The BA (Hons) Live Event Management degree is a groundbreaking 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.

This course is sponsored by our industry partner:

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Alongside generously sponsoring courses, rooms and providing equipment, our industry partners also offer ICMP students access to exclusive discounts, events and opportunities.

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.

Live Event set-up

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) Live Event Management 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.

Live Music Event

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.


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.

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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. 

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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.


Key facts

  • 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.
  • Work alongside industry professionals at real-world events and make impressive music business connections. 
  • Study course content designed with extensive input from UK music industry bodies including Music Venue Trust, top festival organisers, 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. 

Industry Designed


Designed in collaboration with our industry partners, this course recently launched, making it one of the most current Live Event Management degrees in the UK. 





In year one, you’ll cover the fundamentals of live event management. The scope of work is wide and varied, and you’ll uncover answers to questions including: What is the industry? What is the live music ecosystem? And how do the two interconnect? By the end of your first year of learning, you’ll know how to run a venue safely, the different roles involved in the industry, the key principles of marketing and entrepreneurship, and how to create content that gets noticed.


In this module, you’ll familiarise yourself with the music business environment and the key roles within the live industry. Exploring concepts used in categorising and analysing a range of music organisations, you’ll get to know the core structures and functions of today’s industry. You’ll discover the three main sectors – recorded music, live music and publishing – as you study the key operations of music copyright. You’ll also gain insight into the roles of collection societies, professionals and organisations, investigating revenue flow and the interrelationships between each area of the industry.

  • Roles within the live music industry 
  • Recorded music 
  • Live music 
  • Music publishing 
  • Music copyright 
  • The role of collection societies 
  • Interrelationships between areas of the music industry 

Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Over this module, you’ll learn how to identify business opportunities within the music industry and implement and market them successfully. You’ll examine the core principles of entrepreneurship, the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, and any barriers that can arise. You’ll learn techniques for recognising new business opportunities, plus skills for turning them into successful ventures using customer-driven marketing strategies. You’ll cover topics including the importance of brands to consumers, music artists and organisations, the different between brands and products, and the power of brand equity. As a hands-on project, you’ll develop and present  a marketing campaign which illustrates your knowledge of marketing principles, branding and consumer behaviour.

  • Entrepreneurship in music 
  • How to develop a music industry marketing campaign 
  • Identifying new business opportunities in music 
  • Customer-driven marketing strategies 
  • Brands and products in the music industry 
  • Attributes of successful music brands 


There’s only one way to become fluent in the language of live production and that’s to embed yourself in the industry and gain real-world experience. In this exciting and highly practical module, you’ll learn the fundamentals of live production first-hand – by being onsite in a live performance space and interacting with industry professionals. Shadowing both behind-the-scenes and front-of-house tech crew, you’ll become competent at operating basic sound and lighting equipment, as you display the same professionalism and high production values you’ll take into your future career. You’ll also understand the functions of the interdependent roles involved in delivering a live show, and the live production terminology and subtle nuances required to make it happen.

  • Live production industry terminology and jargon 
  • Understanding stage management 
  • Full professional performance set up 
  • How to load in, run a soundcheck and focus stage lighting  
  • Live production roles 
  • How to get the best from your live production team 


The live music ecosystem has changed considerably in recent times, and you’ll explore the fundamentals of the new frontier in this pioneering and highly relevant module. During your studies, you’ll map the full spectrum of the live environment, acknowledging how interrelated roles depend on each other and connect with the recorded music sector – syncing with artists’ calendars, label release campaigns and other promotional activities. You’ll explore revenue generation and flow within the ecosystem, including the evolving non-profit sector and its dependence on subsidies. You’ll gain a global perspective as you explore non-Western approaches while keeping up-to-date with traditional and up-and-coming market leaders.

  • The interconnection of the live music industry 
  • Live music revenue generation 
  • Not-for-profit enterprises and subsidies 
  • In association with the Music Venue Trust 


In this module, you’ll uncover the essentials of running a live music venue – everything from revenue streams, staff wages, licensing and legal responsibilities, to artist and agent liaison, health and safety, community engagement and building maintenance. You’ll interact with grassroots venue professionals, including general managers, in-house bookers, fundraising managers, and members of the marketing and communication teams, to understand how these roles interrelate across both internal and external teams. You’ll explore concepts within hospitality including accessibility and environmental sustainability, as you learn to host inclusive events at both small and large capacity venues.

