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Music Business

Build on your skills and experience to prepare for a career in the music industry.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Graduate Certificate

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If you're a practising musician or somebody who thrives behind the scenes, this program builds on your previous education to prepare you for a career in the music business. 

You develop a comprehensive understanding of the different revenue streams available to artists and professionals and learn the broad range of skills needed to develop your audience. These skills include:

  • Developing release strategies
  • Creating and implementing digital marketing, communications and social media plans 
  • Project and event management
  • Negotiating
  • Understanding copyright, rights collectives and contracts

You learn in the classroom and in the field with industry partners, giving you the networking skills necessary to build your own network. 

With a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, you’ll leave with the competencies needed to adapt in a fast-paced and ever-changing music marketplace.

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.

Choose NSCC

  • Throughout the program, industry experts and guest speakers are brought into the classroom to deliver specialized training.
  • The industry connections you make in this program create post-graduation opportunities.
  • This is the only program of its kind in Nova Scotia. You collaborate with peers and professionals in related programs, which could include Music Arts, Music Production and Engineering, and Professional Photography.

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 the age of 19 may not be able to fully participate in these activities.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus/Online Dartmouth Full time Blended BlendedDelivered through a combination of in-person and scheduled online classes. Seats available

Admission requirements

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.


2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • You graduate ready to navigate a complex industry and find success in the areas of:
    • Artist management
    • Booking agencies
    • Record labels
    • Concert promotion
    • Music publishing
  • Independent artists graduate with the skills, experience and industry connections needed to develop their music careers. 

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