Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
For those interested in professional music, CU Denver’s Music Business program is designed for students utilizing their creative and entrepreneurial talents for careers in music publishing, artist, venue and tour management, entertainment law, digital music marketing and distribution, and as independent entrepreneurs.
Focusing on the industry’s present growth and emerging trends, an extensive music business education is complemented with course work in music business, musicianship, audio engineering and music industry practice. The business curriculum covers many facets of the industry, including music publishing, marketing, artist management, concert promotion and talent buying, booking, new business models, the digital streaming ecosystem, legal issues, and royalty/financial analysis, and devolving and disruptive developments in this fast-paced industry.
Students in the Music Business program make the connections that lead to local, regional, and national careers in music publishing, artist, venue and tour management, entertainment law, digital music marketing and distribution, and as independent entrepreneurs. Graduates from the Music Business program find professional success at a wide range of companies, including Warner Chappell Music Publishing, ASCAP, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Spotify, the William Morris Agency, Red Light Management, 7S Management, AEG Live, Live Nation, and Rolling Stone. Alumni work in music publishing, artist, venues, and tour management, music and entertainment law, digital music marketing and distribution, and as independent entrepreneurs.
We offer both a Non-Audition Track and a Audition Track program in Music Business. The Non-Audition Track is designed for students who seek careers working behind the scenes in the music industry. There are less performance classes in this major which allows for more music business elective courses.
The Audition Track is designed for students who want a lot of both music business and performance classes in the curriculum. It's perfect for students who hope for performance to be a big part of their future career but want the music business knowledge as well. This allows for performers to be able to make better business decisions and also offers more career flexibility. Audition track students choose one of the same instruments as we offer for music performance (i.e. voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, electronic devices, strings, horns, etc.) and must pass an audition to enter the program.
For more information about the Music Business emphasis and audition track programs, email the College of Arts & Media at CAMinfo@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-7487. If you would like to visit campus to tour our music facilities and learn more about our programs, you can view all of the visit day options here.For full information about degree requirements and curriculum visit the program page on the CU Denver catalog.