MBET students work in the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)

Music Business Major

In today’s global music industry, the tasks of recording, producing, mixing, financing, marketing and promoting music are becoming more entrepreneurial than corporate. And in the top-ranked Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, you’ll learn the most up-to-date and comprehensive skills you’ll need to succeed and excel in where the industry’s going. 

Many Career Paths for One Major

Our bachelor’s degree program is especially suited for those willing to experiment, push boundaries and envision new models for the future of the industry. Whether it’s running a recording studio, building audio electronics, marketing for artists and venues, or working with licensing and publishing, the MBET curriculum can be molded to fit your individual needs while preparing you for your desired career.

Different Learning Opportunities

The comprehensive coursework takes place in and outside the classroom, and you’ll network and make connections through internship placements at some of Philadelphia’s most reputable institutions. Our accomplished faculty of industry professionals provides hands-on instruction in our state-of-the-art facilities, including the newly opened Laurie Wagman Recording Studios and brand-new rehearsal, classroom, office, lab and production spaces.

In 2019, the MBET bachelor’s program at UArts was ranked among the top 10 programs for music business in the nation by Music School Central.

Faculty Spotlight

Our faculty members are active in their fields outside the classroom and utilize industry contacts to provide students with connections for networking and job opportunities.

Micah Jones
Micah Jones

Dean

Performer, producer and educator who has worked with Terence Blanchard, Randy Brecker, Patti LaBelle, Tiffany Jones and more
UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Randy Kapralick
Randy Kapralick

Assistant Dean

Performer, composer and educator who has worked with the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and more
A headshot of Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Program Director; performer, producer, recording engineer and label founder
a headshot of grant bouvier
Grant Bouvier

BFA '16

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Sound artist, music technologist and composer
Fabian Brown Headshot
Fabian Brown

BFA '01

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Handles in-house publicity for the jazz record label Ropeadope
Beattie_JP_headshot
JohnPaul Beattie

BA '10

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
A headshot of Stephen Cirino
Stephen Cirino

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
CEO, Future Management; Philadelphia-based music business professional
Jen Corsilli
Jen Corsilli

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Director of marketing and programming, Live Nation Philadelphia
A headshot of Matthew Manhire.
Matthew Manhire

MAT '11

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Owner, designer and builder of Rootbeer Audio
A headshot of Brian McTear
Brian McTear

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Record producer, musician, owner of Miner Street Recordings and founder of Weathervane Music
courtney passikoff headshot
Courtney Passikoff

BS '17

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Marketing manager for Live Nation specializing in event marketing
A headshot of Alex Santilli
Alex Santilli

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Manager, producer and chief engineer of Philadelphia-based Spice House Sound
A headshot of Paul Schuette.
Paul Schuette

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Composer, sound artist and improviser; co-creator of The Warp Whistle Project
A headshot of Tom Spiker
Tom Spiker

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Owner and operator, Undercarriage Recording; multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer and educator

Curriculum

The Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) curriculum is cross-disciplinary, as there are myriad opportunities to collaborate with students in other programs across UArts. Courses cover the core areas of Business and Entrepreneurship, Technology and Application (audio engineering in studio and live environments, electronics design and audio app programming), Music Theory and Musicianship, Critical Studies, and free electives. Additional study in international business, project courses and internships help maximize students’ undergraduate portfolios.

Available as a major (58.5 credits) or a minor (15 credits), the program can be customized to meet your career goals. Other than the core requirements, you can choose from a variety of Business and Entrepreneurship and Technology and Application courses to explore your individual interests in different areas of the music industry. For example, if you’re interested in sound design, you can take courses in topics like audio synthesis and DAW techniques.

