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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Would you like to understand music contracts, manage artists, plan events or create your own music company? Maybe you are an aspiring artist who would like to know more about making money from your music? If so, this course is ideal for you.Studying at Solent offers a unique experience for music business students, combining the excitement of real-world practice alongside in-depth, thought-provoking academic research on a wide range of music business issues. In addition to our own vibrant industry events and conferences, you can also get involved in Southampton’s music scene, with a wide range of venues across the city catering for all musical tastes. Our graduates have provided excellent feedback on their experience at Solent, with former Music Management students giving us a satisfaction rating of over 90% in both 2018, 2019 and 2020 (NSS).This innovative music business degree will provide you with a thorough understanding of the industry, covering artist development, live events, festivals, project management, finance, marketing, legal contracts and copyright. We will support you to develop the entrepreneurial skills to succeed in this exciting industry, in addition to essential digital training on podcasting, web development, social media and video production.As part of the course, you will promote your own live event(s), work with artists and launch a new music business project. Our collaborative culture also encourages you to work on projects with students from other courses, reflecting the working practices of the industry. The course also has a strong emphasis on gaining hands-on work experience, which we encourage at local businesses, venues and festivals.The course is led by an experienced, well-connected team of lecturers who regularly publish academic research and also maintain excellent links with industry professionals and employers. At our conference events, you will have the chance to talk with industry experts. Previous guests have included staff from Domino Records, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio 1 and Universal Music Publishing Group. Teaching is delivered by an academic team of music business professionals and researchers who have extensive experience of the industry.**What does this course lead to?**Throughout the course you will be provided with real-world learning opportunities and essential skills for a wide range of music business careers after graduation, including; record companies, publishing companies, artist management, live music management, marketing, digital roles, public relations (PR) and the creation of independent music companies.Graduates of our previous courses have gone on to work with leading music companies including; Sony, Universal, Warner, Live Nation, Spotify, The O2, PRS for Music, Dirty Hit, William Morris Endeavor and YMU Group. Others manage their own record labels, artist agencies and live promotion businesses.**Who is this course for?**Our degree course is ideal for students who want to build a career within the music business. Our students include aspiring musicians and managers from a wide range of backgrounds, having previously studied varied subjects such as art, science, photography, English, business studies, media studies and economics.The unifying theme amongst our students is a passion for music, regardless of previous experience or study. We also support mature students who may have previously worked in music and now wish to formalise their experience with a degree qualification.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Solent University (Southampton)

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Southampton, SO14 0YN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    84th out of 87 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    112 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%



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