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Music Industries Management
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Music Industries Management

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course will prepare you to enter the thriving music industry, part of the growing UK creative economy that now employs nearly two million people nationwide.

You might be a musician looking to complement your creativity and boost your employment prospects by developing a deep-rooted knowledge of different facets of the industry, or you could be an entrepreneur with ambitions to transfer your business acumen to the worlds of music and entertainment. More simply, you may just love music and want to explore ways of turning your passion into a rewarding career.

You will learn about key areas of the music industry, including marketing, developing online content, managing live music events, copyright and HR. Taught by academic staff with a wealth of industry experience, you will get involved in real-world projects and network with experts and creative professionals at guest lectures and music events around the city and beyond.

As a student in the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other undergraduates who share your passion for music. You could be working on projects with musicians from our BA (Hons) Music Performance & Production course, helping them find the best creative outlets for their talents, or you could be working alongside students from courses around the University, including BA (Hons) Entertainment Management, in the planning of music events. You will also have the opportunity to work with professional artists through our Artist in Residence scheme. Folk-rock singer Tom Williams was Artist in Residence in 2016 and our students were able to help him perform, arrange and record his album.

You will be able to take advantage of the University's extensive links with the music industry. We are part of the Music Academic Partnership, a groundbreaking collaboration between a select group of educational institutions and UK Music whose aim is to prepare students for successful careers in the music industry. The partnership will give you access to careers advice and work experience opportunities with a variety of organisations, including Live Nation, the Association of Independent Music and PRS for Music.

Expert staff will also be on hand to support you throughout your studies and their experience will feed into your learning. The course team includes Sam Nicholls, former member of !Forward, Russia! and founder of Dance to the Radio record label which released records from Leeds acts The Pigeon Detectives, The Sunshine Underground and Pulled Apart by Horses. It also includes Justin Morey who has conducted research into sampling as a creative practice and the effect of copyright management in this area, and Vivienne Gaskin, whose specialist interest in performance art saw her run Vivienne Gaskin Cultural Management Ltd., a contemporary artist agency and consultancy, for five years.

Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence programme gives our students an opportunity to work with professional artists and gives them a taste of what is it like to work on a professional music project. So far we have welcomed artists Chris T-T, Ian Prowse, I Monster, Tom Williams and Utah Saints.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Kane Towning

Careers

Teaching and learning

Explore the diverse music industries and the issues that are faced by organisations within them. You will also learn classic business and management disciplines, including marketing, human resource management and business strategy. You will graduate with employability skills sought after in the industry, alongside the specialist knowledge you will gain by choosing option modules that suit your interests and career aspirations. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study - the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
The first year of the course is designed to build your knowledge of the music industries and the key issues, trends and developments facing it. You will study six core modules that will give you the essential knowledge to succeed during the rest of the course. You will also enhance your employability by undertaking a placement in a music industry environment.
Overall workload
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270 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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850 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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80 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
28%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
72%
Core Modules

Examine how the music industries are structured, how they operate and details of the skills and experience needed to have a career in this area.

Gain a detailed understanding of the marketing techniques used by a range of music and entertainment industry organisations, and explore how they manage their relationships with customers and the world at large.

Analyse the way music created, distributed, accessed and interacted with, to explore how digital content and the online environment can be used to give added value to musical works.

An introduction to the management structures and key roles and relationships within the music industry, you will explore the changing role of the artist's manager by examining specific case studies covering management roles within the music industry and the visual arts.

Study contemporary musical genres, histories, technologies and associated music subcultures to deepen your understanding of the political, economic, sociological, technological, ethical and legal factors that have had an impact on the evolution of the music industries.

Develop skills essential in the workplace, including leadership, problem solving, teamworking and written communication skills. You will also enhance your practical skills by undertaking a work placement in the music industry (at least 80 hours).

Develop the skills you gained during your first year as you advance your people management skills and critique the people management practices of others. You will undertake a placement and take part in practical projects, including planning and running your own event, while enhancing your research skills in preparation for your final year. You will study five core modules and choose one option module.
Overall workload
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366 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1154 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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80 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
83%
Core Modules

Effectively managing staff is vital to achieving success in the music and entertainment industries. This module will relate human resources theory and best practice regarding the recruitment and management of people in a diverse range of organisations and sectors, giving you the knowledge and skills to manage well.

