At Illinois State University, we are proud to offer the Bachelor of Science in Music Business degree. The Music Business sequence exposes musicians to the vast opportunities for careers in the music industry. Students examine topics from songwriting, revenue flow, industry mechanics, and entrepreneurial practices and visit with guest speakers ranging from classical music publishers to major label A&R people, from DIY punk musicians to hip-hop producers. The program culminates in time in a local recording studio and requires an internship in the field. In addition to the core music requirements, students need to complete 25 hours of coursework in the School of Music and the nationally recognized College of Business.
The Music Business degree enables students to develop their musical skills while preparing them to become leaders, thinkers, and creators in the new music industry.
Point of Pride
Music Business students capitalize on the opportunities to collaborate with each other in the music industry, including the student record label StuCo.
Why study Music Business?
Music is integral to a multitude of businesses. Our alumni find enjoyment in managing musicians, managing venues where music occurs, editing, owning their own music shop or private teaching studio, and working in copyright or mass media communications. Entrepreneurial students can benefit from this major as a conduit to working in the music industry.
To be considered for admittance into the music program at Illinois State, one must have extensive background in classical music and must complete a classical music audition.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. You will select your audition time within the application for admission.
Applying to the Program
- Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date—we'll email you with a confirmation for your audition.
- Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
- Visit your portal to upload:
- a letter of recommendation from a music professional
- a music resume