Online Music Business Courses

Our 12-week online music business courses are authored and taught by industry experts and the same renowned instructors that teach at Berklee College of Music's Boston campus.

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Credits transfer to hundreds of other colleges and universities
  • Many Berklee Online courses apply toward certificates and degree programs

    OLMSC-130
    Applied Mathematics for Musicians
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Build your own knowledge of, and confidence in, math in practical ways that relate directly to the world of music. This action-oriented course is designed specifically for those who find math intimidating or who feel that their math skills have become rusty.
    OMBUS-235
    Artist Management
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Explore the role and importance of an artist manager, what they do, and how it impacts the career of the artist and their brand.
    OLSOC-200
    Business Communications
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn effective techniques for choosing the right format, tone, and message for diverse audiences and the most appropriate way to deliver the message.
    OLART-400
    Career and Job Success in the Music Industry
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore the four dimensions of career development: clarifying your professional value, focusing the opportunity lens, advancing personal growth strategies, and orchestrating a successful job search. Throughout the course, you will hear from Berklee alumni and employers about what it takes to succeed in the music industry in today’s shifting climate.
    OMBUS-260
    Concert Touring
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the preparations and logistics involved in developing, budgeting, and executing a successful tour, from small club dates to international stadium shows.
    OMBUS-385
    Copyright Law
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Understand the basics of how your creative works are protected by copyright law, what rights you have as a content owner, and how to leverage your copyrights to generate income.
    OENTR-391
    Creative Entrepreneurship
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OMBUS-320
    International Music Marketing: Developing Your Music Career Abroad
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain an in-depth knowledge of the time, expertise, and strategy required for musicians and managers to release, market, publish, tour, and export music in the global music industry.
    OLART-111
    Introduction to College Writing
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    The overall focus of this course is for you to develop academic writing and expository prose techniques for creating clear and coherent written works. The course covers a wide range of skills necessary for college-level work, including elements of argumentation, sentence-level issues, paragraph structure, organization, form, and style.
    OLMSC-150
    Introduction to Computer Programming for Musicians
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Musicians and music industry professionals who wish to create their own computer applications or utilize the programming capabilities in music software will be able to read, understand, and modify basic code in a variety of languages. You will also learn to approach a programming project, whether in music creation software, web-based applications, or business software, with an organized, logical approach.
    OMBUS-380
    Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    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.
    OMBUS-110
    Music Business 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OMBUS-475
    Music Business Finance
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a hands-on understanding of music business finance. Learn to apply the critical tools of financial analysis to leverage talent, assess the potential of music enterprises, and drive new music businesses.
    OMBUS-360
    Music Business Leadership and Ethics
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain the leadership tools and the ethical decision-making framework you need to make sound business decisions in real time.
    OMBUS-240
    Music Business Trends and Strategies
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OMBUS-496
    Music Licensing
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn how to make money through creative licensing of your music! In this course, you'll discover how to create new avenues for placement of your own music, identify current opportunities for your copyrights, and how to use online resources to introduce your music to music supervisors, ad creatives, video game producers, and more.
    OMBUS-125
    Music Marketing 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the basics behind marketing and selling your music! Music Marketing 101 provides artists, managers, and business entrepreneurs with the foundational music marketing skill set they'll need to succeed and thrive in the new music business.
    OMBUS-270
    Music Publishing 101
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Create and operate your own publishing company, and learn how to effectively promote and place your songs into income-generating opportunities.
    OMBUS-495
    Music Supervision
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn the ins and outs of music supervision, from both the artist and the supervisor standpoint. Understand the tools used by production teams, and discover the creative approaches, negotiation techniques, and licensing practices essential for artists who are interested in generating income from film or TV placements or students who want a career in music licensing.
    OMBUS-220
    Music Venue Management
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn what it takes to launch and run a successful live music venue. Explore the inner-workings of establishing and running nightly shows at a music club, in addition to the key stakeholders who make or break a live-club event, including the talent buyer, publicist, promoter, artist manager, employees, booking agents, and the ticket-buying fans.
    OLSOC-226
    New Media Economics: Music, Mobile, Gaming, and Online Markets
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    In this advanced beginner-level economics course, explore how technological innovation and convergence impact the production and consumption of media content, including music, mobile, games, and online content.
    OMBUS-274
    Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Take an in-depth look at the tools and emerging technologies artists can use to generate interest in their music, acquire new fans, and sell their music online.
    OLSOC-180
    Project Management for Musicians
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Working in the music industry involves a never-ending series of projects. These projects come in all sizes, budgets, and levels of complexity, but for each, setting up a process for planning, executing, and monitoring your work is crucial in achieving your goals. Project Management for Musicians will provide you with an overall approach, with many specific tools, to help you successfully complete your music industry-related projects