3 years full-time for BA (Hons) Music Business
4 years full-time BA (Hons) Music Business with an integrated foundation year
UCAS course code:
BA (Hons) Music Business: W376
BA (Hons) Music Business with an integrated foundation year: W378
N91 (Nottingham Trent University)
- A-levels – BBC; or
- BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
- 112 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
- GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4.
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English language entry requirements
You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:
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This degree is validated by Nottingham Trent University. You can apply through UCAS.
For tuition fee costs, visit our fees & funding page for more information.
Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.
A budget of £250 would be appropriate for most audio and music software. External storage media to save large amounts of data from audio sessions (£50).
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop, Blackwell’s. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think. There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.
Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.
This degree is delivered at our Confetti London Campus in Whitechapel.
If you’re serious about building a career in the music industry, you need to train in the industry. Where better to do that than in London, one of the world's leading music cities.
At Confetti where you’ll get the best industry connections, real-life work experience and unrivalled facilities. Similar to our sister music and events venue in Nottingham, Metronome, you'll get to access a live event venue where you’ll learn your trade; the perfect space to learn, develop and connect.
You’ll be immersed in the world of music, gaining valuable knowledge and techniques in discovering new talent, setting up your business, marketing and PR, music publishing, intellectual property, the live industry, music recording and distribution.
You’ll be able to put your learning into practice through live projects, including the chance to work with Confetti’s very own record label, Denizen and top businesses from London and Nottingham.
Getting regular insights from leading industry figures is a given; none more so that during our annual Confetti Industry Week where we invite some of the biggest names from industry to deliver talks, masterclasses and performances. You'll have the option to either attend in person or watch online via our live streams.
This course incorporates a wide range of teaching methods including:
- Practical seminars
- Guest speakers
- Portfolio work
- Team-based learning
- Independent study
The project-based learning and group activities form important elements of your learning, developing your ability to work in a team and enhancing your employability.
There are a range of different assessment methods used throughout the course. This includes; practical audio and music work, portfolios, technical report writing and reflective writing. You will also undertake a sustained research project on a topic of your own personal interest within the subject area.
For some modules there will be a choice of submission methods, such as a podcast, article for a website or video asset.
What you'll study in year 1
The music industry is an exciting world of interconnection and opportunities.
In this module you'll explore the fundamentals of the key areas such as recording, publishing, distribution, consumption, live and artist management examined through a historical musical lens, but focussing on their current and emerging state. Who were the movers and shakers who made things happen and why did they happen that way? How can this apply to you at the start of your journey?
Arguably, music's value is worthless unless people know it's out there. In this module, you'll explore the fundamental theory of marketing via a series of case studies through the ages of popular music and see how it's not necessarily the money spent, but the ideas that are the key to success.
The lessons learned will be considered in your Content Creation Practice and Event Management and Production modules as well as your own external endeavours.
A modern entrepreneur is multi-skilled, and this module will give you the important practical skills in graphic design, photography, filming and editing on accessible technology to enable you to create and share marketing content for your creative projects in and out of your degree.
As well as technical skills, you'll develop a more creative approach by supplying content for a media campaign for an artist as a client as part of the module Event Management and Production module.
Behind every successful artist, tour or release is an actual economic structure.
This module will examine the key elements of business theory using existing and historical music business case studies and will open your eyes to key business theories and structures for your future in the industry.
Live music is the lifeblood of the music industry, and you'll be in good hands at Confetti as our team of experts put on events week in, week out!
Regardless of genre, most artists need to perform live. In this module you'll work as part of a team to plan, market and host a live music-related event with one or multiple artists. There'll be a financial element, with all money raised benefiting Confetti's annual chosen charity.
You're at the beginning of your journey. You need to know your strengths and what you need to develop so you can focus your energies on filling those gaps.
This module will empower you to supercharge the fundamental academic and wellbeing skills you need in your studies and personal adventure. You will explore potential job roles of interest and assess current suitability, and what you need to do to improve your chances of success in those fields. You'll also develop an online presence, which you'll work upon over the three years during your time at Confetti to support your professional profile.
What you'll study in year 2
Building on the Year 1 Music Marketing and PR module, you'll delve deeper into the psychology of marketing and examine further techniques and case studies used to influence consumer behaviour.
As part of a team, you'll be assigned an artist as client around the release of a single and be directed to analyse their current branding, carrying out market research and other techniques, resulting in a proposed branding and marketing strategy plan.
Is your plan strong enough? Can you adapt to working with a client and your peers? You'll also start to consider yourself as a brand, whether that's as an artist or as a business practitioner.
One of the most exciting things you can do is find an artist to shape what's to come: those who'll write and perform future classics. Studying at Confetti you'll be surrounded by musicians and producers, so make the most of your time by making life-long connections.
In this module, you'll find and develop an artist or band which will culminate in the release of a single under the guidance of Denizen Records, our own record label. You'll reflect on the appropriate A+R process, and develop the skills and people-network to move a track from discovery to release-standard.
