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Music Business Diploma


Program Overview

The Music Business Program (MBP) is an intensive course of study that prepares students for careers in the music business and entertainment industry. This course will help artists, producers, and performers understand how business partners with creativity. Classes explore the way projects are pitched, sold, copyrighted, produced, marketed, and delivered.

Students will receive training in promotion, marketing, management, graphic and web design, video and audio production, and publishing. It will prepare students for a diverse variety of career possibilities, from working with established record, publishing, and production companies to branching out and creating their own production and record companies.

Over the course of three semesters, this program covers:

Semester 1: Introduction to Copyright and Music Publishing, Industry Perspectives, and Audio in Media

Semester 2: The Record Business, Entertainment Media Distribution, and Video Production

Semester 3: Business and Legal Foundations, Contemporary Entertainment Marketing, and Multimedia and Web Development

Diploma in Music Business

  • Chicago, IL


Technical Skills

  • Presentation Design
  • Production for New Media
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Gantt Charting
  • Guerilla Marketing

Professional Skills

  • Entertainment Management
  • Crowd Funding
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • Promotion & Advertising
  • Pitching & Presenting
  • Merchandising
  • Artist Management
  • Organizing Street Teams
  • Event & Tour Production


Career Options

  • A&R Assistant
  • Associate Producer
  • Administrative Manager
  • Advertising Agent
  • Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Assistant
  • Artist Liaison
  • Artist Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Booking Manager
  • Brand/Product Management Assistant
  • Business Affairs Assistant
  • Business Development Assistant
  • Catalog Manager
  • Content Editor
  • Contract Manager
  • Copy Writer/Editor
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Electronic Technician
  • Entrepreneur
  • Licensing Assistant
  • Manager
  • Media Relations
  • Event Planner
  • Merchandiser
  • Music Director
  • Music Publisher
  • Personal Assistant
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Promoter
  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Publicist
  • Radio Time Salesperson
  • Retail Buyer
  • Street Team


SAE Music Business graduates have the opportunity to work with established record, publishing, management and production companies as well as taking the entrepreneurial path toward creating their own business. View the full list here.


Music Business Diploma
Semester 1
Intro to Copyright and Music PublishingIndustry PerspectivesAudio in Media
Semester 2
The Record BusinessEntertainment Media DistributionVideo Production
Semester 3
Business and Legal FoundationsContemporary Entertainment MarketingMultimedia and Web Development
  • Music Business Course
  • Creative Media Course
Semester 1
Intro to Copyright and Music Publishing
Industry Perspectives
Audio in Media
Semester 2
The Record Business
Entertainment Media Distribution
Video Production
Semester 3
Business and Legal Foundations
Contemporary Entertainment Marketing
Multimedia and Web Development
  • Music Business Course
  • Creative Media Course

Key facts


    12 Months


    Jan 2019


    Enroll By: 14 Jan 2019

    Start Date: 14 Jan 2019

    End Date: 13 Dec 2019



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $22,000.00
Music Business Package: $620.00
Technology Fee: $1,079.00



Calculate the estimated cost of attendance with the Net Price Calculator.

Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. SAE Institute also offers monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. These payments comply with state and federal requirements.

Class Schedule

Class sizes are limited to maximize individual attention. Please refer to the campus catalog for specific class times or contact the campus to determine class time availability. Not all class times are offered every semester. Students also attend practical lab sessions, and these hours are scheduled on an individual basis during hours of school operation, and the maximum number of students is based on the number of available stations. Extra lab time may be reserved without additional charge, subject to availability. Students may also be required to attend seminars/workshops for specific courses. Please refer to the Workshop Component section in the course catalog for details.