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Music Business
Music Business
Music Business

Music BusinessBA (Hons)

Interested in running your own music business, organising music festivals, managing artists, planning tours, becoming a music business entrepreneur? The BA (Hons) Music Business programme is just what you need.


Course coming soon: Through a combination of practical assignments – backed-up with academic research and assignments – you will develop a strong understanding of the music business, and develop your critical thinking, research and entrepreneurial skills. You’ll also gain essential knowledge and skills in artist management, music business strategy, music law, copyright, financial planning, live events and business start-ups, and have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through a range of real-world projects.

You can tailor this course to your own interests through optional projects and modules in the third year. These modules may help to inform future career options and ensure that technical and musical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry.

This course will involve practical projects designed in partnership with industry
The course will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars, masterclasses, tutorials, workshops and guest presentations.

Assessment methods include practical assessments, essays, individual reports, portfolio, individual and group presentations, and final performance.

YEAR 1 (Level 4)
Understanding the Music Industries Core This module introduces you to the many job roles and businesses that exist within the contemporary music industries and asks you to consider the benefits and disadvantages of different music industry strategies for new, unsigned and established artists.
Introduction to Music Business Core In this module you will develop your management skills and build your understanding of business structures and the wider economic environment.
Digital Marketing and PR Core In this module you will devise an integrated digital media and marketing campaign and create user-centred content that is presented through an online platform.
Music, Society and Culture Core To gain success in the highly competitive music industries it is essential that you develop a strong understanding of music communities and the cultures they produce, share and consume. This module introduces you to the tools you need to analyse and research every aspect of your course.
Making Money from Music Core This module will introduce you to multiple methods of making money within the music and entertainment industries and explore a wide range of artist strategies and creative business approaches.
Artist and Business Branding Core This module will help you to understand branding theories and then apply these concepts to the development of creative projects.
YEAR 2 (Level 5)
Global Music Industries: Trends and Issues Core In this module you will explore the changing patterns of globalisation that impact on how we consume music. From local DIY scenes with global virtual networks, to the changing consumption habits created by the stranglehold of the major streaming platforms, this module will support your knowledge and understanding of global music industries and cultures.
Live Music and Festivals Core This module examines the main business roles and companies involved in the live music and festival sectors. It considers how live promoters operate, and explores a range of contemporary social, ethical and business issues.
Audio-Visual PR Core This module will equip you with both technical knowledge and the art of PR storytelling to help you create an effective promotional video that captures the essence of artists and their music.
Music Law: Contracts and Controversies Core This module provides you with a vital understanding of key legal issues by exploring music contracts, legal cases and the role of lawyers.
Events Management and Marketing Core This module shows you how to create, manage and promote gigs, club nights, festivals and music industry conferences.
Professional Development Core This module gives you the opportunity to explore the music industry job role(s) that you are most interested in pursuing in the future and asks you to consider the best ways to achieve your career goals.
YEAR 3 (Level 6)
Individual Research Project Core In this module you will research a specific topic of your choice – from music history to music media to music business and beyond. You gain an in-depth understanding of that topic which may be presented as a dissertation or a practice-based project that will be an important calling card for your future career.
Pitching and Planning a Business Core This module allows you to create, launch or expand a public-facing music business concept or project to a professional standard.
Managing and Developing a Business Core In this module you will manage and develop your music business concept or project and create a professional showcase that will promote it effectively to customers, clients and/or potential investors. You will also consider how you might expand your concept/project in the future.
Copyright, Publishing and Sync Core This module gives you an up-to-date understanding of how copyright, publishing and sync operate, and of the challenges faced by music businesses and artists in the ever-developing digital environment. An understanding of these areas is essential for anyone seeking a future career in music business.
Festival Cultures Option This optional module focuses on the culture of music festivals. A range of contemporary issues are explored and connected to the deeper history of the sector in order to demonstrate how our understanding and expectations of outdoor events have changed and how the past impacts the present and future.
Pop, Politics & Protest Option This optional module focuses on musicians and events whose interests, activities and music intersect with political and social issues and campaigns. It introduces you to new ways of looking at music as a cultural form, and to important issues regarding censorship, freedom of speech and the ethics of popular music.
  • 104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent, including RSL VQ at Level 3 and Rockschool exams at grade 6 or higher.
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, an RSL/BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or RSL/BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirements of 104 UCAS points.
  • UK applicants will be asked to attend an audition.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Popular Music Foundation Year.

Applications to Resonance are via UCAS, currently the Music Business course is not available and is coming soon.

If you would like any further information, or would like to chat to someone about our other available courses, please contact



The Foundation Year and degree courses provided by Resonance are validated by Solent University which is registered with the Office for Students (OfS).

Fees for the 2024/25 academic year are £9,250 for all UK and Channel Islands students. Additional fees may apply to non-compulsory excursions, tours and extra-curricular activities. Students will be notified of these extra fees in advance.

Resonance offers bursaries and scholarships to assist with the cost of tuition or accommodation, subject to a letter of application. Each bursary or scholarship will be considered by the Board of Trustees.

Additional costs will apply to Quals Plus courses and will vary according to the assessment process.

Other costs – such as accommodation, books, stationery, instruments, accessories, computers, optional summer school, personal expenses, food, and entertainment – are not included.

Costs also apply to the graduation ceremony, i.e. hiring an academic gown (currently £45) and photography (starting at £15). Full details will be provided at the beginning of the third year of full-time study.


Undergraduate students wishing to study at Resonance are officially registered as Solent University students and are entitled to apply to Student Finance England for support.

Full-time students can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans. For further details on how to apply, please visit:

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