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About the course

Would you like to understand contracts, manage artists, plan tours and create your own music companies – to become the future of the music business? Maybe you are an artist yourself, who would like to know more about making money from your music. If so, this course is for you.

100% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)

Through a combination of practical and written assignments, you'll develop a strong understanding of music industry culture and business, and develop your critical thinking, research and entrepreneurial abilities. You’ll also gain essential knowledge and skills in artist management, music business strategy, music law, copyright, finance, live events and business start-ups, and have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through a range of real-world projects. 

We have excellent links with the music industry, being an educational associate of the Music Managers Forum and a member of UK Music’s Academic Partnership.

We welcome guest speakers throughout the year,  with recent speakers including Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival), Joel De’Ath (Sony Music), Marcus Russell (manager, Oasis and Catfish & the Bottlemen), Gillian Fleet (Domino Records), Cerne Canning (manager, Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines), Murray Curnow (Wildlife Management, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood), Silvia Gargiulo and Jenny Aston-Fleming (music industry HR/ employability experts) and Dani Sawyerr (Universal Music Publishing).

Our Music Management students are active in the Southampton live music scene and are involved in planning and organising Solent’s annual music industries conference, SMILEfest.  There are also many opportunities to gain work experience or to help manage events and other opportunities through our in-house music hub, Solent Music, which also promotes music students’ and graduates’ practice-based work.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

The course places a strong emphasis on gaining hands-on work experience. Past students have worked backstage at a range of music festivals and with many other venues, artists and music businesses in Southampton, London and beyond.

What does this course lead to?

With an impressive set of professional skills, you will be well prepared for a wide range of careers within the music, media, arts and creative industries. Our graduates work in a variety of roles including artist management, events management, recording and publishing companies, and music technology firms.

Who is this course for?

Students who aspire to sustainable careers in record labels, artist management, publishing companies, tour management, music marketing or PR will benefit from this degree course. Similarly, we welcome musicians and performers who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the music industry and to further their own careers in the business. Students typically come from a wide range of academic and creative backgrounds, but all share a passion for music and music business.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • 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. 

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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

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

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
  • Pop, Politics and Protest
  • Copyright, Piracy and the Music Industries
  • Fanzines to Facebook
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 2
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

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

Options

  • Festival Cultures
  • Film Music
  • Consuming Music
  • Festival Cultures
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice 
  • Languages
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Chris Anderton academic profile Chris Anderton Course Leader View profile
Martin James academic profile Martin James Senior Lecturer View profile
Johnny Hopkins academic profile Johnny Hopkins Senior Lecturer View profile
James Hannam academic profile James Hannam Lecturer View profile
Louise Morrell academic profile Louise Morrell Lecturer View profile
Christopher Lewis academic profile Christopher Lewis Associate Lecturer View profile
Debra Geddes academic profile Debra Geddes Associate Lecturer View profile
Andy Rossiter academic profile Andy Rossiter Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points. 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.

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.

Your future

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.
  • Solent has provided me with a great support network in which to build my knowledge and confidence before stepping out into real-world industry.

    Jo Howarth, now working for TaP MGMT in London - whose artists include Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding.

Industry links

We have strong links with the national and international music industries, including membership of UK Music’s Academic Partnership and an Educational Associateship with the Music Managers Forum. As a Music Management student you will also benefit from a programme of high-profile guest lecturers. Past speakers include:

  • 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)
  • Amanda Maxwell (Boiler Room)
  • Jon Davies (Shazam)
  • Joel De’Ath (Sony Music)
  • Charley Bezer (Head of PR, Live Nation)
  • Murray Curnow (Wildlife Management - Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood)
  • Dani Sawyerr (Universal Music Publishing).

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 students the opportunity for 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.

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.

Placements

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.

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.

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

Graduate stories

Jo's story

Jo Howarth - Assistant to Senior Artist Manager's - TaP MGMT

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

I support three senior managers, who in turn look after upwards of fifteen artists between them, whilst juggling lots of other spinning plates as managers always are. As you can imagine, my role can be totally different from one day to the next but this is precisely what I love about it. I book a lot of flights, I organise a lot of calendars and I schedule more meetings than I’m inclined to think about! 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love TaP’s varied roster and how varied this can make my job. The company is really tight-knit and we all get stuck in. It’s quite a young entrepreneurial company, we’re growing and moving into new realms and it all feels so exciting – I’m really lucky to have joined the team at such a pivotal time, it feels really special to be a part of it.

How do you feel Solent helped prepare you for this role? 

I came out of sixth form feeling a bit lost. I knew I wanted to work in music but – completely erroneously – thought this wasn’t an option for a girl. I discovered Solent’s course options and it just fit like a glove. I had this little support network in which to build my knowledge and my confidence before stepping out into real-world industry. It really hit home how much being at Solent has done for me when I came to do my final year project. For this I put on a large-scale industry conference to support young women interested in careers in music, something that would have benefitted my younger self enormously and brought my Solent experience full-circle. Solent fully supported and facilitated this ambitious project, and this has been a real focal point in me starting to build a name for myself within the industry.

What advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?

My advice would be to take up every opportunity that comes your way. Do it well, and make yourself a valuable asset. That way when the next opportunity comes up, the people you’ve worked with in the past will think of you, just as they did for me.

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