Students graduating from the MBET bachelor’s degree program will

  • possess essential business knowledge in the foundational areas of marketing; communications; and business, contract and entertainment law;

  • possess essential music business knowledge in intellectual property, music licensing, media markets, and event production and management;

  • possess technological skills in audio production, recording, live sound reinforcement, digital distribution and web/interface design;

  • possess foundational music knowledge and competencies, the understanding of music form and structure, and critical listening and assessment skills;

  • possess advanced writing and presentation skills;

  • have engaged in entrepreneurial activities relative to the production, marketing and distribution of music and other performance and art media;

  • collaborate and partner with other university students and departments, as well as professional organizations;

  • be information-literate, aware, resourceful and problem-solving critical thinkers; and

  • use all of the above as the basis for creative and innovative output.

At UArts, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to have laptops. Students with qualifying laptops are given access to install university-licensed software for free.
 
Learn about the recommended laptop specs for MBET students.
 
See the list of free university-licensed software.

Sample Curriculum


Duration: Four years, full time
Credits: 120 credits
 
Major requirements: 58.5 credits
Discipline history: 9 credits
Critical Studies: 33 credits
Free electives: 19.5 credits

Expand all Collapse all
First Year

Fall semester: 15.5 credits
Business Of Music (2c)
Music Explorations (3c)
Music Theory I (3c)
MBET Project Forum (1.5c)
Musicianship I (5c)
Composition Fundamentals 101 (3c)
 
Spring semester: 15 credits
Recording I (2c)
Intro to ProTools (1c)
Music Theory II (3c)
Digital Distribution (3c)
Composition Fundamentals 102 (3c)
Musicianship II (3c)

Second Year

Fall semester: 15 credits
Live Sound 1 (2c)
Critical Approach to Arts and Culture (3c)
Discipline History (3c)
Intro to Advertising OR Digital Marketing (3c)
Intro to Acoustics (3c)
Intro to Ableton Live (1c)
 
Spring semester: 15 credits
Intro to Electronic Music/Tech (3c)
Science (your choice) (3c)
Intro To Business (3c)
Audio Electronics (3c)
Free elective (your choice) (3c)

Third Year

Fall semester: 15 credits
Business Fundamentals for the Creative Economy (3c)
Business & Entrepreneurship course (your choice) *** (3c)
Tech Elective(your choice) ** (1.5c)
Critical Approaches to Arts (3c)
Discipline History (3c)
Intro to Audio Programming (1.5c)
 
Spring semester: 14.5 credits
Tech Elective (your choice) ** (1.5c)
Critical Approaches to Arts (3c)
Critical Studies (your choice) (3c)
Free Elective (your choice) (4c)
Discipline History (3c)

Fourth Year

Fall semester: 15 credits
Tech Elective (your choice) † (3c)
Critical Studies (your choice) (3c)
Critical Studies (your choice) (3c)
Free elective (your choice) (3c)
Internship (3c)
 
Spring semester: 15 credits
MBET Senior Project (3c)
Business & Entrepreneurship course (your choice) †† (3c)
Critical Studies (your choice) (3c)
Critical Studies (your choice) (3c)
Free elective (your choice) (3c)

Facilities

The School of Music offers a robust set of performance spaces, recording studios, rehearsal rooms and music labs.

  • two state-of-the-art recording studios

  • seven production suites

  • eight rehearsal rooms

  • 16 individual practice rooms

  • two dedicated drum practice rooms

  • four smart classrooms that double as rehearsal spaces

  • one circuitry lab

  • one electronic music lab featuring the 4th Moog analog synthesizer, built specifically for the School of Music at UArts in 1965

  • two computer labs with keyboard controllers and audio interfaces

  • two drum teaching and practice studios

Laurie Wagman Recording Studios

In 2019, UArts celebrated the grand opening of the Laurie Wagman Music Studios on the 11th floor of Terra Hall. The two recording studios are equipped with state-of-the-art, 24-channel API consoles and Antelope interfaces. There is a surround sound system in Studio A, while Studio B has a pair of Adam reference monitors. Both studios have a number of outboard compressors, equalizers and other effects processors. Studio A will also function as a fully analog space, equipped with a 16-track tape machine.

