Music Business

The Music Business program is an innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for today’s music industry. The certificate and degree with a music business emphasis are designed for both the performing musician and the business student with limited performing experience. This program combines a flexible curriculum with an emphasis in business and marketing, along with music industry related courses and experiences.

Program Codes

3017 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Music Business
5258 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Music Business 

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Program Contacts

Ron Marschall
Director Music Industry Studies
Phone: (480) 423-6466

Summer Contact:
Music Building, Room MUS-139
Phone: (480) 423-6333

Transfer Options

Transfer of credits may vary depending on the institution. Contact an Academic Advisor for more information on credit transfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to:

The Music Business program provides three (3) possible areas of focus:

  • Business and Marketing
  • Music Production
  • Performance

Representative job titles:

13-1011.00 - Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
27-4011.00 - Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
27-2099.00 - Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
39-3099.00 - Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other
27-2041.04 - Music Composers and Arrangers
27-2042.00 - Musicians and Singers
27-2042.02 - Musicians, Instrumental
27-2041.00 - Music Directors and Composers
27-2041.01 - Music Directors
27-2012.01 - Producers
27-2012.00 - Producers and Directors
27-3043.05 - Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
27-2012.03 - Program Directors
27-3012.00 - Public Address System and Other Announcers
27-3031.00 - Public Relations Specialists
27-3011.00 - Radio and Television Announcers
27-2042.01 - Singers
27-4014.00 - Sound Engineering Technicians

Employment outlook

The earnings brought in by music artists vary drastically and the music business presents myriad obstacles and intricacies. Some musicians enjoy huge earnings, while others make relatively little. Artists, as well as their representatives, that achieve superstar status and global recognition often boast millions of dollars in revenue, while unknown acts playing small clubs and bars hardly make any money at all. Of course, a middle ground also exists for touring musicians that have amassed a loyal fan base but have yet to break into the mainstream. 

Music industry careers are often gigs or freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities as opposed to full-time positions. Many music industry professionals either create their own businesses or must have a diverse portfolio of skills related to the industry in order to obtain many different part-time gigs that will equal a full-time career. This is true for seasoned professional musicians and music industry professionals, not just those new to the field. 

Learning Opportunities
  • Hands-on lab environments
  • Performance opportunities
  • Workshops with professional producers and artists
  • Internships