BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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Study BA (Hons) Music (Business) at Leeds Conservatoire

If you’re interested in studying business but also have a passion for music, then our Music Business course is an ideal way of actively combining your interests. Whether you’re interested in promotion and branding, artist or events management, or copyright and the law, this course will prepare you for the modern music industry.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 4R5T
  • UCAS Institution Code: L30
  • Apply Via: UCAS Undergraduate (note: this course cannot be found under a 'Conservatoire' application)
  • 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. Many of our students go on to graduate with their own fully-functioning business in addition to their degree.

Start your music industry career

Our students progress into the industry, employed in a wide range of roles from marketing to artist management, PR to publishing.

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 musical talent around you, you will easily find acts with commercial viability to work. You’ll coordinate musicians, producers and composers for your independent projects. In your second and third year you will have the opportunity to launch your own label with your course peers, offering guidance to student artists on copyright, promotion, marketing, legal affairs 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 Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Producers, Promoters and Entrepreneurs. Find out more in our Alumni section.

“Being at Leeds Conservatoire has really prepared me to go out and run my own events company in the music industry.”
– Elizabeth Langton, Music Business graduate

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

Students will attend a series of sessions delivered by guests and tutors who will discuss their own practice by taking a reflective stance on their creative output, project management, artistic expression and creative risk. Students will assimilate approaches in how to critically reflect on their own practice.

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
  • Politics and Art
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.

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Alumni Profile

Ollie Horner

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Business)
Year of Graduation: 2018

Ollie Horner began working in the live music industry aged 14. Since then, his career has flourished and he has worked alongside the likes of Blink-182, Stormzy, All Time Low, Fetty Wap and Good Charlotte. Most recently, Ollie acted as Tour Manager for Busted across the UK, Chase Atlantic across Europe and The Faim internationally. He also has experience as a promoter’s rep in academies across Europe for Live Nation and TEG MJR.

Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Alex Timewell
Dr Alex TimewellProgramme Leader: Music Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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Sally Rodgers
Dr Sally RodgersSenior Lecturer: Business

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

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Hannah TrigwellSenior Lecturer: Music Business

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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Christopher QuickCurriculum Manager for Foundation Year / Senior Lecturer

Courses Taught: Foundation Year, BA Songwriting, BA Music Business

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Nick Simcock
Nick SimcockLecturer: Business

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business), Professional Studies

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Simon Beddoe
Simon BeddoeSenior Lecturer: Professional Studies

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Business)

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“There’s a rich music scene in Leeds and the venues are keen to work with you if they know you’re from Leeds Conservatoire.”

– Niall O’Connor, Music Business graduate

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2022
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Note for applicants for 2022/23 entry onwards:

Leeds Conservatoire plans to apply to the Office for Students for Degree Awarding Powers. If we are granted Degree Awarding Powers, your degree may be awarded by Leeds Conservatoire rather than validated by the University of Hull.

Course Key Information Document 2021/22

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

UK applicants to certain courses at Leeds Conservatoire will need to audition, interview or submit a portfolio of work.

Find more information for UK applicants and International Applicants.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)
UCAS Code: 4R5T
UCAS Institution Code: L30
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 late in term-time, giving you plenty of time and space to work on your enterprise.

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Stephen Lynch with his collective 'The Uncanny'

Stephen Lynch - Rotation DJs project

Examples of student projects

  • Rhino Sessions (Niall O’Connor)
  • Upstage Events (James Louis Suggett)
  • Goobie App (Niall O’Connor)
  • Tour Management – Good Charlotte (Oliver Horner)
  • Festival Management (Megan Graham)
  • Rotation DJs Booking Agency (Stephen Lynch)
  • Volume Magazine (Samantha Taylor)
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