The highly practical Cert HE Music Business and Entrepreneurship is the first music business degree in the UK to give equal weighting to the concept of ‘entrepreneurship’. This groundbreaking programme promotes enterprise and innovation across all three years, and will see you work on real-world industry projects, all with the aim of encouraging your natural creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

The BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship course 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 you need to develop and launch your music business career. 

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 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, attendance at music conferences as delegates, and via 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, PRS for Music, Music Week, BMG Rights, Music Managers Forum, Spotify, Brace Yourself PR and many more.

Upon completion, you’ll have learnt to critically assess new business opportunities and practices, will have gained the ability to undertake and manage a variety of different music projects, will 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.

Apply to study at ICMP via UCAS

UK Students - Apply via UCAS

If you’d like to study with us next year, then you’ll need to start thinking about submitting your UCAS application. The deadline for degree applications is 6pm, Wednesday 15th January 2021. UCAS codes for this programme are:  Course Code: CEMB  | Institution Code: i25
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Fees & Funding

Taking a Music Business course 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.

2020/21 Course Fees: £9,250 (UK & EU Students) | £11,700 (Non-EU Students)

2021/22 Course Fees: £9,250 (UK & EU Students) | £13,000 (Non-EU Students)

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to Student Loans. UK and EU students eligible for Loans are able to borrow the full course fee for ICMP programmes, 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 Cert HE Music Business and Entrepreneurship at ICMP leads to the award of a Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London.



Key facts

  • Promotes entrepreneurship and innovation at each year level through work on real-world industry projects, collaborating with and promoting fellow student artists from ICMP’s rich talent pool.
  • Develops your management, business and creative skills to maximise the potential of the artist–business relationship.
  • Extensive music industry connections enables you to build an impressive music business network.
  • Course structure and content designed with high level of input from the UK’s top music industry businesses.
  • The London location provides opportunities to develop your business ideas at the heart of the global music industry.
  • Attendance at music conferences and networking events, plus unrivalled access to special music industry guest visitors.
  • A high level of contact teaching hours delivered in small groups in world-class facilities.
  • A creative and inspiring learning environment.
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During the year, you’ll be introduced to the full range of topics concerning music business and entrepreneurship, and will develop a solid base from which to build your future learning. You’ll gain a good grasp of the music industry landscape and structure, while also studying its historical context. Music marketing and promotional strategies will be explored from an entrepreneurial viewpoint, and you’ll learn about the live music industry by creating an international tour book for an artist. You’ll complete your first year with a strong understanding of what it takes to manage a creative individual, both personally and professionally.


This module introduces you to the principles of entrepreneurship and marketing, and how these can be effectively implemented, specifically in the context of the music industry. You’ll learn about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurship and barriers to enterprise, as well as techniques for recognising new business opportunities and how they could be translated into successful ventures through feasibility analysis and customer-driven marketing strategies. You’ll develop a basic business plan and marketing strategy for a music business project, and will explore the concept of the artist as a brand, considering key areas such as brand partnerships, and commerce versus credibility in music.


This module will introduce you to the framework and functions of the modern music industry, exploring its three main sectors: recorded music, live music and publishing. You’ll examine current industry models, processes and practices to show how creatives and businesses interact, and will explore the inter-relationships between each area of the industry. You’ll learn about music copyright and the roles played by collection societies, professional membership organisations and trade bodies, and will cover the function of artist management, the A&R process, music marketing and promotion, sales and distribution, music rights and royalties, and a brief introduction to the various revenue streams.


To be a successful musician, you need to have a clear understanding of the business, legal and economic roles and relationships which underpin the live music industry. In this module, you’ll explore how live music tours are planned, budgeted and run, and will cover the key elements of tour planning such as artist contracts, riders, payment structures, technical requirements, hospitality and catering. You’ll gain first-hand experience of tour management by creating a tour book for an artist, mapping out a tour route and addressing issues arising from international touring, such as obtaining work permits and dealing with the withholding of tax.


In this module, you’ll research the key social, cultural and economic factors in the formation and evolution of the modern music business. Following the chronology of popular music from the post 1945 era up to the present day, significant genres and movements which served to map the story of popular music will be explored in an academic context. These include Tin Pan Alley and the foundations of early rock ‘n’ roll, through to The Beatles and the ‘British Invasion’ of the ‘60s, right up to glam rock, disco and punk in the ‘70s, and today’s hip-hop, rap, EDM, indie and grime.


