BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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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 professionals and 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, social media 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.

Career destinations

Graduates from Leeds College of Music have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Producers, Promoters and Entrepreneurs. Find out more in our Alumni section.

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. See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Commerce

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

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.

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.

Contextual Studies 2 (options)

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

  • Music and Ideology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Music Technology
Professional Studies 2

You will choose one of the below options to study:

  • Self-Promotion & Music Marketing
  • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
  • Concerts & Touring
  • Artistic Management
  • Working with Music in the Community

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.

Final Project

This module is designed to offer students flexibility in their final year by providing opportunity to delve deeper into a specialism specific to their course and interests.

Contextual Studies 3 (Options)

You will study one of the below options:

  • Computer-Based Composition
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Emerging Music Models
Professional Studies 3 (Options)

You will study one of the below options:

  • Live Music Management
  • Community Music Project
  • Music Journalism
  • Business Leadership & Ethics
  • Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2020/21 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications by September 2020.

Stephen Lynch with his collective 'The Uncanny'

Student Profile

Stephen Lynch

"There are lots of opportunities to collaborate - not just with musicians, but with artists, dancers and other entrepreneurs."

Meet hip-hop DJ and producer from Leeds, Stephen Lynch – aka DJ Agent M - who plays soul, funk, R&B and neo-soul, alongside his first love hip-hop. Alongside local radio, he has opened for various artists such as Keith Murray and LA-based rapper Bus Driver. He also hosts his own hip-hop night , called Best Kept Secret.

Stephen has been involved in a lot of community events, most notably the hip-hop celebrations in Leeds. He currently produces for two labels – Invizible Circle Records and Ftrsndmtrx (Future Sound Matrix).

Meet our students

Course Tutors

Alex Timewell
Dr Alex TimewellProgramme Leader: Music Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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Sally Rodgers
Sally RodgersSenior Lecturer: Business

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

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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 2020
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirements:

96 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Other entry requirements:

Suitability for the Business pathway will be assessed by reference to application forms and personal statements, interviews, and applicants’ portfolios, as appropriate.

Read full entry requirements

Interview 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.

See portfolio information

Audition fees will no longer be charged for any Undergraduate course at Leeds College of Music. If you are from a household with an income of less than £25,000, and would like to apply for a refund of your travel costs, please download further information and an application form here.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: 4R5T
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline: The UCAS equal consideration (‘on time’) deadline is 15 January 2020. We may still accept applications for all of our courses after this date, although this may change at short notice as places fill up.

Read our step-by-step application guide


Fees & Funding
International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding

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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