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BA (Hons) Music Industry Management
- Experience close links to the Music industry.
- The programme is newly revalidated and updated.
- Study closely with and be part of our excellent alumni network.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
Why choose this course?
- The University of Hertfordshire’s BA(Hons) Music Industry Management programme pride ourselves on our Music Industry links through the lecturers, guest speakers and alumni. We engage with Industry through guest speakers in lectures, alumni / current student networking events, Masterclasses and placements (including Universal Music Group and Domino Records).
- Students rated satisfaction with academic support at 86% and satisfactory with resources at 86% in the 2017/18 NSS.
- Our graduates go on to work for a wide range of organisations across the Industry from major labels such as Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment to independent labels such as Hospital Records and Domino Records as well as organisations such as Kobalt, Global Media, Live Nation, AEG, The Orchard, PPL and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as well as setting up their own businesses.
What's the course about?
The recently revalidated and updated BA(Hons) Music Industry Management degree introduces students to a wide range of subjects relevant to today’s music industry. This degree covers business topics such as accounting, law, marketing, strategy, small business and entrepreneurship alongside key industry topics such as the live industry, the changing digital environment, international markets and will look at the different genres that make up what we know as popular music. An exciting aspect of the newly revamped programme offers students the opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest in their second year of study such as song writing, production, live music promotion and A&R. Delivered by a hugely experienced team of lecturers, all of whom have wide-ranging industry experience, the Music Industry Management (MIM) degree course is renowned throughout the UK music industry for helping develop the artist managers, live music professionals , entrepreneurs and record & music publishing executives of the future.
What will I study?
Through lectures, seminars, group work and self-study students investigate the various sectors, roles and functions of the Music Industry. These include record companies, music publishing and the live music sector, looking at how the industry is evolving through the introduction of new technologies. The programme highlights the importance of music too, and alongside their studies of the industry students are immersed in the history of popular music and it’s impact on popular culture and society. The programme ensures that students understand the fundamental principles of business theory and concepts including law, finance and marketing
Debra joined University of Herts as a visiting lecturer in October 2017. An experienced media and communications professional who runs Great Northern PR, her clients include BMG Music, Universal Music Catalogue, Omnibus Press, Red Bull Music House, The BPI, Walt Disney Records and Abbey Road Studios. Debra was previously the Senior Publicity Director at EMI Records where she oversaw strategy for all artist PR and managed a team of ten press officers. A certified member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Debra is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Billy began life in the music industry working for Telstar Records as a compilations manager before moving into A&R where he oversaw a number of platinum-selling acts including Craig David and Mis-Teeq. He went on to set up independent record label 2Point9 – the biggest label in the UK Asian music scene - developing Hounslow-born Jay Sean who had a No 1 in the US Billboard Top 100 with “Down” feat Lil Wayne. As well as working on music projects, Billy is currently also involved in a number of content creation, digital marketing and branding projects.
John has over 25 years of experience working at record labels including Parlophone, EMI, Polydor and Domino where he was employed as General Manager. John is currently running leading indie Ignition Records / Sour Mash Records which releases the Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds albums amongst others.
Jake - My week at a Glance
My Week at a glance
Hi! I’m Jake, I recently completed the final projects of my degree in Music and Sound Design Technology and in this blog, I will give you an overview of a typical week in my third and final year at Herts. My average 3rd year week would usually include 2 days of lectures, one or two shifts at work and the rest of the week spent working on coursework and socialising with friends.
I only had 2 days a week of lectures in my final year which meant I could be very flexible with how I spent my time. I would always attend all my lectures and typically spend another 2 - 3 hours working on coursework on these days during the evenings. The rest of the week I would usually aim to work a similar number of hours, roughly 6, but this varied as I had other commitments. It is not necessary to work 6 hours per day but as I am aiming for a first-class grade, I felt this was enough for me to learn and practice everything I needed too without over working myself.
During my final year I worked at the Forum at UH as a live sound and lighting technician, something I really enjoyed doing as it was the first time working in a job related to my sound engineering course. Usually I would work 2 shifts a week, Wednesday night and Friday evening which worked out at around 12 – 15 hours a week, sometimes it was more and sometimes less. The fact the shifts were in the evening and at night was good as it allowed me to focus on my coursework during the day, but club nights would see me often working till 4am or later which did leave me tired the next day but this was part of the job and it was a great experience overall.
