A career in music management is challenging, and requires you to have a specific and diverse set of skills. You’ll be working to manage the careers of bands, singers and instrumentalists. First and foremost, you must love music. Your passion for the art will be the foundation upon which you build your future success. Yet, love of music is not all that you will need. A general understanding of business and management will be important, and a specific understanding of the music industry and environment will be a must. You’ll be a manager, and a businessperson. You’ll be an expert at sales and marketing. In addition to all this, you’ll be able to deftly navigate legal issues that often come up within the industry and become a master communicator. In other words, you’ll wear a lot of hats, and you’ll need a lot of skills. All the more reason you need to find the best possible music management program for you.
What kind of classes will I take?
Expect to take some general education courses, as part of your bachelor degree. In addition to this, your music management classes will be very diverse. Likely you’ll take a class in music theory. Then you will take all sorts of specialized business courses, such as music management, music marketing, tax classes relating specifically to the industry as well as business models for music careers. Additionally, expect to take some courses that cover the law as it relates to the music industry. Finally, you’ll likely take some classes specifically on the business aspects of recording and managing concerts and venues.
Where can I find a music management program?
Many public universities and private colleges offer music management programs. Our best recommendation is to research the schools that offer these programs, to see if they will fit your specific needs. The schools with the best programs have robust school radio stations and possibly even small concert venues where you can practice what you are learning. You’ll also want to see how successful the program is. The best way to do that is to ask the school what percentage of graduates of the program have moved on to work in the industry.
How do I choose my school?
If you have done your research as indicated above, you probably already have a list of favorite choices. The next step is to consider some of the things that a student of any degree program would consider. Location may be important to you. It may be a good idea to choose a school in a location that is near some music venues, or recording studios. You may be able to apply for part time jobs or internships that will help you gain experience while you are in school and give you an opportunity to apply what you are learning. The cost of attendance and possible scholarship and grant opportunities are important.
Finally, after you have narrowed your choice down to a few schools, be sure to visit the school and take a tour. The college visit can be one of the most important parts of the process. It can often be the deciding factor.