The BA (Hons) Live Event Management degree is a ground-breaking programme with the ever-changing live music ecosystem at its heart. Developed in consultation with key bodies of the live events industry, this highly practical contemporary course will connect you to the cutting-edge of the fast-moving and constantly evolving live events sector. You’ll be encouraged to look to the future to see what’s possible, as you collaborate on real-world projects and build impressive creative, business, management and innovation skills.
Designed for the next generation of entrepreneurs in the multi-billion-pound UK live events industry, you’ll develop a host of practical, theoretical and creative skills in live production, event management and arts curation. Immersing you at the heart of the industry, you’ll gain the knowledge and abilities you need to run creative live music events across your professional career.
From the outset, you’ll become fluent in the language of the live events sector, learning a range of hands-on business, marketing and project management skills. With autonomy across all three years to focus on your areas of interest, you could potentially be running your own live events from your first year onwards.
You’ll explore the extensive logistics involved in running live events, as you learn many practical industry tips such as how to run a soundcheck, how to set up a basic lighting rig, how to host a ‘zero carbon’ and ‘leave no trace’ event, and even what to do if your festival site is rained upon.
You’ll take inspiration from non-Western event and touring approaches, while you study more recent forms of immersive multimedia activities, such as live streaming, virtual reality opportunities and holographic performances. You’ll also gain knowledge of the financial and economic side of live event management as you apply to funding bodies like national arts councils to help you bring your creative ideas to fruition.
Your three years of course modules will take you on a highly curated journey. As well as covering the fundamentals of live event management, the specialisation of this programme will enable you to demystify the live music and events sector, encouraging both your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
By exploring the live events scene in its entirety, you’ll experience the full breadth of industry models and approaches – from being part of a collaborative network at the grassroots level, to discovering the realities of the field’s larger commercial sector. While these industry areas operate in fundamentally different ways, the foundational knowledge you’ll gain during ICMP’s BA (Hons) degree will see you transition smoothly from non-for-profit to commercial projects – using suitable skills at an appropriate time in the right setting – if that’s where your career takes you.
You’ll study in small, personalised learning groups with guidance from established live event sector tutors whose aim is to help you maximise your confidence to shape the future of this exciting and dynamic creative industry.
Diversity, inclusivity, accessibility, representation and the environment are central to the course, as you develop concepts that ensure everyone who wants to can experience and easily access events. This element of the programme is informed by the game changing work of leading charity Attitude is Everything.
The inspiring Live Project module in your final year is your chance to showcase your talents to an exceptional level, collaborating with your peers to bring an ambitious creative project to life.
Whether your plan is to be an industry professional in venue management or events marketing, or establish a career as an agent, promoter, event producer, fundraiser or something else entirely, this degree will raise your expectations of what’s creatively possible, while teaching you the core practical skills to turn your elaborate plans into reality.
FEES & FUNDING
Taking an Event Management degree course at ICMP makes financial sense, with the fees for ICMP music degrees the same as those at many traditional universities – making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun.
Please visit our Fees pages for information on access to student loans. Students eligible for loans can borrow the full annual course fee for ICMP degrees, unlike many other UK music schools where students are required to pay additional top-up fees themselves.
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Live Event Management course leads to the award of Bachelor of Arts degree by The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.
Following the granting of Degree Awarding Powers, our programmes are going through a rigorous quality approval process to transfer responsibility for the award to ICMP. Applicants registering onto a programme from September 2022, on successful completion, will receive their award from ICMP.
Please note, this programme is currently subject to validation.
- Course Code: BALM
- Institution Code: i25
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- A highly relevant and innovative course, developed for the new era of the live events industry.
- Explore the entire live music ecosystem, from grassroots venues and non-profit organisations to large events companies.
- Discover the wonders of the live music and events sector with our specialised live event management modules, and unlock your creative and entrepreneurial potential.
- Learn how to manage an events business with practical financial, management, marketing and legal support.
- Working alongside industry professionals at real-world events and make impressive music business connections.
- Study course content designed with extensive input from top UK music industry bodies including Music Venue Trust, Attitude is Everything, top festival organisers and the nation’s best booking agents and more.
- Collaborate with fellow students from ICMP’s rich talent pool.
- Develop your skills in London – a global music city offering endless creative events opportunities.