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
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    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: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore the role and importance of an artist manager, what they do, and how it impacts the career of the artist and their brand.
    OMBUS-657
    Artist Management in the Music Business


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    This course is an in-depth exploration of the strategy behind effective artist management. Through case-scenario analysis, you will learn the key ingredients for successful artist management/artist relationships, in addition to approaches for growing and sustaining artists' careers, and much more.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    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: $1,197
    Non-credit: $1,050
    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: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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-537
    Data Analytics in the Music Business


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    This course will help you gain a deep understanding of the role of data in the business of music, balancing theoretical concepts, illustrative case studies, and practical application. When used correctly, data about artists and music serve as invaluable tools, allowing companies to measure performance accurately and understand the current market, informing decisions with real facts and figures, and providing insight into how existing processes may be made more efficient.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    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: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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-555
    Music Business Finance for Entrepreneurs


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Music Business Finance for Entrepreneurs breaks down finance into three digestible components: (1) determining and understanding financial calculations, both focused on the music industry in particular, as well as used more broadly across industries; (2) money, markets, and the music business; and (3) funding music.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMBUS-595
    Music Business Law


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    In this course, you will analyze the most important legal issues in the contemporary music industry, including how these issues began, how they have evolved, and where they are headed. You will explore copyright law, including fair use and public domain, and how it affects sampling, interpolation, mashups, and more.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    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-692
    Music Business Management and Leadership


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    In this course, students will enhance their understanding of leadership core competencies for professional development, apply that leadership awareness to their managerial capabilities in multiple business environments, and implement change management techniques as tactical strategy for competitive advantage within the music industry.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMBUS-664
    Music Business Policy


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Music policy determines what is possible in the evolving global marketplace for music. It is no longer enough to learn the nuts and bolts of the business; long-term sustainability also requires a working knowledge of the laws and regulations around the world. The goal of this course is to expand your knowledge base around policy and cultivate leadership to help solve persistent problems in the global music industry.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMBUS-505
    Music Business Revenue Streams


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    In this course, you will evaluate and analyze how revenue is generated in the music business, examining both the history and current status of the various revenue streams and their impact on participants in the industry.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMBUS-240
    Music Business Trends and Strategies
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,197
    Non-credit: $1,050
    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: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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-676
    Music Marketing: Strategy for Consumer Brands


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    The goal of this course is to position you to conceptualize, build, and execute best-in-class music campaigns for consumer brands in a professional, real-world context through research, analysis, presentation, and critique. You will learn to make appropriate alignments between brands and artists and devise strategies for campaigns that have measurable outcomes, such as KPIs (key performance indicators) and ROI (return on investment), that inform further investment.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    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: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Music supervision stands at the center of two very powerful groups in the music industry: the creators of the music and the film and TV productions that rely on music to help tell and sell their story to the public. This course explores the ins and outs of music supervision, so that you will be able to function effectively on either side of a licensing transaction.
    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: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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
    OMBUS-522
    The Business of Music Marketing


    Graduate

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    In this course you will gain a professional-level knowledge of cutting edge marketing techniques essential for any music-centric business.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.