The constantly changing climate of the music business serves as the backdrop for the
Music Business Area which offers a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music
Undergraduate Music Business majors learn by studying a wide range of topics, including
Legal Aspects of the Music Industry, Record Contracts, Music Publishing, Artists Management,
Record Company Operations I and II, Internet Marketing and Distribution and International
Music Business. The Music Business emphasis is designed to combine real-life work
experience with classroom instruction in order to prepare graduates for entry and
mid-level careers in the music and entertainment industries, as well for a variety
of entrepreneurial opportunities as business owners and independent contractors.
Career opportunities for outstanding Music Business majors include positions at major
and independent companies in areas such as commercial and independent music production,
booking, artists and business management, marketing, promotion, publicity, music publishing
and entertainment law.
Faculty in the Music Business Area are active and well-established as singers, songwriters,
producers and/or record company executives. They have provided a variety of services
for performing artists, record labels, film companies and management agencies throughout
the country as attorneys, managers, marketing and public relations directors and booking
Our program also has two “sister" exchange programs in Europe: Buckinghamshire University
in the United Kingdom and Haarlem University in the Netherlands. These programs help
develop our entrepreneurial and global mission as well as expose our students to international
music industry practices.
Students are encouraged to become active members of the division's multiple student
organizations in order to gain hands-on experience working, interning and volunteering
with local and regional entertainment companies:
MEISA (Music and Entertainment Industry Students' Association) – A national organization
designed to connect students with industry professionals.
BlueT.O.M. (Tigers of Memphis) Records – Our student-run record label that gives students the
opportunity to operate their own record company and release their own music.
Grammy University – Student Chapter of the Recording Academy where students get the same benefits as
associated members but at a reduced price.