Music Business and Entertainment Industries Certificates (AP Live)

Graduate Music Business and Entertainment Industries Certificates

9 credit hours (per certificate)  |  Complete in as few as 16 weeks

Gain the focused, music business knowledge you need to amplify your career, with a 100% online Music Business and Entertainment Industries Certificate, only from Frost School of Music. Our graduate certificate programs are designed to give you the industry-relevant information to stand out in major and independent record companies, music publishing companies, and talent agencies.

From a study of music copyright law and international publishing to marketing and promotion techniques for influencing consumer behavior, you will gain the tools you need to meet the demands of a competitive industry. Entrepreneurs can learn how to package and manage a proprietary music business and make career decisions.

With four options to choose from, you can complete a certificate in as few as 16 weeks. With no minimum GPA on your bachelor's degree and no test scores required, it's easy to get started. Plus, transferable certificate credits* may be used to satisfy requirements for the Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries or Master of Arts in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management if you decide to apply for a full degree program.

To earn a certificate, students must complete all three designated courses within two years and earn a minimum combined GPA of 2.5 and no less than a C- in any one course.


Choose from these four specialized certificate programs:

Music Business Fundamentals

Music Copyright Law

Course number: MMI774  |  Credit hours: 3

A study of the essential provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and subsequent amendments and revisions. Students examine the unique complexities of copyright law as it relates to the music industry.

International Music Publishing

Course number: MMI673  |  Credit hours: 3

An in-depth study of the international publishing industry with an emphasis on catalog development and exploitation.

Recorded Music Operations

Course number: MMI637  |  Credit hours: 3

A study of the activities involved in commercially exploiting recorded music. Includes an analysis of activities involved in the production, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of a recorded music product; as well as related royalty accounting, mechanical licensing and master-use licensing activities.

Music Rights Administration and Licensing

Music Copyright Law

Course number: MMI774  |  Credit hours: 3

A study of the essential provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and subsequent amendments and revisions. Students examine the unique complexities of copyright law as it relates to the music industry.

International Music Publishing

Course number: MMI673  |  Credit hours: 3

An in-depth study of the international publishing industry with an emphasis on catalog development and exploitation.

International Music Licensing

Course number: MMI752  |  Credit hours: 3

Advanced music industry concepts and problems in music licensing. Personal rights and most varieties of music licenses and international licensing concepts are covered. Students acquire practical experience utilizing licensing parameters.

Legal Aspects of the Music Business

Music Copyright Law

Course number: MMI774  |  Credit hours: 3

A study of the essential provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and subsequent amendments and revisions. Students examine the unique complexities of copyright law as it relates to the music industry.

Music Industry Agreements

Course number: MMI750  |  Credit hours: 3

A study of various music industry agreements and how they affect the artist and songwriter. Recording, music publishing, and personal management agreements are analyzed and discussed. Topics include negotiation considerations, deal points, record company economics, and profitability.

Legal Aspects of the Live Entertainment Industry

Course number: MMI738  |  Credit hours: 3

Students become familiar with various Artist, Client, Production, Vendor and Facility Contracts and Agreements commonly used in the industry.

Music Entrepreneurship

Music Copyright Law

Course number: MMI774  |  Credit hours: 3

A study of the essential provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and subsequent amendments and revisions. Students examine the unique complexities of copyright law as it relates to the music industry.

Entrepreneurship for Musicians

Course number: MMI630  |  Credit hours: 3

Course explores a wide range of options for musicians who want to pursue music business careers in their regional music markets. Students examine opportunities in performance, recording, composition, education, and more. Emphasis is placed on the packaging of musical skills in the marketplace and on the financial management of a small proprietary music business. As a result, the student musician will be prepared to make career decisions with foresight and planning.

Marketing and Promotion in the Entertainment Industry

Course number: MMI643  |  Credit hours: 3

Students learn how to fulfill demand and influence consumer behavior through effective marketing techniques. The course provides the students with information on the latest technologies being employed to reach and communicate with target consumers.


*Students accepted to the Master of Arts in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management or Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries degree programs may only transfer nine credit hours (1 certificate) into the master's program.

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