  • Understanding live venue revenue streams 
  • Live venue licensing 
  • Contribution to the night time economy  
  • Accessible live events for audiences with additional needs 
  • Running zero-carbon live events 
  • How to survive and thrive as a grassroots music venue 
  • Liaising with local authorities 
  • In association with Music Venue Trust 


In our continually evolving digital age, creativity has never been more vital. In this module, you’ll cover the principles of content creation and content marketing, as you learn practical and artistic techniques to help you stand out online across a range of digital media. You’ll discover why it’s essential for all music industry businesses to create a successful online presence to thrive, as you explore creative ways to get noticed digitally.  Using core content creation platforms and software, for image and video editing programmes, you’ll develop creative assets for real-world content and marketing strategies in a variety of formats.

  • How to develop an online presence 
  • Content creation techniques 
  • Digital marketing  
  • How to use image and photo editing software 
  • Video editing techniques 
  • Social media content and formats 

Creativity meets real-world experience in Year 2, as you take your entrepreneurship skills to the next level. Put your theory into practice as you curate creative concepts, submit funding applications and plan the finance and logistics of events, tours and festivals. Exploring innovative new mediums, you’ll be encouraged to brainstorm truly original immersive events of the future that will leave audiences enthralled. You’ll love every minute of this hugely exciting year, packed with specialist live event management modules that cleverly entwine and interconnect.

Touring, Festivals and Logistics

In this module, you’ll gain a strong logistical understanding of the processes and functions involved in hosting a performing arts event. You’ll explore every facet of the touring and festival environment – from creating touring Itineraries, organising visas, contributing to safety advisory groups (SAG), and following health and safety requirements, to managing sites and stages, understanding how contracting works, and being on top of entertainment licensing. The module offers many opportunities to gain hands-on experience with ICMP’s UK-based festival partners, shadowing industry professionals and collaborating with teams to plan or run a range of events. You’ll also explore festival sustainability, working on both carbon-neutral and leave-no-trace approaches.

  • The practical logistics of festivals and touring 
  • International touring 
  • Visas, visa tiers and sponsorships 
  • Non-Western approaches to touring 
  • Festival health and safety 
  • Festival licensing 
  • How to run a carbon-neutral festival 
  • Implementing a ‘leave no trace’ festival ethos 


The sky’s the limit in this module! You’ll be encouraged to use your imagination and creativity to conceive and curate a live performing arts event like no other. Your expert tutors will guide you through the process of identifying projects, as you work with local authorities, seek appropriate funding, creatively engage audiences and build event attendance. Thinking beyond music and curating ideas around installations, theatre and public art, you’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of the infinite possibilities of live entertainment in today’s industry. Explore and expand your creativity as you blend art forms and challenge norms to conceive the most innovative immersive event possible.

  • Learn the art of performing arts curation 
  • Think creatively about space, place and content 
  • Engagement and inclusion in live event curation 
  • Building audience engagement  
  • Working with local authorities 
  • Pitching for live events funding 
  • How to use SketchUp CAD software 


This module will evolve with the ever-changing environment of live streaming and entertainment event technologies. As you investigate the tools available to deliver immersive events, such as virtual reality and interactive technologies, you’ll gain insights from a host of industry specialists – including those working for both major broadcast platforms and grassroot music venues. You’ll cover the different components, technologies and platforms available, plus paywalls and the financial implications of your chosen methods. Armed with a greater understanding of the infinite potential of these technologies, you’ll also map out the future of the sector.

  • Live streaming tools and platforms 
  • Entertainment technologies 
  • Immersive events 
  • Interactive technology use in live streaming 
  • Virtual reality for events 
  • Live streaming paywall options 
  • The future of live streaming 


Covering the essentials of live industry finance, in this module you’ll learn how to identify and bid for money to ensure both you and/or your business are financially sustainable throughout your professional live events career. You’ll become fluent in financial processes, including tax, PAYE, liquidity, cash flow and more. Looking at governance structures, you’ll determine the advantages of various entities across both the profit and non-profit sectors. Importantly, you’ll discover how to plan, develop and submit a funding application to an arts body. If successful, this submission may provide funding for your ambitious and exciting final-year Live Project.

