Want to change the shape of the music industry?
ICMP offers music business courses aligned to industry for entrepreneurs looking to take that next step towards developing a long-term successful career in the music industry.
ICMP has been developing and delivering contemporary music education for over 30 years – longer than any other music college in the UK, and we’re committed to providing a music business-specialist education for our students. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, personalised approach to student engagement, regular one-to-one support, high number of teaching contact hours, and dynamic use of technology in the classroom – initiatives you just won’t find to the same extent at any other modern music school in London or the rest of the UK.
You’ll cover a broad array of music business topics, including entrepreneurship, artist management, recording, the live industry, digital media, publishing, artist development, label management, music law, and event management. You'll also learn the core business skills required to run your own enterprise, including business development, finance, accounts, business ratios and profit/loss. This is further enhanced by the addition of creative marketing skills such as filmmaking, editing using Final Cut Pro and creative content marketing.
Your assessments will be largely practical and DIY, where you’ll work in small groups to organise real events with real funding and run them like a business, and will create, launch and monetise your own business or product, with an opportunity to pitch to RBS’s E-Spark programme or ICMP for funding support. From the start of your second semester, you’ll be allocated your own business mentor from ICMP’s impressive teaching faculty who you’ll meet each week on a one-to-one basis and will guide you along the way.
Our industry-focused approach to our music business degree course means we really get to understand you and your ambitions as an entrepreneur or future industry executive. We’ll provide you with a learning experience that’s unique to you, and will work alongside you to promote your natural talent and explore your future career goals, providing opportunities for internships, new business start-ups, networking and artist development.
We understand that each of our students will have different career motivations and your vision of ‘success’ will be individual, so we encourage you to follow your own distinct path. At ICMP, your future is in your hands, and you’ll graduate feeling inspired and encouraged, with the tools, self-confidence, networking connections and head start you need to drive your career as a music business entrepreneur or executive forward.
Taking a music business degree course at ICMP makes financial sense too, with the fees for ICMP music degrees significantly less than those at many traditional universities, and, also much lower than other UK music education providers - making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun.
So why not immerse yourself in the music business at ICMP London? It’s the ultimate space to learn, question and discover your place in the music industry.
ICMP Music Business courses
Those wishing to study a three-year Music Business degree programme can choose the BA (Hons) Music Business degree course.
ICMP Music Business studies
As a music business course student at ICMP, you’ll learn an extensive range of core business principles, and will develop specific skills pertinent to the music and wider creative industries.
You’ll become part of the ICMP music business community and will be challenged to build your skills in marketing and promotion, negotiations and contract law, management, financial planning, project management, and strategic and new business development.
Music Business at Tileyard Studios
ICMP has an exclusive industry partnership with Tileyard Studios. This means that all ICMP music college students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of industry-related development opportunities – plus, degree and postgraduate students undertake part of their music industry education in the Tileyard Studios music business environment. This complex in Central London is home to the UK’s largest professional music community, and is made up of over 70 music studios and 100 office spaces, representing endless opportunities to network with like-minded creative people who have set up office in its precincts, including artists such as Mark Ronson, Tinchy Stryder, The Prodigy and John Newman, as well as companies including Notting Hill Music, Spitfire Audio and Marathon Artists.
ICMP industry tutors
ICMP’s highly esteemed music business course teaching faculty is made up of accomplished academics, qualified teachers and experienced business and industry practitioners with proven, current and highly successful track records in all sectors of the industry.
They’ve shaped the face of the music business and are ready to provide generous amounts of their time to help inspire and energise you. They’re highly focused on what works now in today’s music industry, and keen to pass their knowledge of the ever-changing music business landscape onto you. Above all, they’ll work hard to build and sustain a creative and entrepreneurial community which will identify emerging talent and, ultimately, support you and your classmates as the next generation of skilled and professional music business entrepreneurs.
ICMP’s International Reach
ICMP is the most international place to receive a music industry education in the UK. You’ll study and connect with students from all around the world. This global culture of diversity and hub of varied musical styles forms a truly unique musical tribe, making for stimulating learning experiences, thought-provoking classroom discussions and remarkable worldwide networking opportunities.
On top of this, ICMP has a genuinely international outlook as a music education provider, partnering with a range of prestigious, global academic institutes including the Vienna Music Institute, ATLA in Paris, University of Southern California, the Los Angeles College of Music, the London School of Fashion, Rockacademie in the Netherlands, and our London industry partnership, Tileyard Studios.