Taught course

Music Industry Management and Promotion

University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism, Media and Performance

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Entry requirements

We welcome students with qualifications in subjects across the music spectrum. We prefer you to have achieved the equivalent of a first/higher second-class honours Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field of study. Equivalent qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Music Industry Management and Promotion is intended for people who wish to work within the music industry. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working within the industry. Students will combine their academic studies with a placement in a commercial music industry institution working on real world projects. The course offers industrial experience which will involve working in the Factory 251 venue in Manchester, providing contact with significant industry figures connected with this culturally important company. Alternatively, it may be open to students to use their own current industry work to satisfy the work experience element if appropriate.

On this course you will study current practice in the music industry, both in the recording industry and in media and live events. You will consider different business models within the industry and look at the way creative products are marketed and promoted. You will engage with the key issue being confronted by the industry; the impact of new technology and the development of the digital marketplace. You will undertake research into the challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of rapid technological change in the creative industries.

The course will also give you the opportunity to engage with music industry practice at a professional level and in industrial context. Working on and contributing to field based commercial projects under the direction of an experienced industrial practitioner will enable you to gain hands on experience of a range of Music Industry activities and develop your practical and interpersonal skills. It will also provide a vantage point for in depth reflection on Music Industry practices and a chance to develop your own commercial, professional and industrial strategies.

One of the significant distinct advantages that distinguishes this course from others is the supported engagement in real world professional activities. On completion of the program each student will have worked on a number of projects affording them important experience of key music business activities and numerous items to add to their portfolio of professional experience.

Tutor initiated projects include the generation, release and promotion of a compilation album, and the construction, management and promotion of live music event activity at Factory251, Manchester. Additional projects and experiential learning opportunities are sourced throughout the program duration.


Tony Rigg is the former Operations Director of Dance Music giant Ministry of Sound/ Hed Kandi. Having spent his twenty year long career monetising music he is well versed in its social consumption. He has been responsible for the delivery of hundreds of entertainment experiences and events and as an executive for a number of the UK’s market leading leisure operators he has overseen the management of more than 80 music venues nationwide.

The course is rich in industrial links providing numerous contact opportunities with a wide range of industrial practitioners. Industrial mentors include world-renowned British musician from the North West of England and a founder member of the band Joy Division in the mid-1970s Peter Hook and music business entrepreneur and the managing director of Tokyo Industries Aaron Mellor.

Course at a Glance:


  • MZ4001(L7) Music Industry: Product and Audience

  • MZ4002 Music Industry Practice (40 Credits)


The PGCert modules plus:

  • DR4001(L7) Arts Theory and Philosophy

  • DR4002(L7) Professional Arts Practice (40 Credits)


The PGDip modules plus:

  • DR4003(L7) Arts Research Project (60 Credits)
  • Year 1 (full-time)
  • MZ4001(L7) Music Industry: Product and Audience (Trimester 1)
  • MZ4002(L7) Music Industry Practice (Trimesters 1 and 2)
  • DR4001(L7) Arts Theory and Philosophy (Trimester 1)
  • DR4002(L7) Professional Arts Practice (Trimesters 2 and 3)
  • DR4003(L7) Arts Research Project

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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