Music Entrepreneurship (Certificate)

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Have you ever wondered about how you would make it in the music business? This program provides you with all the necessary tools you need to be a highly successful working musician.

Music entrepreneurship is a discipline that intersects the traditional music disciplines. Music entrepreneurship harnesses the skills and mindset of the entrepreneur to empower musicians to create work that is meaningful, sustainable and oriented to community and market need.

Students in a music degree program and students with a background in music benefit from the business, marketing and organizational skills they develop through the certificate courses as applied specifically to and within the arts.

At A Glance

Music Entrepreneurship (Certificate)

Application requirements

You are required to submit an application to the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre for the certificate in entrepreneurship.

1. Submit the Music Minor and Certificate application.
2. Your decision letter will be sent after faculty review your application. 

For questions regarding this program, please contact MDTAdmissions@asu.edu.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The undergraduate certificate in music entrepreneurship consists of 15 credit hours, of which at least 12 credit hours must be upper division. There are six credit hours of required coursework and the remaining nine credit hours are selected from the electives section. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Electives -- 9 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

The certificate in music entrepreneurship is meant to supplement study for music majors and nonmajors in any discipline with a music background. Students may be admitted to the certificate by submitting a statement of interest outlining their music background and personal goals through the School of Music, Dance and Theatre application. For further application details, students should visit the program website at https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/degree-programs/music-entrepreneurship-certificate.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

Graduates who have combined the certificate in music entrepreneurship with their major program of study may become more marketable to employers. They often decide to pursue employment in such industries as arts entertainment, music business, arts administration or performance. Career examples include arts administrator, business owner, community arts advocate, performing musician and public or community school teacher.