Diploma in Music Business

Overview

The BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business is designed to provide students with a skillset specifically aimed at future employment in fields as diverse as Music Promotion and Marketing, Artist Management, Tour Management, Physical and Digital Music Distribution, e-commerce in the Music Industry, Music Publishing and Recording, Live Music Events and Touring and PROs.

The course is perfectly suited to individuals with no prior knowledge of the industry who wish to use it as a springboard for further study or entrepreneurship. It also offers music industry professionals and musicians the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the business side of their careers on a part time basis, while continuing their professional practice.

An extensive range of tutorials, masterclasses and industry workshops will complement the curriculum, ensuring that that students are fully supported and connected to the existing BIMM community of artists and performers, and exposed to a wider network of industry opportunities.

This course, like all qualifications at BIMM Institute Dublin, is delivered by tutors with experience working at the highest levels of the music business, which ensures that our delivery of this qualification will be distinctive, relevant and uniquely cutting edge.

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Fees for the Diploma in Music Business are €1,950.

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Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • RECORDED MUSIC INDUSTRY

    This module will focus on the recorded side of the business spanning the entire process from early recording stages to production, distribution, artwork and marketing. This module will give students a broad understanding of the fundamentals involved in getting your music released and the inner workings of a record label, including outlining the terms of recording contracts, rights management, digital marketing campaigns and the revenue gathering strategies surrounding streaming.

  • LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    Indicative study topics within this module will include how to book and advance shows, tour management and the roles of a booking agent and concert promoter. Other areas covered in this module include a detailed study of the financial and budgetary aspects of live shows, as well as the roles of essential personnel, event logistics and Health & Safety requirements. Students will learn how to promote their own shows using traditional and new digital methods, while also acquiring the skills needed to engage with professionals within the live industry. The module will also give students an understanding of the terms contained in contracts and agreements, such as those used by booking agents and concert promoters.

  • MUSIC PUBLISHING

    The Music Publishing module will focus on the copyright of a song and delve into the terms contained in publishing agreements, the exploitation of works, song synchronisation and performance royalties. The module will give a practical understanding of the inherent rights attached to the publishing side of a song, how to protect works and the contemporary developments within music publishing services. Other aspects of music publishing covered within this module include the role of collection societies, income streams from brand association and opportunities presented by technological advances such as social media and streaming.

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Minimum requirements

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Cert level. Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

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Progression

Graduates can progress directly to a career in the music industry in entrepreneurial areas such as artist management, A&R, events, marketing, media law, merchandising, music publishing, journalism and tour management.

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How to apply

All applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an application form call +353 1 5133 666. Irish students will be invited to attend an audition and assessment. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form for a demo audition/assessment.

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We’re proud to welcome students from all around the world. Our dedicated International Team is on hand to help with applications, visas, accommodation, settling in and much more.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Part-time
Length of course:
1 year
Awarding Institution:
BIMM Dublin
Teaching Institution:
BIMM Dublin
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business
Admissions criteria:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Cert level. Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Teaching this course

BIMM Tutors

From performing with Red Hot Chili Peppers and playing guitar on The Commitments soundtrack, to vocal coaching Bono and being frontman for the indie band JJ72, our BIMM Dublin tutors have done it all. Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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Success Stories

Our students prove that talent and hard work are an impressive mix, with many forging a career in the music industry as performers and music industry professionals.

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