Music Business prepares students to work in professions such as arts administration, the recording industry, talent management, non-profit arts organizations, entertainment law, film music, the digital/internet music industry, radio/television, music publishing, music retail/merchandising, and public relations/marketing. Coursework includes legal and career aspects of the music industry, accounting, computer science, economics, and related prerequisite coursework for the MBA. Students develop necessary skills in artistic management, communication/writing, entrepreneurial awareness, organizational structures and negotiation. Internships with corporate and non-profit arts organizations are required during the Junior/Senior years of study, in preparation for careers in the globally-competitive music industry.
Preferred entrance requirements
In addition to appropriate musical background, talent and skills necessary for all auditioned music majors, these are related abilities, experiences and attributes preferred for success in the Music Business Program:
- An awareness, and strong personal vocation, involving the music industry
- Positive communication, presentation, organization and writing skills
- An entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic
- The desire to represent and advocate for artists, artistic organizations, and the cultural welfare of the community/society
- If possible, previous courses and/or background in business, marketing, economics, public relations, and related fields
- Appropriate computer skills, technology aptitude and internet experience
- Real-life employment experience, preferably in the arts and related experiences
- An understanding and flexibility encompassing global artistic/business interactions
- Other appropriate music, business, and personal attributes supportive to this demanding and competitive profession
Prospective students must audition on their primary instrument before an audition committee on one of four annual audition dates.
Auditions and Advising
1. Apply to Wayne State at www.admissions.wayne.edu
3. Submit an Audition Form to the Department of Music at least three weeks prior to the date of your choice. Auditions take place each November (for January admission), February, March, and May (for September admission). Students will audition on their primary instrument before an audition committee. On audition day, prospective students will take a Music Theory Placement Exam (15-20 minutes), which indicates the level of theory class appropriate for the first semester of study.
Note: Even if WSU has accepted outside music classes, they will need to be secondarily approved by the Department of Music.
If you are switching declared majors within Wayne State go through steps 2, 3, and 4, and meet with University Advising, 1600 UGL, 577-2680. Advising will provide a Change of Major form, which must be signed by both your previous department and the Department of Music.