Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Music Business & Management - full-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

This course has been successful in developing and promoting motivated and ambitious individuals across all aspects of the music industry , including music producers, performers, artists, managers, A&R, music publishers, studio owners, tour production and entrepreneurs.

Key features

  • Taught in small classes and one-to-one tutorials by music industry specialists 
  • Weekly music industry visitors, including lawyers, artists, video directors, agents, managers
  • Strong industry connections including staff and ex-students (eg at Sony and Warner managing artists such as Skepta and Mabel) in key parts of the music industry
  • State-of-the-art recording studios and professionally equipped theatre on campus
  • Excellent collaboration opportunities with courses such as performance, production, photography, media, graphic design

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Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Music Business & Management is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Course entry requirements

Interview and portfolio.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Interview requirements:

Evidence of or aptitude towards business and marketing in a music industry context. Demonstration of written and academic skills.

Cross-college entry guide

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Click here to read our cross-college entry guide

Small group sizes working from our own music business hub office allow you unrivalled access to work experience opportunities and our exceptional studio resources. Collaborations are encouraged with your fellow MET students in filmmaking, design, photography and other disciplines essential to your growing professional network. Each part of the course is designed to increase your value and your opportunities, as either artist or as part of an artist’s team. Our External Examiner said, “If I were to be studying my music business degree now, I would want to study here.”

Year 1 - This course begins with fundamentals of music industry structure, copyright and contracts, alongside practical, real-world music projects including artist management, A&R, releasing and marketing records, from vinyl to digital streaming. You will put on live events, build music audiences and fan bases and run the student radio station.

Year 2 - In Year 2, you will study entrepreneurship, bid for actual funding for your music business ideas, and negotiate industry work placements while developing your own vocational major project - defined, planned, owned and controlled by you. You will also build up your own area of music industry expertise via a research project. Your own projects will be informed by one-to-one tutorials and weekly industry visits by current practitioners (including many now-successful alumni) across all sectors of the music industry.

Year 3 - You will extend and apply your music business knowledge in tutorials from specialists with cutting-edge expertise in one of the most rapidly evolving and growing sectors of UK business. Classes and project work in small groups in our own music business hub office run inside our extensive, world-class studio complex, providing a busy music ecosystem and work experience. The course is supplemented by a weekly series of lectures and workshops with prominent visiting music industry figures, including record labels, publishers, artist managers, music lawyers and performing artists across all genres, including many successful MET alumni.

We have excellent relationships with industry figures at all major labels, music publishers, promoters, the media (including the BBC), music distributors and the streaming services.  Our industry connections include staff contacts at Universal Music and many other important music companies, and crucially ex-students working at Sony, Warner, managing artists such as Skepta, Mabel, working with artists, distribution, copyright, contracts, rights, digital music aggregation and key parts of the music industry.

Music Business students have full access to our outstanding sound studios, as well as an office dedicated to music industry projects. Students receive a digital copy of Music Week each week, and can access a range of current industry books and publications, and further essential industry-related IT equipment and software in the music department and in our fully equipped Learning Resource Centres. For event management, we have excellent relationships with a host of south coast venues, as well as our own theatre spaces on campus.


Potential careers

  • Artist manager
  • Recording/touring artist
  • A&R (artist & repertoire)
  • Artist entrepreneur
  • Studio manager
  • Booking agent
  • Event promoter
  • Venue manager
  • Music producer
  • Freelance composer
  • Sound engineer
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Music publishing
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