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BA (Hons) Music Management

From management to marketing, help shape the future of music

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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 industry 

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.  

The programme

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.

Next steps

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.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W375

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

  Which Creative University Award 2014
 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Understanding the Music Industries
  • Popular Music in Context
  • Music Media and Public Relations
  • Principles of Music Management
  • Online Music Management
  • Financial Management and Planning

Year two:

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Core units

  • Live Music Industries
  • Music Contracts, Copyright and the Law
  • Creative Music Management
  • Events Management and Marketing
  • Artist and Brand Management

Options

  • Noise Annoys: Experiments and Alternatives in Popular Music
  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Experimental Music Production 
  • Advanced Live Music Production
  • Music and Audio Post Production
  • Popular Music on Film
  • Urban & Electronic Music Genre Studies
  • Pop – The Invisible Mainstream
  • Pop, Politics and Protest
  • Copyright, Piracy and the Music Industries
  • Fanzines to Facebook
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 2
  • Model Your Business MYB2
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:

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Core units

  • Individual Project
  • Collaborative Project
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Freelancing in the Music Industries

Options

  • Festival Cultures
  • Film Music
  • Consuming Music
  • PM: Technology & Production
  • Songwriting Portfolio
  • Experimental Music Production 
  • Advanced Live Music Production
  • Music and Audio Post Production
  • Festival Cultures
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice 
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and project tutorials. Live briefs can be incorporated into coursework, giving you the chance to work for an external client or act entrepreneurially.

Work experience
Southampton has a vibrant live music scene, and you will be encouraged to get involved and seek work experience throughout the course. Independent Southampton venues such as The Joiners, Talking Heads and Engine Rooms  have provided past students with fantastic opportunities to perform, promote, manage and engage with the local industry.

The course team and Solent Music, our in-house work experience and promotional organisation, can also help you benefit from work experiences at summer festivals, and a variety of local and national music and media businesses.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work on SMILE, our annual student-managed music industry conference and festival.

Assessment
You will be assessed on projects, portfolios, presentations and essays. During your final year you will complete an individual project and a large-scale, practice-based collaborative project.

Our facilities

The course uses industry-standard Adobe Systems applications, and access is provided to a wide range of other programs and equipment needed to complete coursework.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme can give you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.
For more information see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme may give you the chance to come to the UK and study units from this course at Solent for between three months and a full academic year. 

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course is taught by a team with extensive real-world industry experience, as well as an impressive academic record in peer-reviewed publications on a range of music business topics, including music festivals, music piracy and music marketing.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W375

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

You will be well prepared for a wide range of roles within the music, media and creative industries. Artist management, recording and publishing, events management, public relations and tour management are all possible outcomes for graduates of this course.

The work experience opportunities available throughout your three years at Solent enable you to create an impressive portfolio and a network of both local and national contacts. This will help to make your transition into professional industry roles as easy as possible.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Music management 
  • Artist management 
  • Artist and repertoire management 
  • Recording and publishing companies 
  • Music agency 
  • Live events management 
  • Tour and events management 
  • Public relations 
  • Brand management 
  • Arts administration and management.

Links with industry

We have strong links with employers in music, media, entertainment and leisure, delivering high-profile guest lectures from some of the biggest names in the music industry, including:

  • Marcus Russell (manager of Oasis and Noel Gallagher)
  • Cerne Canning (manager of The Vaccines and Franz Ferdinand)
  • Colin Lester (manager of Craig David and Arctic Monkeys)
  • Nick Halkes (Incentive Records and Management)
  • Andy Copping (vice president of Live Nation UK) 
  • James McMahon (editor of Kerrang!)
  • Kate Head (PR for Taylor Swift, Tinchy Stryder and many others)
  • Rob Da Bank (Radio 1, Bestival).

Our involvement with the world of music festivals stretches back almost ten years through our work at Glastonbury festival, where we are one of the major broadcast media producers – giving our students a range of professional and practical opportunities to build experience in a range of festival roles.

We currently have an exclusive and unique academic partnership with both Bestival and Camp Bestival, as well as great relationships with a number of other local and national festival and live event promoters.

There are also opportunities to work on artist management and development,, record company style projects, live events, club nights and more through our in-house Solent Music initiative, which has managed over 1,400 work experiences since its launch in 2011.

Transferable skills

You will develop skills in independent, creative and analytical thinking, verbal and written communication, project management, contract analysis, teamwork, and the creation, management and delivery of real-world and entrepreneurial projects.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

You will develop skills in independent, creative and analytical thinking, verbal and written communication, project management, contract analysis, teamwork, and the creation, management and delivery of real-world and entrepreneurial projects.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • UK applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Applicants resident outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone or email.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points. 

Interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W375



 

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