BA (Hons) Music (Business)

Study BA (Hons) Music (Business) at Leeds College of Music

Know your way into the music industry! Get the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Code: 4R5T - Apply through UCAS - Institution Code: L30
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

Graduate with your own business

Our Music Business degree is designed for entrepreneurs who are serious about getting their ideas off the ground. Your business plan is at the heart of the curriculum, and we support you to generate your own work. Our students progress into the industry, employed in a wide range of roles and as active entrepreneurs. We will help you develop your ideas and achieve your ambitions.

Industry mentors

You’ll spend time with industry experts who will mentor you on a one to one basis throughout your studies. You will learn how to raise funds, develop strategic plans, build confidence, manage tours, create merchandise, network and engage with decision-makers. Our business hub provides a dedicated space for developing your ideas, networking and meeting your clients.

A Community of Musicians

With a wealth of untapped potential around you, you’ll find acts with commercial viability to work with, and you’ll coordinate musicians, producers and composers for your independent projects. You will develop project management, leadership, events planning skills and will be offering guidance to student artists on copyright, promotion, marketing and distribution. You will be able to develop your own independent enterprise project in the final year.

Global scope

This course has been designed with global scope and benchmarked against institutions in the USA and Europe. Our connections with other European conservatoires have provided collaborative opportunities for our students and a number of our students are involved in professional international projects.

What you will study 

The BA (Hons) Music (Business) modules focus on developing you as an entrepreneur through one-to-one tuition, small group work and creative projects.

Structure & Functions

You will explore and evaluate the businesses in the music industry. You will be guided through the functions and processes within commercial music industries based in the UK in the pursuit of a research portfolio that will inform your emerging business specialism.

Structure & Functions - Module Specification


You will develop a secure understanding of the marketing planning process with specific applications for the music business. Working in small teams, you will analyse the market place using a ‘live’ client as your product, creating an appropriate dynamic market mix.

Marketing - Module Specification

Creative Project

You will choose from the project menu and have the opportunity to collaborate with students and tutors from other pathways. Previous projects have included Intellectual Property and Copyright Case Studies, Soundwalking and Practical Crowdfunding.

Creative Project - Module Specification

Music & Identity

You will develop your knowledge of music’s historical, sociological and ideological contexts, including analytical approaches to, for example, youth culture, race, class, gender and audience perception and consumption.

Music & Identity - Module Specification

Professional Studies 1

Music, A & R and the Creative Industries

You will be introduced to ongoing debates surrounding music and commerciality and consider approaches to the assessment of artistic talent and how it may vary according to genre and territory. In addition, you will examine musical genre/styles to develop insights into music appreciation, how different communities consume music and how and why it was created.

Music, A & R and the Creative Industries - Module Specification

Digital Commerce

You will realise and develop your emerging business specialism by focusing on digital commerce and the promotion of a musical product.

Digital Commerce - Module Specification

Artistic Development

You will develop the skills needed to effectively manage and promote an artist’s/product’s development through the process of market communications in the context of external factors. You will also address the business concepts behind branding and the management of the identity of an artist or service.

Artistic Development - Module Specification

Copyright & Contract Law

You will develop an understanding of the legal rules which apply in all forms of business relationships with musicians, record labels, digital aggregators and licensing and contractual relationships between creatives and distributors of creative content.

Copyright & Contract Law - Module Specification

You will also choose one of the below options to study:


Drawing on your knowledge from Structure & Functions and Digital Commerce, you will independently develop, plan and realise an extended project in the context of your own business enterprise.

Enterprise - Module Specification

Enterprise Project

You will manage the public launch of a company in the form of an online distributor, artistic management, record company, app development or similar entrepreneurial endeavour linked intrinsically to the music business. You will be supported by special guests/industry specialists.

Enterprise Project - Module Specification

Contextual Studies
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Beckie Morley

Alumni Profile

Beckie Morley

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)
Year of Graduation: 2011

A busy community musician and businesswoman, Beckie’s rapidly-growing business works with children and elderly people across Cheshire. It was recently awarded 'Most Promising New Business 2014' by the East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and recognised by 'Dragon' Theo Paphitis in his '#SmallBusinessSunday' competition.

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Sally Rodgers
Sally RodgersSenior Lecturer: Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business), BA (Hons) Music (Production)

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Adrian KirkpatrickCurriculum Coordinator: Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document

Entry Requirements
  • 96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies. Can include music grade exams.

Read full entry requirements.

How to apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: 4R5T
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline: 15 January 2018
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Audition information
Business applicants will be assessed by UCAS application.

If it is not possible to make a decision based on the application then the applicant will be invited to submit a portfolio for assessment.
Read the portfolio guide.

Successful applicants will be invited to an optional offer holder workshop day on Saturday 24th March to meet the staff and tour the facilities. More information will be provided in your offer letter.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £14,500 (International Students)

Fees are per academic year and may be subject to government-approved increases in future years.
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Scholarships & bursaries

Leeds College of Music provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries.
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Our Mac Labs, computer suites and Business Hub are open until 3am in term-time, giving you plenty of time and space to work on your enterprise.

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