Student Stories: Harvey Selby - BA (Hons) Music Business Entrepreneurship


Harvey Selby, a passionate drummer shares his story, from being a student studying the BA in Music Business and Entrepreneurship course at ICMP London Music School.

His story is an inspiring one, illustrating how through education and many opportunities, he landed an amazing position at Festival Republic, playing a crucial role in the production of some of the UK's most famous music festivals.

Video Transcript

"The Business degree at ICMP has transformed my life, and now I'm deeply involved in the music industry, that is incredible. My name is Harvey Selby. I studied the Music Business and Entrepreneurship course at ICMP. I've been a drummer since I was a kid and have always loved music.

Initially, I came to study the Foundation degree in Music Performance. During that time, I learned more about what the Business course offered and decided to switch. The experience was fantastic; the tutors were exceptional, very patient, and genuinely eager to see you succeed.

Currently, I'm working for Festival Republic, helping to produce and execute some of the major music festivals in the UK. It was my tutor, Jamie Johnson, who connected me with an ex-student, Christy Taverner, who was working at Festival Republic. After some discussions, she invited me to join the team, starting with Wireless Festival and then Community Festival. It was an incredible opportunity and a great way to get my foot in the door.

This course is not just for those who live and breathe performance but also for those who envision themselves as architects of the music industry. The course has been a beacon of growth, significantly shaping my personal and professional identity. For performers contemplating a fresh direction or those fascinated by the business mechanics of music, this course is filled of knowledge and excitement. It's a domain where passion is matched with practical skills, and I am beyond grateful for the myriad of opportunities it has presented to me.

Moreover, the collaborative environment at ICMP, enriched by a diverse student body and faculty, fosters a unique synergy of ideas and cultures, further enhancing the learning experience. It's this environment that has allowed me to thrive, not just as a musician but as a visionary in the business of music.

In conclusion, the ICMP Business degree is more than just an academic credential; it's a journey of transformation, a catalyst for innovation, and a platform for launching dreams into reality. Therefore, making it really fun and enjoyable. It's a course I would recommend to any aspiring musician or entrepreneur who is ready to chart their own course in the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry. "

Watch the full video for more.

If you're interested to study this course, click the link below!


Equally focused on Music Business & Entrepreneurship

The music business is an incredibly competitive environment – and over the last 30 years, ICMP has developed and refined a cutting-edge degree that now focuses equally on entrepreneurship. We’re the first music school in the UK to recognise that you need to understand not just marketing, management, finance, digital, creativity and all the structures and quirks that make the industry unique, but also how to forge your own path, create your own job, and change the future for the better. With access to ICMP’s fully equipped music facilities, exclusive industry events, masterclasses and a peerless contact network, we have it all covered.

To completely immerse yourself in your music career, email our friendly Admissions Team at or call them on 020 7328 0222.

School of Music Business
October 2, 2023
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