Laurie Wagman Recording Studio A

Studio A

  • 16-track, 1-inch tape machine

  • Antelope Orion 32+ converters

  • API 2448 console

  • Genelec 5.1 surround sound system

  • a variety of outboard gear, including

  • 1176-style compressors

  • EL8 distressors

  • Eventide Eclipse

  • Pultec-style EQ

Laurie Wagman Recording Studio B

Studio B

  • Adam A77X nearfield monitors

  • Antelope Orion 32+ converters

  • API 2448 console

  • a variety of outboard gear, including

  • 1176-style compressors

  • EL8 distressors

  • Eventide Eclipse

  • Pultec-style EQ

Learn more about the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios. 

Circuitry Lab

The circuitry lab at UArts is designed as both a classroom and a space for students to experiment with and build audio electronic equipment. State-of-the-art ventilation and 12 individual stations ensure a professional workspace and is open for use during and outside class hours.

  • central island with a lab sink, storage and overhead HD camera which feeds into two large HD smart monitors

  • a Tektronix 2235 Analog Oscilloscope

  • two Craftsman Drill Presses each with their own industrial work countertop and assortment of drill bits

  • various hand and maker tools, such as hot-glue guns, nibblers, reamers, rotary tools, screwdrivers and more

  • an ever-growing stock of various electronic components such as capacitors, ICs, knobs, resistors, semiconductors and more

  • 12 student lab stations, each with a

    • variable benchtop power supply

    • Weller soldering iron station

    • bench vise

    • breadboard

    • small tool kit consisting of wire cutters, pliers, soldering supplies and testing equipment

    • digital multimeter

Performance Spaces

Learn more about performance spaces at UArts. 

Center for Immersive Media 

The Center for Immersive Media (CIM) is a 5,600-square-foot facility dedicated to exploring the fields of virtual and mixed reality, performance motion-capture, and human-computer interaction. The space includes

  • Spatial Audio Composition class with JP Beattie

    an optical motion-capture system for full-body performance capture and location-based VR applications;

  • a four-channel audio system, multiple video projectors and lighting, and a control station;

  • 16 Genelec speakers for a 3rd Order Ambisonic system; 

  • a 16-station computing classroom with PCs optimized for real-time graphics rendering; and 

  • two large project rooms with ceiling grids for the development of installations and virtual environments. 

Learn more about CIM.

Profiles & Careers

Internships

You’ll gain professional experience and a behind-the-scenes view of the music industry during internship. Throughout your course of study, you are required to complete a three-credit, 90-hour internship. Though students are responsible for finding their own internships, faculty often use industry contacts to connect students with opportunities in the field. 

Internships that have previously hosted UArts students include

AEG • Billy Penn Music • Breed Studios • CBS Radio • Charterhouse Music Group • CID Entertainment • CODA Nightclub, Critter and Guitari • EDM World Magazine • ESPN Radio • EVERYBODY Brands • Fame House/UMG • Firefly Festival • Grammy U • Hazelrigg Industries • Kiros Beauty • Live Nation • Miner Street Studios • MVP Interactive • Organic Music Marketing • Ormsby Guitars • Owl's Nest Media • Philadelphia Folk Festival • Philadelphia Recording Academy • Punch Line Philly • REC Philly • Rumor Nightclub • Sigma Studios • Sine Studios • Spice House Sound • Superior Sound Studios • Terrorbird Media • The Boom Room • The Brooklyn Home of Music • Electric Factory • the Fillmore • the Headroom • the Kimmel Center • the Mann Center • the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts • the Trocadero, Turtle Studios • Undercarriage Studios • Underground Arts • Uniform Recording • Union Transfer • Universal Records • Walt Disney World • Warner Music Group • Watt Studio • Weathervane Music Organization • William Street Common • World Café Live • WXPN

As the industry continues to grow, graduates find themselves in a variety of roles. Common career fields for MBET majors include those in 

  • Amplifier design and construction

  • Artist management

  • Audio processor design and construction (guitar pedals, outboard gear)

