The University of North Texas to Debut an MBA in Music Business This Fall

The music business MBA is expected to provide a collaborative experience for aspiring music professionals by combining business administration and music entrepreneurship curricula.

The University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business and UNT’s College of Music together will be initiating a Master of Business Administration degree in music business for the 2020 fall semester.

The collaborative program promotes an interdisciplinary mindset of business administration and music entrepreneurship curricula for aspiring music professionals, according to the university.

“There are very few such degrees offered in American higher education today, and none to our knowledge within a public-university context. This new partnership leverages the strengths and expertise of two distinguished faculties and provides an impressive, interdisciplinary curriculum at a terrific value,” College of Music Dean John Richmond said in a statement.

Students will have access to resources that act as building blocks for stronger communities and financially stable careers. The program is open to all musical backgrounds and will feature education in management, marketing, finance, and media, among other skills.

“The MBA in music business brings together UNT’s world class College of Music with its highly ranked Masters of Business Administration in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. This innovative degree gives musicians the business skills they need to succeed in their careers along with access to a whole new set of entrepreneurial and management opportunities,” G. Brint Ryan College of Business Dean Marilyn Wiley said in a statement.

The music business MBA was heavily inspired by the College of Music’s existing Music Business and Entrepreneurship program, which was listed in Billboard’s Top Music Business Schools. The program annually awards $20,000 in cash prizes to student entrepreneurs through the UNT Music Entrepreneurship Competition.

UNT previously introduced the world’s first Jazz Studies degree program in 1947, then in 2018 launched a new intercollegiate, interdepartmental curriculum in Music for Media.

The Music for Media program is in collaboration with the Department of Media Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and features music scoring for film, games, TV, and other digital media.

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