  • Financial planning techniques 
  • Project gross and net profit and loss  
  • Financial sustainability for live events 
  • Arts fundraising avenues 
  • Submitting funding applications  
  • How to apply to bodies like national arts councils 
  • Governance structures 


Live events are firmly at the heart of the UK music industry, bringing joy to millions each year. In this exciting and highly practical module, you’ll be in the driving seat as you explore the key principles of live events management and apply them to design and open an event for the general public along with your classmates. In the process, you’ll address live event topics including health and safety, legislation and regulations, facilities management, personnel management, project management, risk assessment and more. Collaborating in groups, with students responsible for key live event components covering curating, ticketing, marketing, promoting and staffing, you’ll push your branding, concepting, technological and technical ideas to the limit.

  • Core principals of live events management 
  • Marketing, promotion and branding of live events 
  • Booking contracts 
  • New income streams, including live streaming and crowdfunding 
  • Budgeting, planning and staffing events 
  • Event project structure 
  • Live event evaluation and review 


In this module, you’ll explore the tools needed to successfully market your own events. You’ll examine audience patterns and attendance as you evaluate case studies and analyse industry data. You’ll discuss tactics to grow and retain your customer base, like the motivation and beliefs of audiences. When investigating factors that impact audience attendance, you’ll look at different promotion and engagement methodologies, contemplating how individuals and organisations can best use the tools available to them. Interaction with ICMP’s music industry marketing partners is especially encouraged in this module, so you’ll learn the promotional practices of ticketing agencies, in-house marketing teams and events marketing agencies first hand.

  • Event marketing roles and responsibilities 
  • Marketing your event to an audience 
  • Analysing audience patterns and attendance 
  • How to grow and retain your customer base 
  • Live event marketing and promotional tools 
  • Interact with experienced marketing practitioners 

Your final year will see you exceling as a live event management professional, focusing on those areas of the industry you find particularly interesting. By now you know how the industry works, you have skills in logistics, arts curation and economics, and you can successfully run your own event. You’ll have one final chance to put your ideas into practice with the ambitious collaborative Live Project double module. An amazing opportunity to showcase your future career, you’ll graduate ready to thrive in whichever area of the live event industry you choose.


In this module, you’ll explore the steps involved in launching your own professional brand. You’ll discover what it means to be an entrepreneur in the live sector as you learn how to set up and run your own business or non-profit organisation. Across your studies, you’ll become proficient at identifying opportunities, managing projects, building teams and being an effective leader – all vital skills for your final-year Live Project. You’ll examine a range of project management frameworks as you determine ways you could use them effectively across your career. You’ll also put an assortment of transferable soft skills, such as problem solving and lateral thinking, into practice within a real-world working environment.

  • Live events business development skills 
  • Identifying new business opportunities 
  • Brand development 
  • Portfolio career entrepreneurship 
  • Charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) 
  • Social investment funding 
  • Managing non-profit brands 
  • Profit vs subsidy-reliant models 


Put into practice everything you’ve learned in this engaging and exciting module. Collaborating in groups with your fellow students, but with large amounts of independent responsibility, you’ll work to create an exceptional fully funded and artistically curated live project. In deciding on your event, you could choose to team up with our industry partners or set up a new entity especially for the project. The event must adhere to all legal requirements and have its own creative engagement programme. You’ll be expected to take complete ownership of your portion of the project, and you’ll be assessed on your contribution to the event and critical reflection of the process.

  • Launch your own fully funded live event 
  • Artistic curation and creative engagement 
  • Group collaboration 
  • Liaising with course partners 
  • How to report back to funding bodies 
  • Delegate team specialists across each live events area 
  • In association with Music Venue Trust and other industry partners 


In this module, you’ll consolidate your understanding of the concepts of contract law and intellectual property law and their application in the music and entertainment industries. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of copyright and intellectual property (IP) rights, as well as the challenges around areas including artistic works, image rights, data protection, moral rights, advertising, music sampling and restraint of trade. Your improved understanding will help you negotiate more favourable music recording, publishing and artist management agreements, and better-quality contracts for sponsorships, endorsements, merchandising, multiple rights, and film and television sync deals.

  • The fundamentals of music and entertainment law 
  • Contract law 
  • Music copyright 
  • Live performance rights 
  • Negotiating live engagement contracts 
  • Securing sponsorship and endorsement deals 
  • Exploring evolving business models 

Managing Brands

While you’ll already have studied the concept of ‘branding’ in Principles of Entrepreneurship and Marketing in Year 1, this module delves more deeply into this key marketing activity. You’ll explore the processes and tools of brand development and will be introduced to topics such as brand equity, brand-building models, brand naming, brand identity, brand architecture, brand positioning, brand launches, celebrity brands and brand growth. You’ll discover the ways brands exert influence on their consumers and the many benefits of building a strong, desirable and aspirational brand.