It was very important that I put aside time for myself to relax and socialize with friends and to take time out of all the work I was doing. Me and a friend from my course got into a routine of playing table tennis each night as a way to get some light exercise and to take a break from the coursework. Final year can be stressful sometimes, so it is very important to look after yourself by exercising, eating healthily (and enough!) and spending time with friends or relaxing by yourself
I think being at Uni is about finding the right balance of work and fun that works for you, it is a great way to practise self-discipline and time management and you will learn a lot about yourself.
Thanks for reading,
Jake - Guide to the facilities
As a sound engineering student, you have access to everything you need to prepare you for working in the industry. It is a very practical subject so having the right equipment, software and hardware, is vital for getting the hands-on experience you need. The majority of my work was done in the FMM, Film Music & Media, building which has computer labs with all the latest programs, surround sound ‘satellite’ rooms, an acoustically treated room for film sound, and many other musical spaces and practise rooms. You also have access to the Art and Design buildings where you will find fully kitted out music studios with performing and recording rooms with the latest mixing desks and computers, a foley studio which I used a lot for film, and the loan store. The loan store allows you to borrow equipment such as microphones, musical instruments and other equipment like video cameras and accessories.
Having access to these spaces was vital as part of my learning experience as there is no substitute for hands-on learning but Herts gave me everything, I needed to ensure I am prepared to start work or go onto further education.
I also had some lectures in the Forum where I learned about live sound and acoustics. I had the privilege to work at the Forum which gave me an even more extensive knowledge of live sound setups. The facilities at the Forum are incredible and working with such a high standard of equipment was always exciting. There are 2 music rooms in the Forum, the main auditorium which is a large capacity club room with a full lighting rig and a custom sound setup. There is also the attic which is a smaller venue which hosts Herts Jam which is a student run music event held 3 times a year. The Forum has seen some big artists and bands play there, such as Enter Shikari and even the music video for Ed Sheeran’s Lego House was filmed there.
As well as the specialist spaces, you have everything you would expect as a student like lecture halls and access to the library on campus where you can borrow books and magazines and use computers and printers. You also have access to the online library to check if they have a book and if it is available.
UH exceeded my expectations of professional equipment and facilities and I would highly recommend anyone looking to study music technology or sound engineering to consider Herts. Despite graduating during the Covid-19 outbreak and it being a strange time, I feel prepared for my future, whenever and wherever that may be!
Jake - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
When I attended the open day and had the subject talk, Herts was able to relay a confidence in their teaching abilities and the course itself, that other Universities I visited were not able to do. They really sounded like they knew their stuff, and this was backed up by statistics in student satisfaction and almost 100% of students being in further education or work within 6 months of graduating. The course itself also sounded more suited to me as it was a mix of creative and technical teaching compared to some Universities being much more technical and less practical and creative.
The facilities were impressive, and I could picture myself working in the labs and studios as we were shown around. I had never accessed any sound equipment before I had gone to Uni so seeing these facilities up close was a very motivating experience.
The course lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed being taught there. The staff were very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable in their respective fields of work and I can’t see how it could have been improved.
I also felt that I could imagine myself at Herts much more than the other universes I visited. This may have been due to it being a campus Uni where most of the University is based on one campus. This made it seem like a true community and a busy, bustling place full of young people like me. The campus itself was very appealing due to the modern accommodation facilities and other stylish buildings and spaces. The College Lane campus has a very homely and connected feel due to the Oval building which sits surrounded by accommodation blocks. It therefore gave the impression of being very social which was appealing in itself as I was very excited about meeting many friends during my time there.
Another reason I chose Herts is its proximity to London. I love cities, especially London, and being so close was massively appealing to me. It was only 20 minutes on the train, and I took opportunities to travel there when I could, meeting family and friends and also working in the city centre on some occasions. It also meant traveling home was relatively easy as I could get a direct train to Manchester from London.
Going to a University far from my home was not an issue for me, if anything, it was more appealing as I like to experience living in different areas. It can be daunting moving far from your family, but you will meet so many people very quickly and soon, university will feel like your home.