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Graduate Certificate

The Business of Songwriting

Next semester
starts April 1



3 Courses (9 Credits) or $2,817 Per Course
Proof of a Bachelor's Degree Required
This program is ideal for songwriters who have a strong grasp on their craft and have already written a stellar collection of original songs, but just need the music business know-how to transform those songs into a long-lasting music career with a multitude of songwriting job opportunities. With Berklee’s renowned faculty sharing their insider strategies, you’ll emerge from this program with the skills to take advantage of the various music industry revenue streams and songwriting jobs available to you.

Course Requirements

3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Music Career Strategies: Brand Identity Development for Artists, Songwriters, and Producers (OSONG-505)
Erin Barra Patrick Ermlich
Level 5 - Enrollable Course
by Erin Barra and Patrick Ermlich

This course explores the intersection of branding and personal and creative identity, giving artists, songwriters, and producers useful career strategies to use when navigating their journey in the music business.

Songwriting Sync Success: The Art and Craft of Licensing, Film/TV, Advertising, and Production Music (OSONG-664)
Bleu McAuley
Level 6 - Enrollable Course
by Bleu McAuley

Songwriting Sync Success is a comprehensive look at the many enigmatic ways in which a professional songwriter can make a living beyond just “writing hits.” It draws directly from the author’s personal real-world experience to demystify these intriguing (and often lucrative) arenas of the industry.

Artistry, Innovation, and a Sustainable Career in the Music Industry (OSONG-676)
Sean Hagon
Level 6 - Enrollable Course
by Sean Hagon

This course highlights the many paths and combinations by which artists, performers, songwriters, producers, composers, and creators pursue their goals in music to get paid and build a sustainable career. Learn how to monetize essential income streams from publishing and licensing, to streaming, touring, social media, fan funding, sound design, production, and more.

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 Master's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


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