PGCHE
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.

Dr Marcus O'Dair BA PGCHE FHEA
Associate Professor in Music and Innovation

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.

Dr Brian Inglis BA MA PhD PGCHE FHEA
Senior Lecturer

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.

Dr Richard Osborne BA MA PhD PGCHE
Senior Lecturer

Dr 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 BA MA PhD PGCHE FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

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.

Julia Haferkorn BMus MMus
Senior Lecturer

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).

Prof Peter Fribbins BMus MMus DMusA LRAM FTCL
Professor in Music and Director of Music Programmes

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.

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