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Durham College was a great place to meet new people and everyone in my program was fantastic. I learned a lot of great things and now I'm ready to [...]

Manpreet Jhass
Music Business Management
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I am sincerely thankful for everything this program has done for me in the last three years. I knew I had a passion for music from the start, but t [...]

Brandi Carlton
Music Business Management (three-year)
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The Music Business Management program has given me an advantage over graduates from other music programs available. The experienced and highly educ [...]

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Music Business Management (three-year)
Music Business Administration/Music Business Management

Music Business Administration/Music Business Management

Music Business Administration/Music Business Management

Music Business Administration/Music Business Management

Music Business Administration (two-year)/Music Business Management (three-year)

The artists may be front and centre, but without the hard work of managers, agents, publicists, label reps, publishers, and the rest of the business team, few Canadian artists would be at the top of our favourite playlists. In these programs, students learn to book tours, negotiate contracts, manage artists and venues, design websites, market and promote product, plan events, network and much more. Durham College’s Music Business programs will prepare you to enter the music industry equipped with a solid foundation of business knowledge and plenty of hands-on experience.

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Program Description

This program will prepare you for a wide variety of music-based careers spanning:

  • Major and independent record labels in roles including marketing, publicity, promotion, sales, artists and repertoire and brand partnerships
  • Live music including tour management and booking, concert promotion and production and venue management
  • Music publishing and administration including positions in copyright collection societies, industry trade organizations, copyright administration, music licensing and music supervision
  • Artist management (e.g. managing a musician or managing one’s own musical career)
  • Digital music management including streaming services, social networks and online music retail
  • Event production including planning or managing live music events, conferences, workshops and more
  • Music production including recording services

You will develop skills in management, marketing, promotion and small business while learning the essentials of event production, live sound reinforcement, studio operations and media. Challenging careers are available for skilled administrators and managers who can market and manage entertainment events and revenues; harness social media; manage tours; work directly with performers as booking agents or managers; prepare promotional materials; plan and organize itineraries; and negotiate, interpret and enforce contracts.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG/EAE) (C or U) (minimum grade of 65 per cent)
  • Three senior-level credits

Note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For information, please contact or call 905.721.3000.

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Career Options


  • Artist booking agencies
  • Artist and tour management companies
  • Major and independent record labels
  • Marketing and promotions companies
  • Music licensing companies
  • Music publishing companies
  • Music production (live and recorded) companies
  • Venue management
  • Merchandising companies
  • Freelance
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$115$115
Total Fees:$4,106$14,278

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

One of the key strengths of the Music Business Management program is the fieldwork component, which offers students the opportunity to apply their new academic knowledge in a supervised workplace setting. For both semesters of the third year, students work for an industry organization on Thursdays and Fridays for a total of 210 hours per semester. This is an excellent opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the program, gain the basic skills necessary to compete for entry-level positions in a highly specialized field, and to make all-important industry contacts.

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  • code: MBAD
  • Program length: Four semesters/Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma/Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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