Gain an understanding of the role and options available to music performers and music rights holders across different areas of the music industries, in order to gain income from their work.

Learn about the roles, skills and procedures required in the planning, promotion and production of live events. You will develop your understanding of the principles of originating and curating a live event, audience targeting, health and safety, budgeting, marketing research and contemporary marketing promotions.

Explore the relationship that music and society have had over the past century. You will look at a variety of social and political issues against a backdrop of music development, artist creativity and the rise of popular music genres.

A year long module, in your first semester you will undertake an 80-hour placement and use your work experience to design a research proposal. In semester two, you will complete a reflective and analytical report based on your experiences.

Option modules may include:

An introduction to a range of social and cultural theory related to mass media, you will examine different explanations of media in contemporary societies from the emergence of mass media to information communication technologies and social media.

Develop practical experience working with various music technologies in the areas of live sound reproduction, computer music production and field recording and editing.

Investigate the relationship between music and the moving image by designing and producing a music video.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Plan for your career after graduation by specialising in an area of interest to you. You will choose the topic for you major independent project, allowing you to explore a subject in depth to produce a dissertation, documentary film or curated live event. Two option modules will allow you to tailor your studies further. The conclusion of your course, the major independent project and professional practice modules will give you the opportunity yo demonstrate your abilities as a music industry manager.
Overall workload
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196 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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964 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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40 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
10%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
6%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
84%
Core Modules

Undertake a major project in a subject area of interest to you. Your project will involve substantive research and could take the form of a written dissertation, film documentary with accompanying written narrative or a curated event with detailed event plan.

Build on your understanding of the functionality of the music industries and develop an ability to identify and analyse new business models, technological development and new revenue streams related to these.

Work with an external client as a consultant in order to help them address a problem or issue. You will need to act strategically and apply the theory you have learned to solve this real-life industry problem.

Option modules may include:

Build your knowledge of the contextual, political and economic issues affecting the arts and music festivals, helping you realise the broader context in which you will operate as a manager and the practical considerations of working in this area.

Study the theoretical context, political and social history, and contemporary issues surrounding the creative and cultural industries. This will be set against a backdrop of socio-political issues, economics, government agendas and ever-shifting cultural policy.

A practical module, you will learn basic radio techniques, developing skills in recording and broadcasting audio and gaining an understanding of writing and programme content creation for radio.

Identify the technical, social and cultural factors that influence the production and consumption of contemporary music. You will explore a range of key theoretical frameworks and draw upon these to establish the context within which musical works, or genres, are situated.

Explore the historical context of community music and investigate the application of music across the broad spectrum of community arts. You will develop the skills necessary to plan, monitor and evaluate community music activities and be encouraged to contribute to a real-life community project.

Sam Nicholls
Sam Nicholls
Senior Lecturer
Before joining the University in 2012, Sam worked in the music industry for more than 10 years as a live music promoter, record label director and A&R manager, musician, songwriter and producer. As well as delivering a number of industry-based modules and conducting research at Leeds Beckett, he is involved in developing partnerships with local and national bodies to improve graduate access to music industry roles.
“Our music department is full of staff with great contacts and experience, who support our students as they explore their music and audio interests. The amount of activity we are involved in across the city running gigs, working in studios and more allows lots of opportunities for our students to get involved and practise their skills.”
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Live sound resources
    Live sound resources

    As well as attending live events, we'll provide you with the space and facilities to host your own. We have close links with our Students' Union and you could be planning an event in their 1,100 capacity The Stage and 350 capacity Stage 2 music venues as part of your course.

  • Music studios
    Music studios

    You will be able to gain an understanding of the studio environment by working alongside our music students in our state-of-the-art studios.

  • Editing, design and creative software
    Editing, design and creative software

    You will have access to our classroom ‘labs’ which have the latest audio and video editing software as well as design and creative media programs as used on our Creative Media Technologies courses.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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