  • Booking

  • Digital audio production

  • Entertainment law

  • Film

  • Live music events

  • Music entrepreneur

  • Music journalism

  • Recording engineering for music and visual media

  • Studio design and acoustics

  • TV

  • Venue management 

  • Video games 

Featured Alumni

A headshot of Mandii York
Mandii York

BS '20

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Songwriter who's building their own artist management company
A headshot of Kaitlyn Rafferty
Kaitlyn Rafferty

BS '19

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Marketing coordinator for Live Nation Philadelphia
A headshot of Sal Dragone
Sal Dragone

BS '17

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Artist manager and creator of Arway Apparel
Julia Rainer photo
Julia Rainer

BS '17

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Singer, guitar player, songwriter and producer signed with Creep Records
A headshot of Scarlet Estelle Hernandez
Scarlet Estelle Hernandez

BS '16

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Director of member success at REC Philly

Student Spotlight

Our students experiment, push boundaries and envision new models for the future of the industry. Their interests are diverse and span from recording original music to marketing, and incorporate other disciplines of art such as photography.

Featured Students

A headshot of Victoria Hamersky
Victoria Hamersky

'23

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Creator of VH Management; content manager for music blog Total Access Pass
A headshot of Lily McKown
Lily McKown

'22

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Musician whose work has been featured in WXPN, The Philadelphia Globe and more
A photo of James Sleeman
James Sleeman

'22

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Recording engineer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who's worked with artists like Tor Miller
A headshot of Sanniyah Bey
Sanniyah Antoinette Bey

'21

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Musician and model who works with clothing brands like Disturbia and Hot Topic
A headshot of Isaiah Joyner
Isaiah Joyner

'21

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Hip-hop artist and producer who's worked with artists such as Don Malibu
A photo of Matthew Glosson
Matthew Glosson

'20

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Recording engineer, audio electronics engineer and drummer who has worked with artists like Kevin Garrett

How to Apply

UArts offers recommended priority deadlines; students who apply and submit all required materials by the priority deadline will receive first consideration for scholarship aid from UArts. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. 

International students requiring an F-1 visa for study in the U.S. might be subject to earlier deadlines to provide time for completion of the visa process. Contact Admissions for guidance if you are an international student who wishes to apply after the priority deadline.

Spring 2022 priority deadline: Dec. 4, 2021

Fall 2022 priority deadline: Feb. 15, 2022

We cannot accept spring 2022 applications after Jan. 10, 2022, and cannot accept fall 2022 applications after Aug. 12, 2022.

The following materials are required for your application.

Expand all Collapse all
A completed application for admission

Start or resume your application. 

  • The application includes two required short-answer questions: What excites you about UArts? What inspires you?

A nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • If you qualify for a fee waiver from NACAC, CollegeBoard, UArts or another source, indicate that on your application. If the cost of the application fee is a barrier, contact Admissions to request a fee waiver code.

Official high school transcript

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

  • International transcript requirements 

  • Transfer student transcript requirements

    • High school transcripts may be waived for transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework, including a minimum of 18 academic, non-studio credits.

    • Official college(s)

      • Official transcripts must be sent directly from all the colleges you have attended by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

      • If you’ve attended college outside the U.S., you are required to have an official course-by-course evaluation of your college coursework sent to UArts. Additional guidelines for international transcripts are available

Your audition/interview

Auditions or interviews are required for all Dance, Music and Theater programs. After submitting your application, go to your applicant status portal to register for your virtual or on-campus audition day. View a full list of audition requirements by program. 

International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency
Optional letters of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors are optional and may be submitted by the recommender via email to undergradcredentials@uarts.edu or by your high school through a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

Apply now

Get Started

Start your application

Begin your application today. Our admissions team will help you throughout the process.

Apply Now

See UArts for yourself

The best way to get to know UArts is by taking a virtual tour of our campus facilities.

Take a Virtual Tour

Not sure where to start?

We're glad you want to learn more. Our admissions team is happy to send additional information about our school.

Request More Information