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Certificate in Music Business Fundamentals

Certificate At A Glance

3 Courses

9 Credit Hours

7 Weeks Per Course

SACSCOC Accredited University

Eligible for Financial Aid

World-Class Faculty

Course Descriptions

The Certificate in Music Business Fundamentals can be completed as a standalone program or as part of the Master of Arts in Live Entertainment Management or Master of Arts in Music Industry. In order to transfer credits into one of our master's degrees, students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the certificate courses. Course offerings vary by term and the length to completion for each certificate may change based on course availability. To earn a certificate, students must complete all three designated courses within two years and earn a minimum combined GPA of 3.0 and no less than a C- in any one course. Please note, a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in this certificate program.

This course provides an in-depth study of the essential provisions of the U.S. copyright law as they are related to music.

This course provides an in-depth study of the creative and business aspects, concepts and practices of the music publishing industry. The course covers the acquisition, exploitation, administration and protection of songs in the contemporary music publishing business. Students will also study the income sources, royalty rates and payment procedures currently used in the music industry as they apply to musical compositions. Music publishing agreements currently used for the acquisition and administration of songs are reviewed in-depth. Foreign music publishing issues are explored as related to domestic music publishing. Students will also learn how to create and operate their own music publishing company.

This course provides a study of the activities involved in commercially exploiting recorded music. The course includes an analysis of activities involved in the production, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of a recorded music product; as well as related royalty accounting, mechanical licensing and master-use licensing activities.


The program cost for the Certificate in Music Business Fundamentals is $9,990.00. Please contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Application Deadline

We are now accepting applications for the Certificate in Music Business Fundamentals. Please contact an enrollment advisor to learn more about enrollment deadlines and our next upcoming start date for this program.