This module examines the digital revolution which has occurred in music, its key technologies and practices, and its impact on performers, consumers and the global music industry as a whole. Through a series of case studies, you’ll explore key issues relevant to the evolution of the music industry landscape, such as the decline of the traditional record label model and the future of the recording industry; label services; new business models such as direct-to-fan, crowdfunding, access over ownership and streaming; the impact of digital on ticketing; synch, film, TV and gaming; and the future of music publishing.


Through this highly practical module, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the concepts of music marketing, promotion and digital distribution. Working on your own real-world project, you’ll learn how to develop a fully effective, low-budget plan for a successful product launch campaign and will be able to deploy integrated promotional strategies based on detailed market analysis and research, effective marketing techniques, and engaging branding and communication methods. Some areas covered include DIY strategies, social media, viral marketing, press and PR, blogging, online presence building, digital platforms, streaming playlists, creating low-budget music videos, merchandise and the role of advertising agencies.

Managing Creativity

This groundbreaking module provides you with a multifaceted understanding of the personal and professional elements needed to successfully manage a creative individual. You’ll explore the discovery, assessment and development of musical talent, as well as the ever-evolving legal, commercial and practical mechanics of artist management. You’ll discuss the critical marriage of ‘music’ and ‘business’ and the tension that exists between managing the creative process and meeting commercial requirements and business targets. The new and diverse needs and challenges of creative individuals are covered, particularly highlighting industry mental health issues, and you’ll discover the important work of the Music Managers Forum (MMF).


You will be taught at our bespoke campus in Kilburn, utilising our classrooms and lecture rooms. You will also have access to our music facilities, including our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities, outside of timetabled hours, while you are a student at ICMP.

You will be taught through a  variety of lectures, small tutorial groups, workshops, group work and student-led classes/presentations.

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

Teaching and Learning

On the BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship programme you will 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, our many performance and practice rooms, and well-equipped tech suites.

Throughout the duration of your course your time will be split as follows:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment hours per year
Year 1: 288 hrs | Year 2: 264 hrs | Year 3: 240 hrs

Self-study hours per year
Year 1: 912 hrs | Year 2: 936 hrs | Year 3: 960 hrs


Assessment activities will include, but 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.

The assessment breakdown of this programme is:

Year 1: 5% Written | 95% Coursework
Year 2: 12% Written | 88% Coursework
Year 3:12% Written | 88% Coursework


Applicants will typically have A Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 48 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.

UCAS code CEMBUni code i25


 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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Ken ForemanMusic Business

Ken has made records for labels including Elektra Entertainments, East/West Warners, Chrysalis, Sony, Palm Pictures, RTI/S4, Toshiba/EMI, and Almo. There followed a number of years, managed by Pan-American Ad agency, Amber Music Ltd, composing music for commercials. His compositions featured in many US and European campaigns, including Adidas, Bass, Vauxhall, Tennants, Benetton, Foxes, Titleist, Bell Atlantic, and 7 Up.

Stephen MixMusic Business

Stephen Mix’s early career was in business start-ups. He obtained an MBA at Imperial College before joining Hamilton Bradshaw, James Caan’s investment firm, in 2009 as an Investment Manager. Today, Stephen manages a number of high performing staffing businesses including Exsurgo, DRC Locums, and HB Retinue. He provides strong business expertise from marketing and strategy to financial and operation control. He is also very involved in identifying senior talent and investment opportunities for his portfolio companies.
Stephen Mix | Music Business Tutor | ICMP London

Korda MarshallMusic Business

During his time at Warner, Korda became Managing Director of the company’s Atlantic Records label, where he signed The Darkness and James Blunt among others, before taking over at Warner Music in 2004 and overseeing the careers of Madonna, Green Day, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and signing artists including Gnarls Barkley, The Foals, The Enemy, Pendulum, and Seasick Steve.
Korda Marshall | Music Business Tutor | ICMP London

Nigel Dewar GibbMusic Business

Nigel is a commercial lawyer with intellectual property (IP) expertise, specialising in media, entertainment, and technology. He has worked for major record companies including London Records and Virgin as well as for their affiliated music publishing companies. He also worked for Picture Music International, a division of EMI Records and was involved in TV and video production.
Nigel Dewar Gibb | Music Business Tutor | ICMP London