Music Business

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

Entrance Requirements   
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

2. Required prior to the Music Department Audition/Interview: A one-page Professional Resume and one-page Career Objectives Statement are required, in addition to a successful WSU Music Department Audition, for entrance into the Music Business degree program. One-page Resume and Career Objectives Statement should be directed to: Norah Duncan IV

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.

4. Once accepted, meet with DeAnna Johnson, Academic Advisor for Music, for advising by scheduling an appointment using For all advising meetings you should bring copies of your transcripts, current class schedule if not available on your transcripts. When accepted to Wayne State you'll be assigned a WSU Academica account were you can access and print this information.
Note: Even if WSU has accepted outside music classes, they will need to be secondarily approved by the Department of Music.