Music is our business (.....is it yours?)
In today’s fast changing, multi-billion dollar international music and entertainment industries, there are more record labels, publishers, media companies, distributors, retailers, and product manufacturers actively promoting the sale and use of music than ever before. As the market for music shifts away from physical products and traditional methods to digital online and mobile, a greater number of competent, highly-skilled executives and entrepreneurs will be needed to meet the specialized demands of the new music industry. Since 1964, the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program has been at the forefront of music business education. The MBEI program has been carefully designed to prepare qualified music business students for these emerging opportunities. We are proud to have been named as one of the top music business programs by Billboard each time they have published a list (2016, 2014, and 2011).
Our undergraduate program, where students earn a Bachelor of Music, features music, business, and music business courses combined in a rigorous curriculum. The program is inter-disciplinary with courses taken in the Frost School of Music, the School of Business, and the School of Communication. A business-related or communications-related minor in areas such as Marketing, Finance, Management, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, or Public Relations is built into to the program. While many of our students choose to pursue their professional careers right after graduation, others choose to enter law school to prepare for careers in entertainment law.
Our graduate program, where students earn a Master of Music, focuses primarily on music business courses, with the opportunity to pursue additional coursework in both the School of Business and School of Communications. We also offer the only joint degree Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries (M.M.).
MBEI students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while at the Frost School of Music. Our program includes two student-run enterprises, ‘Cane Records and Cat 5 Music Publishing. ‘Cane Records, is an independent student-run commercial record label, established in 1993, which has produced more than 20 albums to date, featuring a variety of music from Brahms to Hip-Hop to singer-songwriters. Cat 5 Music Publishing, is an independent student-run commercial music publishing company, established in 2002, which focuses on showcasing young, creative talent, and licensing music for recordings, professional films and TV. The Frost School of Music and the University of Miami provide numerous additional extra-curricular opportunities for our students to gain invaluable experience, including our own chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA), local membership in GRAMMY U, our own concert production association (Hurricane Productions), our own radio station (WVUM), our own television station (UMTV), and our campus newspaper (The Miami Hurricane).
The MBEI program features an internship in the music and entertainment industry, providing valuable real-world experience. The program is further complimented with guest speakers from every area of the industry at our weekly Music Business Forum.
MBEI graduates work in in major and independent record companies, music publishing companies, talent agencies, and many other areas of the music and entertainment business. The MBEI alumni network extends to every major music industry center in the U.S. Students are encouraged to develop their networking skills, which are vital in the music business, through interaction with our alumni, guest speakers, and fellow students.
Through participation in our student-run enterprises, extra-curricular activities, internships, and networking, our MBEI students begin their careers in the music business the day they come to study with us.
Our institution is a proud member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA). Our faculty have a rich history of leadership in MEIEA and have played a vital role in advancing the field of music industry education.
Welcome to the music business!