Created for today’s new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st Century. Developed in conjunction with the industry this course is the first of its kind in Europe and designed for the new breed of artists; it covers the most important aspects for individuals to manage themselves in this rapidly evolving industry.
Why study this subject?
Are you an aspiring musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, beat-maker or DJ with a passion for music and a strong sense of your brand?
The UK music industry contributed £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, (Music By Numbers UK Music) and employed an estimated 315,000 people in music, performing and visual arts (DCMS 2020) so the opportunities are vast. Today’s new DIY music environment is fast moving and innovative meaning you’ll need a whole range of skills and talents to succeed.
By studying a degree in Music Performance Management you’ll learn to develop and manage yourself as a brand and business as well as gain a broad understanding of the operations of the music industry.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied here you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the industry.
Our students have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange for a semester during their second year. Our partner institutions are based in the USA, Holland and Sweden and have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.
Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our courses which means you’ll graduate with up to date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.
You’ll be able to take advantage of BNU’s strong industry links to find excellent work placement opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.
What will I study?
Created for today’s music industry environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st century.
There will be a strong focus on online digital promotion and marketing techniques as well as learning about music publishing, contracts, intellectual property and entrepreneurship.
There’s an emphasis on the analysis of music through the study of genres, a unique A&R (‚artists and repertoire’) module and performance workshops run by experienced music industry professionals where you will receive mentoring on how to improve aspects of your music.
You’ll spend time in the studio exploring production techniques and in your third year, learn how to set up your own production company.
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