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Music Business

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:
1 Year
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September 2019
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

Program Overview

The audience is always focused on the performer on the stage, but it takes a team of skilled professionals and months of planning, negotiating and marketing to create a successful music event. 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, contracts 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. 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

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  • The combination of business training with entertainment-specific courses prepares you for a career as a creative leader within an organization or as an entrepreneur creating your own entertainment media business.
  • Collaborative Experience – Students collaborate with peers and professionals in other related programs, including Music Arts, Recording Arts, Radio Television Journalism and Screen Arts.

Employment Opportunities

  • Artist management, artist relations (A&R), music marketing and promotions, publicity assistant, tour managing, advertising, studio manager, production coordinator, publishing and distribution.
  • The music industry is a major contributor to the economic pulse of Nova Scotia and central to cultural life throughout the Maritimes.

Other Info

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

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

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