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BA (Hons)
Music Performance Management

This course is the first of its kind in Europe. Designed for the new breed of artists, it covers the most important aspects for individuals to manage their own music brand in this rapidly evolving industry. You’ll have access to our industry standard recording studios and the chance to work as part of our production company MC9 Music.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: WN32

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This programme trains music performers to manage themselves. Whether you’re a musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer or DJ, you’ll learn how to develop and manage yourself as a brand and business.

What will this course cover?
Created for today’s new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st century.

There will be a strong focus on marketing and promotion. You’ll learn how to develop yourself as a brand and explore a variety of different marketing techniques. You’ll learn about contracts, intellectual property and how to manage your performances.

You’ll spend time in the studio exploring process and production techniques and in your third year, learn how to set up your own production company.

A pioneering music degree
Developed in conjunction with the industry, this course covers the most important aspects required for individuals to manage their own music brand in today’s ever-evolving industry.

We also offer this programme on a part-time basis, designed to fit around the performance commitments of students.

Develop your entrepreneurial skills
This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You’ll learn creative strategies and how to make the most of business opportunities. These skills will enable you to navigate the industry successfully as a self managed performance artist.

Bucks pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied at Bucks 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 and in Holland and Sweden and have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.

Bucks Industry Group Music
Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our music business and management courses. This ensures you graduate with up to date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.

MC9 Music
Bucks runs its own in-house music business company, MC9 Music Ltd. You’ll have the opportunity to work as part of this independent company, which allows students to put on events. This will give you first-hand experience working in a professional, real-time environment, working with a variety of different artists.

Excellent work experience opportunities
You’ll be able to take advantage of Bucks’ strong industry links to find excellent work experience opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.

Year One

  • The Music Industry Environment
  • Principles of Music Marketing
  • Professional Performance Context
  • Music Production Principles
  • Music Production Practice
  • DIY Approaches in the Music Business
  • The Chart Show

Year Two

  • Music Publishing
  • The Music Entrepreneur
  • Professional Performance Practice
  • eCommerce in the Music Industry
  • Studio Production Techniques
  • Studio Production Process
  • Production Analysis

Year Three

  • Production Company Project
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Professional Performance Management
  • A&R Delivering Content for the Music Industry
  • Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis. You are also required to attend an audition.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

By the time you finish this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the music industry. You’ll have gained an insight into the various aspects of the business and be able to professionally manage yourself as a musician and performer.

Music management graduates have found employment in a wide range of areas including commercial and public radio, record labels, artist management companies, royalty collection, venue management, festivals and events. Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.