MA in Music Industry Management and Artist Development


Program Description


Commercial success and a sustained career within the music industry increasingly depend on the artist’s ability to set up their own small record labels, administrate their copyrights, facilitate live events, develop their careers and maintain their health.

Directed by a team of dedicated industry professionals with unique insights and unprecedented experience in the field, you’ll have the opportunity to study key concepts in managing and developing your own career - or that of an act you represent.

Why choose this course?

We’re located in West London, the hub of the UK's music and media business – so there’s no better place to study Music Industry Management and Artist Development.

The modules on the course have been specifically written to allow you to develop your entrepreneurial and transferable skills, and include Independent Label Management, Career Building Strategies, Artist and Repertoire, Live Events Management and Copyright law.
MA Music Industry Management students have secured internships and work placements within the music, publishing and PR industries.

Tutor information
The Music Management teaching staff includes:
Course leader, Paul Oliver, has degrees in both popular music and business and management, as well as a PhD in Music Management. Paul's research specialises in DIY culture and digital entrepreneurship applied to the music industries. He is also a songwriter, musician and the founder of Ganbei Records.

Graduating from the London College of Music means joining an ever-growing and impressive list of alumni including:
  • Matt Tong – formerly of Bloc Party
  • Matthew Hodson – the founder of the London Synthesis Orchestra
  • Ben Salter who worked with Nile Rodgers in the United States
  • Alexander Grant, aka Alex Da Kid, a Grammy Award nominee who wrote and produced Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna).

Career and study progression

By completing this course, you will have gained enhanced skills and knowledge in the areas of music management and artist development. Successful graduates have gone on to enjoy a diverse range of roles at major and independent record labels as well as publishing and PR companies.
These roles have included:
  • artist management
  • agency and promotion
  • tour management
  • teaching
  • radio station management
  • creating new businesses.
You can also study for a PhD or DMus in Popular Music Production or Electronic/Electroacoustic Composition.

Course detail

Under the direction of a team of highly experienced industry professionals, this course covers the key concepts of managing and developing your own career or the career of an act which you represent.

This course will equip you with an enviable set of skills that will enable you to succeed in the fast-changing music and theatre industry. Some examples of the professional roles that we would expect graduates to progress to after completing the course include Manager/Agent, Teacher, Record Label executive, PR worker, Promoter, Tour Manager, Radio Station Manager and further study on an MPhil/PhD programme.


  • Leadership and Creativity
  • Independent Label Management
  • Career Building Strategies
  • Artist and Repertoire
  • Live Events Management
  • Copyright Law
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation or Project.

Leadership and Creativity
Here we look at some of the psychological factors in performance, such as ability, motivation, stressors, burnout, performance anxiety, peak performance, confidence, zoning in, and preparing for auditions and competitions.

Independent Label Management
This module takes a detailed look into how the audio recording industry works and focuses on copyright ownership, the industry's future direction, and how to manage your own independent record label.

Career Building Strategies
This module focuses on the management, administration, and business in the music industry.

Artist and Repertoire
This module is designed to enhance your understanding of managing an artist's commercial and artistic development, and how they engage with the respective collection societies administering publishing catalogues.

Live Event Management
Through a series of lectures and tutorials, you enhance your understanding of the live arena, and its potential commercial and artistic market value to you - or an artist you represent.

Copyright Law
Here we look at copyright, and media law in the music industry including key issues such as tort, moral rights, and confidentiality.

Research Methods
This module gives you essential skills and support, to prepares you for a successful project or dissertation in the final stage of this MA course.

Dissertation or Project
You will lead a practical project or dissertation on a subject negotiated with your supervisor, who will mentor you throughout. This is your opportunity to devise and execute an ambitious and substantial personal, self-managed project that encompasses and showcases many of the skills and knowledge you will have acquired during the course.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following:

  • Honours Degree in Music, Music Technology or a related subject to a minimum pass of 2:2, or substantial industry experience in the field.
  • Candidates will be asked to provide a portfolio of degree -level / professional work and a written statement.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.

Last updated January 2019

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