In the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the music business in the context of an arts-based education. Available as a major or a minor, our comprehensive coursework takes place in and out of the classroom, and you’ll network and make connections through internship placements at some of Philadelphia’s most reputable institutions. Our goal is to empower the artists and engineers who will create the technologies of the future.

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

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Jason Noble

'19

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
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Trista Sinex

'18

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Hometown: Windermere, FL

Our faculty is made up of active professionals who are working in the industry here in Philadelphia, which is fast becoming one of the best music cities in the United States.

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Michael Johnson

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Musician/Engineer, performed with War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Iron & Wine, and more
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Stephen Cirino

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Has worked with gold/platinum artists Jason Aldean, Mumford & Sons and Phoenix

Sample Courses in the MBET Major

First Year
MBET Project Forum
Intro to Pro Tools
Music Explorations
Music Concepts
Business of Music
Writing I Placement
Intro to Business
Digital Distribution
Music Concepts II
Live Sound Production
Writing II Placement
Free elective (your choice)

Second Year
Music Skill III
Recording I
Tech & Application Course (your choice)*
Science (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)
Music Skill IV
Digital Marketing
Intro to Advertising
Discipline history (your choice)
Critical Studies (your choice)

Third Year
Business Fundementals for the Creative Economy
Intro to Electronic Music & Technology
Tech & Application course (your choice)**
Discipline history (your choice)
Critical Studies (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)
Business Planning
Music Internship
Tech & Application course (your choice)**

Fourth Year
Business Planning II
Business & Entrepreneurship course***(your choice)
Tech & Application course (your choice)+
Critical Studies (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)
MBET Senior Project
Business & Entrepreneurship course (your choice)++

 

About the Curriculum

The Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology (MBET) curriculum takes great advantage of cross-discipline and collaborative opportunities in the all-arts environment of the University of the Arts.  Courses cover the core areas of Business/Entrepreneurship (business, fundamentals, music business and innovation, and entrepreneurship), Technology and Application (recording, live sound and web design), a rich and diverse pool of electives throughout the University, Music (music skills and critical listening), and the Liberal Arts.  Additional study in international business, project courses, and internships maximize career portfolio strategies.

Students graduating from the MBET 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;
  • Understand e-commerce and be able to identify and use emerging technologies;
  • Collaborate and partner with other University students and departments, as well as professional organizations;
  • Be information literate, aware, resourceful, and problem-solving critical thinkers;
  • Use all of the above as the basis for creative and innovative output.

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* At this level, courses include Audio Electronics, Intro to Logic Pro, Webcasting and others.

* At this level, courses include Advanced Mixing & Mastering, Advanced Electronics Forum, Spatial Music Composition and others.

*** At this level, courses include Copywriting, Artist Management, Entrepreneurs Boot Camp and others.

+ Recording II and Digital Music Production I and II.

+ At this level, courses include Careers in Music.

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Julia Rainer

BS '17

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Signed with Creep Records; full-length solo record “Spirits” released September, 2017
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Courtney Passikoff

BS '17

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Philadelphia area representative for GrammyU
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Grant Bouvier

BS '16

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Has worked for synthesizer manufacturers Critter and Guitari

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