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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Music Business Program

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

"College of Arts & Media’s Music Business program 
provides you with indispensable knowledge and skills to
make it in the music business."


Whether you’re already an enterprising​ individual wishing to make the most of your musical passions, or just a musician looking to manage your own livelihood, the College of Arts & Media’s Music Business program provides you with the indispensable skills for both professional careers and personal ​organization, from managing artists to concert promotions, record production to music publishing.

Education for Future Professionals…

Classes cover all areas of artist and music management—marketing, promotion, financial analysis, music production, legal aspects—and are taught by veterans in the music industry.  Whether you’re looking to manage a recording studio, a concert venue, or are interested in copyright and entertainment law, the College of Arts & Media combines a thorough academic curriculum with internship and extracurricular opportunities. 

You won’t have to go far to gain valuable experience in your field: a record label, production and events management club, program council, and local chapter of the Music Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) are all located on the Auraria campus.

  • CAM Records: The student-run record label of the College of Arts & Media is responsible for recording, producing, and distributing original albums.  Previous recordings include Billboard’s Top 40 recording artists, the Fray.
  • Music Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA): The CU Denver’s student section of the national organization involves students in real-world activities in the music business.

Taught by Professionals

Our faculty members know the ropes of the music business.  After all, they’ve spent years working in it, and they relentlessly participate in and research their fields so they are better able to provide you with the most up-to-date instruction based on current trends—and, of course, timeless truths.  Additionally, their connections in “the biz” allow students the opportunity to connect with individuals, businesses, and bands both regionally and nationally to pursue their chosen paths. 

Both in and out of the classroom, faculty members provide you with the solid support and motivation you will need to succeed in the enthralling business of music.  To learn more about your future mentors, select their name to visit their web pages, or visit the faculty home page.

The Bachelor of Science in Music Degree

Students pursuing careers in Music Business receive a Bachelor of Science in Music from the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts & Media, a degree awarded by the University of Colorado Denver.

This degree is designed for students who are interested in professional careers in music, including music composition and performance, recording, business, and entertainment.  Students can select classes that lead to local, regional, and national careers in audio research, production companies, art administration, and audio engineering—to name just a few. This four-year program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. All applicants for a Bachelor of Science in Music degree must pass an entrance audition before being accepted (except for those focusing on Music Industry Studies).

Going Places

As a Music Business graduate from the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program, the career opportunities available to you are as limitless as your motivation and imagination.  Here are just a few of the options available to this program’s graduates.

  • Artist manager
  • Booking agent
  • Music publisher
  • Copyright specialist
  • Music merchandising/marketing
  • Concert promoter
  • Record producer
  • Telecommunications
  • Venue management
  • Recording studio/production
  • Facility manager


A student wishing to study in the Music Business program must be admitted as both a student of the University of Colorado Denver, and as a student of the College of Arts & Media. Admission into the College of Arts & Media is selective, and based on several factors including previous academic records, standardized test scores, and audition performance. For more information on entrance requirements please see MEIS Major Entrance Requirements – Fall 2016 Semester​​​.

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the Music Business program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor.​​