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.

About the course

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.

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 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

Visiting Lecturers 

Debra Geddes 

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 Grant

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 Leahy

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.

Professional Accreditations

Member of the UK Music Academic Partnership (MAP)

Careers

Marketing, Digital Distribution, Artist Management, A&R, A&R administration, Music Industry Research, Business Affairs, Copyright, TV and film synchronisation, PR, Live Music Production.

What job can I get?

Our graduates work in many areas of the industry, including Marketing, Digital Distribution, Artist Management, A&R, Research, Business Affairs, Copyright, TV and Film Synchronisation, PR and Live Music Production.