  • How to build a brand 
  • The power of brand equity 
  • How to position your brand 
  • Ways to launch your brand 
  • Brand architecture, brand portfolios and sub-brands 
  • How to grow your brand 


This module introduces you to advanced practices in digital marketing. With the help of specialist digital marketing professionals, you’ll explore the key concepts and techniques used in digital marketing, learning how to enhance your digital marketing effectiveness. Building on previous marketing concepts delivered across the programme, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of content development and marketing strategies across online advertising, social media, pay per click (PPC) advertising, search engine optimisation (SEO) and more. You’ll finish the module having gained the skills necessary to deliver and manage digital content, allowing you to conduct high-quality digital marketing campaigns using a variety of tried and tested advertising tactics.

  • Advanced content development techniques 
  • Delivering and managing content 
  • Cutting-edge marketing strategies 
  • Social media marketing 
  • Analysing digital marketing effectiveness  
  • Tactics for improving campaign results 


You’ll be taught at our campus in Kilburn, using classrooms, lecture rooms, tech suites and in-house music venue. While you're a student at ICMP, you'll have access to these facilities outside of class time to study and, if you're also a musician, you're welcome to rehearse and record your music here, too.

You’ll have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding and more. You’ll also have access to our Professional Development team, ‘The Hub’, who provide you with bespoke music industry careers advice and access to unique industry opportunities. 


On the BA (Hons) Live Event Management programme, you’ll be taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small tutorial groups, workshops, hands-on technology laboratory tutorials, group work and student-led classes/presentations.

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you'll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, and preparing coursework assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including our Learning Resource Centre, many performance and practice rooms, and well-equipped tech suites.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, and workshops for typically 9-10 hours a week, you’ll also have personalised one-to-one tutorials scheduled throughout the year.

You'll undertake more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but can typically expect 9-10 hours of timetabled classes per week in your second year and 6-8 hours of timetabled classes per week in your third year.


Assessment activities will include, but are not be limited to, student presentations, portfolios, individual and group projects, case studies, written examination papers, aural examinations, coursework, group problem solving, reflective journals, self and peer assessments.  


Applicants will typically have A levels, a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, an International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English and Maths, or suitable equivalent such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification – please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2.

All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

This programme is also available as a one-year CertHE course.

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Please apply via the ‘APPLY NOW’ link below. 

At any time during the application process, if you need help or further advice just contact our Admissions team who will be happy to assist you.

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Jamie JohnstonEvent Management

Starting in the Music Business working in live venue like the Roadmender and Soundhaus in Northampton. Jamie soon progressed into Tour Management with the likes of The Cooper Temple Clause among others and Stage Management at Festivals notably the Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds. Since 1999 Artist Management has been his primary focus after signing Medium 21 to Island Records and Chrysalis Music Publishing. He has spent the last 18 years working with major and independent companies such as Universal, EMI, BMG, Mute, Bella Union, Kobalt, PIAS, Erased Tapes, One Little Indian and more besides.

Lenny WatsonEvent Management

Lenny Watson is a community organiser in the South London music scene, and has been working for the last seven years to create radical change within grassroots venues and cultural spaces. She teaches on our BA (Hons) Live Event Management programme. She founded Sister Midnight, a grassroots venue and record shop that helped support the growth of many of South London's iconic...
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Sam JonesEvent Management

Music Business Teaching Fellow Sam Jones has a huge amount of industry experience as an event producer, producer and music educator. Over the years, Sam’s musical adventures have taken him through sub-Saharan Africa producing music for specialist records labels. As a producer, his achievements include winning the Songlines award for best record from Africa and Middle East 2021, and the Guardian's Album of the Month. His work has seen him employed as lead Production Manager for all high profile events with the London Boroughs of Culture. His achievements include producing the ‘London is Open’ inspired Africa Express show, managing a budget of more than £350,000.

Hattie Upton-Dance Event Management

Hattie is an accomplished musician with first-hand experience in navigating the music industry. She currently co-manages her own band Carpark which launched in 2021, and has since helped them to achieve multiple Radio 1 plays, Spotify editorial playlists including New Music Friday UK, a brand partnership with Underground England and slots headlining festivals.
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