The practical BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship is the first music business degree in the UK to give equal weighting to the concept of ‘entrepreneurship’, and also the only undergraduate music business course in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.
ICMP's groundbreaking programme promotes enterprise and innovation across all three years, and will see you tackle real-world industry projects, all with the aim of encouraging your natural creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
This music business degree is perfect for those wanting to establish a multi-skilled, entrepreneurial career within the music and wider creative industries, and will provide you with the tools, opportunities and experience to develop your music business career. The emphasis on entrepreneurship means you’ll be encouraged and supported to launch and run your own business, with the ability to pitch your ideas as part of NatWest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator programme.
You’ll learn a wide range of management, business and creative skills in small, personalised learning groups, and will be taught by established music industry executives whose aim is to help you maximise the creative and commercial potential of the artist–business relationship. The encouragement of collaboration at ICMP will see you work in partnership with fellow student musicians from the college’s talent pool, promoting and managing them as creative artists as part of your course content.
You’ll discover every aspect of the music business first-hand through sessions with special music industry guest visitors, and attendance at music conferences as delegates, as well as other industry networking events.
ICMP’s unique and innovative programme has been developed and designed courtesy of a high level of consultation from the music business, with ongoing external feedback provided by global music organisations such as Island Records, Warner/Chappell Music, Live Nation, CAA, PRS for Music, Music Week, BMG Rights, Music Managers Forum, Spotify, Brace Yourself PR and many more.
Chartered Management Institute Accredited Degree
This music business degree course is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
When you graduate, you’ll receive a CMI leadership and management qualification in addition to your Bachelor’s degree. The qualification, which recognises key skills for middle managers, is considered a benchmark on the way to achieving Chartered Manager status.
Your CMI dual accreditation enhances your learning experience and improves your employability in a number of ways. This includes complimentary CMI student membership as you work towards your degree, plus an additional two years post-graduation. Membership provides a range of networking and professional development opportunities, along with access to constantly updated resources.
This course is sponsored by our industry partner:
Our supporting industry partners include:
Alongside generously sponsoring courses, rooms and providing equipment, our industry partners also offer ICMP students access to exclusive discounts, events and opportunities.
Our core aim for this degree is to help you break into the music industry while you’re still an ICMP student. That means that, upon graduation, you’ll be well versed in critically assessing new business opportunities and practices, and you’ll already have managed a variety of different music projects. You’ll be confident at communicating both orally and in writing, and will have developed a toolkit of ICT skills for application in the wider business environment.
You’ll be experienced at working both independently and as part of a team, and will possess the ability to organise, identify problems, exercise initiative, select and implement effective solutions, and meet strict deadlines and targets. In fact, if you’re not already operating a portfolio career in the music industry well before you graduate, we’d be very surprised.
Fees & Funding
Taking a music business degree at ICMP makes financial sense too, 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 are able to 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) Music Business and Entrepreneurship course leads to the award of Bachelor of Arts degree by The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.
- Course Code: BAEM
- Institution Code: i25
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- The only Music Business degree in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Management Institute
- Study entrepreneurship and innovation at each year level through real-world industry projects.
- Learn in a creative and inspiring environment as you collaborate with, manage and promote fellow student artists from ICMP’s rich talent pool.
- Develop your management, business and creative skills to maximise the potential of the artist–business relationship.
- Learn how to be your own boss.
- Make extensive music connections to build an impressive business network.
- Study course content designed with extensive input from top UK music industry individuals and organisations.
- Explore entrepreneurship in London – a global music industry city offering copious opportunities to develop your ideas.
- Attend music conferences and college networking events and connect with music business guests.
- Study in small groups in world-class facilities, with a high number of contact teaching hours.
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