You'll be learning alongside students on a host of creative degrees, enabling collaboration in the recording, production and release of a song for a defined market. You'll have assigned personnel to develop your marketing strategy and assets, but you'll be responsible for quality control.
You'll need to work within the parameters of the label structure and propose and justify a budget, take direction and instruction from label staff and consider options to self-release outside of the structure if the single is ultimately rejected by the label. Can you go from discovery to impact?
The history of popular music has informed where we are and where we might go next.
In this module, you'll be exposed to decades of key recordings, events, artists and the movers and shakers involved in shaping modern popular music as we know it. You'll examine the importance of music and see how it's been influenced by and influences society, politics and the world we live in.
You'll choose your own specific area to explore in more detail, then consider how you could apply what you have learned in your Discovering and Developing Talent project.
There are many income streams in the world of music and it's vital you know and understand them.
During this module you'll learn all about the main sources, covering Performing Rights Organisations, (PROs), neighbouring rights, sync, and other key avenues to make money through a global lens. You'll take your findings and evaluate how you might apply them in your Discovering and Developing Talent module.
The music industry can be a minefield and you need to be able to find your way around the fundamentals of the legal and ethical aspects of protecting yours and others' intellectual property.
In this module you'll explore what the law means to you and your potential avenues of income and will prepare you to spot the icebergs! You'll reflect upon what you learn and apply it to the Discovering and Developing Talent module.
What you'll study in year 3
As a future leader of change, you'll create a dissertation based on your interests and personal study related to emerging opportunities, trends and thinking within the music business, negotiated through consultations with your supervisor.
The module gives you greater autonomy to define your potential career direction, and demonstrate your potential for professional practice as a initiator of change in the world of music.
You'll demonstrate your ability to research, critically analyse, and contextually formulate opinion on emerging industry related topics. You'll test and scrutinise your findings and present them in appropriate ways.
Planning your next steps in your career is vital.
In this module you'll spend time reflecting on how you've developed in terms of skills, knowledge and broader ethics, and plan how you will achieve a sustainable career in the music industry; whether this is as a freelancer, business start-up, or working for a music-related company.
You'll examine funding options, business plans, contact lists and your strategy for the future resulting in a plan that you can use to help you on your way. Your output plan will be pitched to a panel, and the most considered, focused and realistic will win a Confetti Employability Grant to support you in your goals. You will also hone your own branding and develop a web presence to support your professional direction.
This 'Capston Project' is a chance to put your skills and aspirations into practice into a final major project that can define you as a music business graduate and professional.
This output could take the form of a single or album project, a gig or tour, the management and development of an artist, or the creation of a label or music business app: the world is your music oyster!
You'll need to evidence, where appropriate, your team management skills by recruiting relevant team members from your network and recognising the importance of driving a project using people's specialist skill sets.
An industry mentor will be assigned to you. They'll support you throughout the project, culminating in a final presentation and analysis of its success.
As part of our London campus, we're creating a purpose-built multi-discipline events and production space with the versatility built-in to function as a 600-capacity live venue, or a virtual production studio complete with LED volume.
Similar to our Nottingham venue, Metronome, it's here where you'll gain valuable work experience and access world-class facilities.
Each year, Confetti students write, perform, record, mix, master and promote the Confetti Album. Supported by our expert staff, it's a great way to experience doing it for real in the music industry.
It's not just music and events that we deliver at Confetti.
Take a look at some of the inspiring work our degree students from across all our creative subjects create each year.
If you want to do more than just study a qualification, ‘Do It For Real’ at Confetti. This is our commitment to all our students to provide real, creative, hands-on experience in their chosen specialism whilst accessing the best facilities.
As Confetti has its own live events venue, along with several other creative businesses, you'll be presented with countless opportunities to gain real-world experience; whether that be in London or Nottingham. We also have our own record label, Denizen Records, giving students the chance to undertake live projects and paid work opportunities.
Throughout the year, students are able to attend talks and events, and work on projects with visiting industry experts. We have music giants regularly visiting Confetti or dialling in from across the globe to deliver masterclasses and insights.
Each year, a selection of our Music students feature in our Confetti Album, released under our record label - Denizen. Our students write, perform, record, mix, master and promote the album!
We also hold an annual Industry Week, the biggest of its kind in the UK, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.
Past Industry Week guests have included:
- Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
- Kim Hawes – tour manager for Motorhead and Black Sabbath
- Susan Rogers - with Prince and the Jacksons
- Tom Visconti - worked with David Bowie
- Piers Aggett - Rudimental
- Nick Raphael – President of Capitol Records who signed Sam Smith
- Trevor Plunkett - tour manager for George Ezra
- Sylvia Massy - worked with Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince and Rick Rubin
Check out some past talks OnDemand here
Continue your education
Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your undergraduate course. Choose to continue your studies on our postgraduate degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career.
You’ll leave Confetti with a long list of contacts and the skills, knowledge and experience to enter the global music industry. You could see yourself working in artist management, publishing, labels, marketing and PR, or developing your own freelance empire as a DIY start up.
You could be working with/for:
- record labels
- digital aggregators
- artist managers
- tour managers
- marketing & comms departments
- catalogue managers