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Music Business

Learn the business skills needed to become an artist manager, agent or publisher in the dynamic world of live and recorded music.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


If you're a practising musician or somebody who thrives behind the scenes, this program provides an understanding of the inner workings of the music industry.

Managers, agents and publishers are vital for any musician or artist competing in the entertainment business. The skills required to be successful, such as accounting, grant and proposal writing, contract development and marketing, are all covered in this program.

Training in technical and strategic areas of music business management will appeal to those who currently manage music professionals, talent agents and event coordinators who are seeking formal qualifications. And if you have a university degree in music, the industry business skills you develop in this program strengthen your traditional conservatory background.

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Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • The music industry is a major contributor to the economic pulse of Nova Scotia and central to cultural life throughout the Maritimes. Graduates are working in artist management, artist relations, music marketing and promotions, studio management, tour managing, publishing and distribution, etc.

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Other info

  • Many of the volunteer and work experience opportunities occur in environments that require you to be 19 or older. Students who are under age 19 may not be able to fully participate in these activities.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 1000   Introduction to the Music Industry
BART 1015   Fundamentals of Business in the Music Industry I
BART 1020   Communicating in the Music Business
BART 1030   Visual Design for Business
BART 2010   The Business of Live Performance I
BART 2011   The Business of Live Performance II
BART 2015   Fundamentals of Business in the Music Industry II
BART 2030   Interactive Design for Business
BART 2100   Professional Practice in Music Business I
BART 2500   Work Experience
BART 3000   The Recorded Music Process
BART 3010   Career Development in an Evolving Industry
BART 3030   Business of Marketing Music
BART 3040   The Business of Song-writing & Music Publishing
BART 3100   Professional Practice in Music Business II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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