Do you want to manage the latest bands, plan tours across the best venues and festivals, build an audience and oversee the business of music? Southampton Solent’s music management degree will provide you with a thorough understanding of management, finance and copyright law, as well as career building and entrepreneurial skills, all with a strong music industry focus.
- The course has strong industry links which has enabled past students to work at a variety of renowned music festivals and venues, as well as benefit from talks by guest speakers from across the industry.
- Teaching is delivered by an academic team of industry professionals and researchers who have extensive experience across a number of areas in the music industry.
- The curriculum is built around a mix of practical insights and research perspectives into the music and music management industries.
- Music management students have been involved in the organisation and management of Solent’s annual live music and industry conference, SMILEfest.
- Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work on a number of exciting shared projects with students from other music-related courses, reflecting the working practices of the music and media industries.
- Students are encouraged to get involved with our in-house creative agencies, where there are further opportunities to work on live-client briefs.
- Southampton is a vibrant city with a diverse music scene and is a thriving hub for music venues.
The music industry is thriving in the UK, and together with a global music festival culture and growing demand for online content, there are many career opportunities for properly prepared graduates.
This course aims to help students build the skills and knowledge required to begin a career in fields such as music business, artist management, events and tour management, and a variety of roles within record companies, music publishing, music agencies and festivals.
On this industry focused degree students can develop a solid understanding of the issues facing the contemporary recorded and live music industries. Through a combination of theory and practical experience, students will learn about the industry culture and build essential skills in music management, such as artist management, music business strategy, music law, copyright and finance, the mechanics of the live music industries and entrepreneurial techniques to properly prepare them for management roles within the music industry.
Learning is supported by a varied guest speaker programme, and Solent’s strong links with the music, media and entertainment industries has meant that past students have benefitted from a range of guest speakers, including Oasis Manager, Marcus Russell; Vice President of Live Nation UK, Andy Copping; Radio 1 and Bestival’s Rob da Bank; owner of the 25 Hour Convenience Store record label, Wayne Clarke; Franz Ferdinand and Vaccines manager, Cerne Canning; Mute Records’ head of press, Zoe Miller; tour manager, Tre Stead; Radio 1 DJ, Danny Howard; legendary drum & bass DJ, Fabio; and Mark Lawrence, CEO of The Association for Electronic Music.
The course places a strong emphasis on gaining hands-on work experience and past students have enjoyed work experience opportunities at Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Blissfields and Isle of Wight festivals, as well as working with other music businesses, venues and artists.
The University itself is proactive in bringing music to a wider audience and in previous years, music management students have been involved in Solent University’s annual city-wide music festival, SMILEfest, working in a variety of roles planning, supporting, contributing and promoting the event and the performers. The festival has seen guest such as music managers Cerne Canning (Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines), Colin Lester (Craig David) and Marcus Russell (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds); alongside guests from all areas of the music industry.
Students are also encouraged to work with the University’s in-house organisation Solent Music, which manages work experience and promotes our music students’ practical work. In addition, students can work with Solent Productions and Solent Creatives, providing further opportunities to work with businesses on real-life projects and live briefs aimed at gaining valuable work experience and building a professional network.
Think a career in music management is for you? Learn about the industry and build the essential management skills from an expert academic team on Solent’s music management degree to set you on the right path to beginning your career in this exciting industry.