MA Music Business


MA Music Business


MA Music Business at Tileyard is the perfect opportunity to learn from and immerse yourself in the largest professional music community in Europe.

On the MA you will learn and practise the mechanics and strategies of labels, publishers, managers, agents, promoters, event organisers and new media entrepreneurs through first-hand case studies taught by our professional network of creative industry entrepreneurs based at Tileyard.

“How can you greatly increase your chances of success in today’s rapidly-evolving music industry? On our new MA Music Business course, your knowledge will be continuously updated, featuring access to many of the industry’s leading experts and commercially successful music companies, covering the widest range of business skills and opportunities. You’ll have access to an inspired range of lecturers, build contacts who are already successful entrepreneurs and grow your network. 

As a person of ambition, I can honestly say that having been involved in the music industry for over 40 years, you are simply not going to find a concentration of experience like this in a traditional academic environment – in fact anywhere else that I’m aware of – this course represents an outstanding opportunity to forge a significant career in the ever-changing music industry and I strongly recommend you take a look.” Martyn Ware, Principal, Tileyard Education

Study modules, that have been designed to reflect the stakeholders and food chain of the music industry, include Creative Music Management, Economics, Lean Business Planning, Marketing, Legal and Business Affairs, Live Event Management and New Media Technology.


Choosing to Study at MA level is a big decision. We encourage all prospective applicants to visit Tileyard Education for yourself and get a feel for the environment and community. Our Open Days will help you decide whether or not it’s the right next step for you.

Our Open Days will help you decide whether or not it’s the right next step for you. Open Days are monthly, ticketed evening events from 5pm to 7pm with small groups. As a result, availability is limited. Book your ticket HERE


Applicants can start, pause, edit and finally submit when ready. You will need a photocopy of your UK/EU passport and where appropriate, a copy of your undergraduate degree qualification. If you do not have an undergraduate qualification and are applying as a professional with 3 years experience, you may be asked at a later date for written documentation to support your application. Get started by clicking on the relevant link below:


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The MA is delivered at Tileyard Studios – the largest professional music community in Europe – and at the London Oval campus for UWTSD – home to the University’s business and MBA programmes.

All modules are taught by leading industry professionals using current and live case studies and the programme includes the opportunity to pitch your major business project to the Tileyard investment fund.

The programme also includes access to Tileyard’s regular large-scale networking events, professional masterclasses, one-to-one industry mentoring, work-based learning opportunities and unrivalled access to the annual social calendar of Tileyard Studios.

Applicants to our MA programmes are automatically included in a shortlist for Tileyard Education bursaries and scholarships. More details on bursaries and scholarships can be found in our APPLY page FAQ section.

“Tileyard is where more music business happens in one location than anywhere else worldwide and I have first-hand experience with that. As a global international music publisher, Notting Hill Music is perfectly placed at Tileyard to connect with labels, artists, managers, producers and brands. Studying music business here is an absolute must!” John Saunderson, Notting Hill Music


Course Length: 12 months (full-time) Start Date: September 2019.

NB: If you plan to apply for a postgraduate master’s course from 1 August 2017, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan to help with course fees and living costs. You can get up to £10,000 during your course. Find out more about postgraduate student loans on

Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution.

Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard. Eligibility will be determined by means of an interview with the admissions tutor and subject to confirmation with the Programme Director and final confirmation with the university.

Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

A non-honours undergraduate degree in a related subject from a UK university and relevant evidenced experience (normally equivalent to two years) or an equivalent certificated degree from a non-UK institution

Non-degree qualifications such as the Higher National Diploma or equivalent overseas qualifications, where the applicant has appropriate employment experience (normally equivalent to a minimum of three years)

Qualifications from relevant Professional Bodies, which are at a level below UK Honours Degree and relevant professional experience, (normally equivalent to a minimum of three years)

Currently, this course is open to UK and EU students, and any international students not on Tier 4 visas.

Course Cost £10,900. Students accepted onto the MA Music Business course can apply for a UK Government Postgraduate Master’s Loan. READ MORE




  • 20 credits / 40 hours tuition
    Assessment: Report

    The module provides students with a comprehensive and detailed foundation of managerial economics enhanced with lectures on the economics of global commercial entertainment. This module includes mapping and evaluation of current sources, routes and methods to financing creative projects.

  • 20 credits / 40 hours tuition
    Assessment: Case Study, Essay

    A module providing a detailed analysis of contracts, negotiation points and new business development strategies in the music and entertainment sectors, from a legal perspective. The module analyses current contracts for recording, publishing, management, live event, touring, festivals, new technology, IP licensing and start up business and creates a forum for discussion on strategies for deal brokering, negotiation and conflict resolution.

  • 20 credits / 40 hours tuition
    Assessment: Portfolio, Reflective Summary

    The module focuses on the interconnected and collaborative stakeholders and activities undertaken in the production, distribution and marketing of commercially released music. It begins with a mapping and critical evaluation of label, publisher and creative artist management in its historical context along with an analysis of how that landscape is evolving and adapting to competitive dynamics. The module continues with an audit of those key creative management entities, roles functions, budget and timeline variables. It also details all of the music and entertainment industry legal and contractual points covering recording, publishing, management, live, digital, synchronisation and brand licensing, new tools, techniques and case studies in the physical and digital worlds. Cases studies used will be based in the UK and the wider international music scene, and will include both major labels and independents.

    Students have an opportunity to work in groups to formulate and execute a professional commercial strategy and content for an independent music artist of your choosing, competing to win a small promotional budget supplied by Tileyard. Groups present analysis and feedback to invited guest speakers, tutors and contemporaries.


  • 20 credits / 40 hours tuition
    Assessment: Essay, Presentation

    This module explores and analyses the impact of new technology on the music and entertainment industries. This includes breaking down the components of the digital world, mapping key stakeholders and analysing start-up companies, platforms, applications and new technologies following the food chain of creation, production, distribution, marketing and sales. Case studies of start-up companies developing and adapting new technology for the music industry will be included alongside a new tech accelerator programme.

  • 20 credits / 40 hours tuition
    Assessment: Report, Presentation

    The module provides a critical evaluation and analysis of the principals and practices of marketing, both physical and digital, with specific reference to entertainment, youth, media and campaign driven marketing case studies. It will focus on the sociological, psychological and consumer behavioural dynamics inherent in branding, promotion and the communication of perceived value.
    New Technology in Music and Creative Entertainment.

  • 20 credits / 40 hours tuition
    Assessment: Portfolio

    A compact module providing a critical analysis and evaluation of the mechanics, income streams and associated costs of the live music, culture and event industry. The module will focus on managing individual live music concerts, UK and international touring, festivals, corporate and brand sponsored events, merchandising and the impact of digital technologies. Students will hear first-hand accounts of case studies from recent and current artists and other music professionals. A practical assessment will challenge students to host a live music event on site at Tileyard Studios.


  • 60 credits / 30 hours tuition
    Assessment: Report (12,000 words), Presentation

    This module provides the student with an opportunity to consolidate their learning into a business plan and investor presentation for a new product, service, or creative campaign. Initial classes will introduce the project and develop research skills. Deliverables include a full business plan, market research analysis, financials, any legal or IP ownership status, any prototypes or demo products or platforms, business team, timeline for deliverables, investor pitch and associated presentation. In addition to handing in their assessments for marking, students present their business case live to the Tileyard Studios investment fund.