BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Music Business



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Nurture your creative flair for music while developing useful skills as an entrepreneur with our BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Music Business degree. This course is perfect if you’re wanting to self-manage your own band or project, release your own material, develop your live presence and expand your horizons.

Throughout the course, you’ll focus on performance, technique, musicianship, artist management, releasing music, live music, music publishing and marketing. These topics ensure you have all the tools you need to become a successful musician with a detailed knowledge of how the business works. Your day to day learning will take place in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and lecture-based classrooms.

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Our experienced, inspiring and sought-after lecturers will help you progress through the three years. And, you’ll be able to refine your course through our optional modules. These optional modules allow you to specialise in areas such as creative performance, session skills, songwriting, technology, composing, arranging, recording, teaching, and research. As you complete the course, you’ll have a portfolio of work that equips you with the skills and drive to become successful in a fast-moving and competitive creative environment.

You’ll also have access to unrivalled work experience opportunities. These ensure that you can develop hands-on industry knowledge through placements and internships in a wide range of roles and organisations.

All in all, this creative and rigorous programme will encourage you to make the most of any opportunities available to musicians and entrepreneurs in live performance, the recording industry, self-management and DIY, music and media, digital distribution, music education, and every other aspect of this exciting and expanding industry.

So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for music performance and music business today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future.

Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: This course is taught as a three-year course at levels four, five and six.

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester

UCAS code: W300

Language of study: English

Final award: BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Music Business

Admissions Criteria: Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade C or above (64 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.

Minimum requirements

Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade C or above (64 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.


Graduates can progress directly to employment in live performance, the recording industry, music and media, digital distribution, and music education.

Course fees

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to Student Loans. Please note, UK students eligible for loans are able to borrow the full course fee for BIMM Music Institute degrees.

Our undergraduate degree courses allow you to define your own route to success via a range of optional modules. First, you’ll learn the necessary employability skills and find where you’ll fit in the industry. Then, you’ll be able to build your course according to your interests and career aspirations.

We are currently undertaking a review of modules on this course as we believe there are a number of improvements we can make to enhance the overall student experience. Please be assured that we are not making significant changes to the overall course content. We are collaborating with our current students to redesign assessments to better equip our graduates for the evolving needs of the industry.

To view the latest undergraduate course overview document for 2024/25 entry, please click here.

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The optional modules advertised as available for BIMM Music Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Music Institute, please contact our Enquiries Team on 01273 840 346 or email [email protected].


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