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Music Business Overview
The music business major is an interdisciplinary program, combining courses from music and business to set students with a passion for music apart in the business world. This major is designed to prepare you for leadership roles through expertise in strategic planning, management, marketing and artistic planning. You will have experience with both live and recorded music management, and be fluent in music-specific business issues such as copyright, publishing, and performance rights. You will also identify business opportunities within the music world and focus on planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the use of resources to accomplish performance goals in music organizations.
Chatham's music business major prepares students for a range of career paths because music study teaches students readily transferable skills such as focus, perseverance, and entrepreneurial thinking, and specific business courses add an extra layer to this preparation by providing students that are passionate about music with in-depth work in related areas that can even more directly lead to careers in and around music.
– Michael Boyd, associate professor of music and music program coordinator
Explore the Music Business Degree:
Students are able to tailor the program to their interests in music, while also receiving a solid background in business that sets them up for success.
- Chatham’s music business program combines the benefits of a smaller institution, such as the ability to work one-on-one with faculty in lessons and courses, with the advantages of living in a city that offers resources and opportunities at larger neighboring institutions.
- All students complete a capstone seminar that channels the knowledge they’ve accumulated into a discipline-specific project under close faculty guidance. Chatham is one of the few universities across the country that offer such an independent and student-driven program.
- The music faculty, all of whom are professional musicians with strong artistic achievements, work closely with all students and are strongly committed to the highest standards in teaching.
Intro to Music Business
The course presents a broad overview of the music industry and covers topics such as recording, distribution, publishing, promotion, and artist management. Students will explore a range of career possibilities and develop strategies for pursuing career paths of interest.
Legal Issues in Music Performance and Production
The course focuses on legal issues specific to the performance and production of music. Topics include copyright, publishing, licensing, performance rights, royalties, artist management, and digital distribution.
Through the use of case studies, assignments, and class projects, this course familiarizes students with the distinctiveness of nonprofit organizations and their management. Specific topics include marketing and fundraising, budgeting, personnel management and supervision, strategic planning and implementation, environmental and program evaluation, and managing inter-organizational networks.
Sound Recording Basics
In this course students learn basic principles of sound recording and apply those concepts to an area of personal significance such as music performance.
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If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.
Rounding Out Your Education
Complement your degree with a minor in communication or another related field.
Join the Club
Through outlets like the Music Club, students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, innovative, and self-directive.
Non-Profits in Pittsburgh
The non-profit sector is a very strong part of the Pittsburgh community, with lots of internship and career opportunities.
Graduates are well-positioned to take on roles across the music industry, including radio, and in the non-profit sector in an administrative capacity. They might also run live performance venues, work in the recorded music industry, work for a performing rights organization, or in publishing. For those wishing to pursue higher education, it’s also excellent background for business school.
Three Questions for Music Students
Nestled in the lesser known Laughlin building at Chatham University—James Laughlin Music Hall—is a music program that hits all of the right notes. Thanks to ample performance opportunities, private instruction from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members, and music-specific scholarships, our musical students flourish.