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Advanced Professional Certificate

Music Business

Next semester starts April 5



9 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,497 Per Course
Only $12,125.70 when paid all at once

The implications of innovation in the music business extend to management, marketing, licensing, publishing, distribution, touring, finance, and more. With a Berklee music business certificate, you will gain more than a credential that offers you an edge over the competition; you will be best positioned to forge ahead as a trailblazer in the music business models of the future. Whether you’re an entrepreneur with or without a business plan, a business-minded musician, or anywhere in between, this program is designed to turn music industry aspirations into realities.

Course Requirements

9 Courses to Complete this Certificate (6 Required, plus 3 Electives)

6 Required Courses

Music Business 101 (OMBUS-110)
John Kellogg
Level 1 Course
by John Kellogg

Gain a broad overview of the music business and learn how the various segments of the industry operate on a day-to-day basis. Discover the career opportunities that are available to you, and the knowledge you'll need to achieve your goals.

Music Publishing 101 (OMBUS-270)
Eric Beall
Level 2 Course
by Eric Beall

Create and operate your own publishing company, and learn how to effectively promote and place your songs into income-generating opportunities.

Music Business Trends and Strategies (OMBUS-240)
Mike King
Level 2 Course
by Mike King

Gain a forward-thinking approach to the key issues that all musicians, music industry entrepreneurs, managers, and music business professionals face in the main segments of the music industry, and how to leverage the opportunities that the new music business provides.

Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (OMBUS-380)
Don Gorder Valerie Lovely Steve Masur
Level 3 Course
by Valerie Lovely, Steve Masur, and Don Gorder

Build your music career with an understanding of the legal issues that are of special concern to musicians and songwriters, and take a focused look at the important legal changes that have evolved as a result of the shift in the music business landscape.

Creative Entrepreneurship (OMBUS-391)
Panos Panay Ken Zolot
Level 3 Course
by Panos Panay and Ken Zolot

Leverage your creativity for business innovation and develop the mindset, knowledge, and insights required to pursue an entrepreneurial track, whether as the steward of your own career or as the founder of a new business in any creative field.

Touring 101 (OMBUS-250)
Bruce Houghton
Level 2 Course
by Bruce Houghton

Learn the skills, tools, and tricks that every musician and music industry professional needs to build a successful and profitable career from their first gig to their first national tour.

Upon Completion of this Certificate Program, You'll Receive:

  • Professional credential from the world leader in music education
  • Credits that may be eligible for transfer toward a Bachelor's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


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