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Created for today's new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st Century. Developed in conjunction with the industry this course is the first of its kind in Europe and designed for the new breed of artists; it covers the most important aspects for individuals to manage themselves in this rapidly evolving industry.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Are you an aspiring musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, beat-maker or DJ with a passion for music and a strong sense of your brand?
The UK music industry contributed £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, (Music By Numbers UK Music) and employed an estimated 315,000 people in music, performing and visual arts (DCMS 2020) so the opportunities are vast. Today's new DIY music environment is fast moving and innovative meaning you'll need a whole range of skills and talents to succeed.
By studying a degree in Music Performance Management you'll learn to develop and manage yourself as a brand and business as well as gain a broad understanding of the operations of the music industry.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied here 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, Holland and Sweden and have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.
Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our courses which means you'll graduate with up to date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.
You’ll be able to take advantage of BNU's strong industry links to find excellent work placement opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.
UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music. UK Music also has an informal association with LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment).
MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music, and is designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and educational institutions in order to inform the next generation of industry professionals.
MAP does this by nurturing collaborative projects, such as research and careers events, panel events, various education and skills work, policy work, and career opportunities. Fundamentally MAP provides extra opportunities to individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music. This helps to future-proof the music industry by ensuring new entrants have the right mix of experience and skills.
What facilities can I use?
Our state-of-the-art recording studios give you access to the space and technology you need, from individual edit rooms to large Pro Tools HD studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths.
What will I study?
Created for today's music industry environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st century.
There will be a strong focus on online digital promotion and marketing techniques as well as learning about music publishing, contracts, intellectual property and entrepreneurship.
There's an emphasis on the analysis of music through the study of genres, a unique A&R ('artists and repertoire') module and performance workshops run by experienced music industry professionals where you will receive mentoring on how to improve aspects of your music.
You'll spend time in the studio exploring production techniques and in your third year, learn how to set up your own production company.
How will I be taught and assessed?
A variety of assessment methods will be used to best reflect the modules you take. You'll work on in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Each assessment will be appropriate to the task at hand and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Entertainment Industry Framework
Introduction to Recording
Professional Performance Reflection
The DIY Musician
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Pro tools
Professional Performance Context
Year 2 Modules
The Music Entrepreneur
Recording and mixing techniques
Creative Audio Production (optional)
Professional Performance & Musicianship (optional)
IP and the Music Industry
Professional Performance Practice
Professional Performance Application
Year 3 Modules
Professional Production Project
Music Industry Issues
Professional Performance Strategy
Professional Performance Entrepreneurship
Placement Plus (optional)
Social Media Marketing
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
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. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Music Performance Management course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in areas such as:
- Commercial and public radio
- Record labels
- Artist management companies
- Royalty collection
- Venue management
- Festivals and events.
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.