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.

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Jason Noble

'19

Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
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Trista Sintex

'18

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

    Sample Courses in the MBET Major

    First Year
    MBET Project Forum
    Music Explorations
    Music Concepts
    Business of Music
    Digital Distribution
    Recording
    Introduction to Pro Tools

    Second Year
    Live Sound Production 
    Music Concepts  
    Introduction to Business 
    Introduction to MIDI & Electronic Technology
    Artist Management
    Webcasting

    Third Year
    Digital Marketing 
    Media Industries
    Business Planning
    Music Internship
    Venue Management
    Audio Electronics

    Fourth Year
    Senior Project
    Business Planning
    Contemporary Music Journalism
    Current Music Business & Legal Affairs
    Advanced Mixing and Mastering
    Advanced Programming

     

    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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    Julia Rainer

    BS '17

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

    BS '17

    Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology
    Philadelphia area representative for GrammyU
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    Grant Bouvier

    BS '16

    Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology
    Has worked for synthesizer manufacturers Critter and Guitari

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