Music Industry

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Your Pathway to
the Music Industry

Our Music Industry Programs will help you understand the practice of music as a profession while connecting you with prominent players within the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. Participate in the student-run Music Industry Committee (MIC at UCLA) and take part in events featuring prominent industry speakers. Take classes taught by top faculty and industry professionals and make use of our school’s professional-grade recording and music creation studios.

Options include:
  • Music History and Industry BA: Our new degree program includes a holistic approach to understanding music and the music industry.
  • Music Industry Minor: This popular program prepares you for employment in the music industry by highlighting key topics including marketing, sales, recording production and more. This program is open to all UCLA students.
Connecting the World - Portia Sabin, Music Business Association | Innovating Music Podcast
This week on the Innovating Music Podcast, we talk with Music Business Association President, Dr. Portia Sabin, about the ways in which the music business is connected as a community. We discuss her journey through the music industry from performing as an artist to running a record label. We also look at other aspects of the music business and how they have been affected in light of the pandemic. This includes trade associations and their advantages for independent labels especially during the pandemic and other ways in which cities can centralize their local music businesses to connect the music community at large.
Reconnecting with Virtual Audiences, Jay Gilbert, Label Logic | Innovating Music Podcast
Innovation often answers the call to action made by changing environments. In this week’s podcast, we talk with Jay Gilbert, photographer and co-founder of Label Logic, about the new challenges artists in the music industry face in light of social-distancing and what their “new normal” will be as the world regains its rhythm.
Carlos Santana to address School of Music graduates, June 19
Carlos Santana said he wants the graduates “to use their music as a platform to empower and unite as we seek justice and creative solutions during these challenging times.”
Blockchain as Buffet, Stefan Schulz, Bitfury Surround | Innovating Music Podcast
Stefan Schulz, CEO and Co-Founder of Bitfury Surround, discusses the potential of blockchain technology for connecting not just content, but data and new value chains for content.
Learning to Compose Virtually | Innovating Music Podcast
Rethink learning and education in music with UCLA alumnus Akira Nakano, the President and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Inception Orchestra.
Bridging Fans to Livestreams | Innovating Music Podcast
Adaptation is key when it comes to technology and innovation. In this week’s podcast, we discuss how technology evolves to fit the ever-changing dynamic between artists and their fan-bases with Fabrice Sergent, the co-founder and CEO of Bandsintown. We look at new ways in which Bandsintown supports its artists with new features such as watchLive and a recent partnership with Twitch. We also discuss the shift in livestream viewing trends which have increased dramatically and what this means for artists and digital platforms.

Explore Other Degrees

Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music History & Industry
Combining Musicology and the Music Industry minor for practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz