A crowd watching a music concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

Step beyond textbooks and learn directly from the professionals who engage with the music business program. Hear how a music festival operates from a founder of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Get the scoop about recording contracts or touring from Big Head Todd or Griz as well as members of Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Phish. Discover the opportunities in agency and management or other careers from folks in firms that have represented Elton John, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen and/or run major labels, publishing companies, marketing firms, and more.

The Certificate in Music Business is a 3-course, 9-credit program covering concepts and practical skills involving the contemporary music business.  This certificate prepares you to understand and navigate an industry unlike no other. The primary function is to offer graduates a fundamental understanding of the music business marketplace by learning the vocabulary and workings of the industry, identifying major stakeholders, and exploring career and entrepreneurial opportunities within this growing field.  Whether you’re preparing for a career as a performer or plan to impact the industry with a supporting role as a producer or engineer, at a record label or publisher, in concert promotion, as an agent or artist manager, as legal representation, or an array of other endeavors, the certificate lays the foundation for a career in an evolving, exploding and fast-paced industry.

Office in Rockwell West, Room 210E
(970) 491.4308

Chuck Morris, Director Music Business

Eric M. Griffin, Assistant Director Music Business

Effective Fall 2022

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

BUS 361Principles of Music Marketing3
BUS 362Making Money in Music3
BUS 363Concerts and Live Events3
Program Total Credits:9