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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.
The School of Music to Launch Virtual Event Series Featuring Top Music Industry Leaders and Announces Its Inaugural Board of Advisors
This fall, a virtual event series titled L.A. Sounds Now, hosted by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will explore the current state and the future of the music business from the perspective of industry leaders and influencers who will also serve as the school's inaugural Board of Advisors.
Innovation is Messy...with Jack Conte, Patreon | Innovating Music Podcast
Jack Conte shares how he balances creating music (Pomplamoose and the funk band Scary Pockets) with running a large tech business (crowdfunding and community with Patreon.)
Livestreaming and Live Connecting with Dmitri Vietze | Innovating Music Podcast
A year ago, Dmitri Vietze of Music Tectonics shares his thoughts on crisis-driven shifts to music livestreaming.
Everything Old is New Again...with Ted Cohen | Innovating Music Podcast
Ted Cohen shares tales of doing things for the right reasons and the genuineness of artists vs. overproduction in live streaming and concerts.
Connecting the World - Portia Sabin, Music Business Association | Innovating Music Podcast
Music Business Association President, Dr. Portia Sabin discusses the ways in which the music business is connected as a community, and how aspects of the music business have been affected in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Feb 10 Wed
3:00pm
Free
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The Elephant in the Room: BIPOC Artistic and Intellectual Presence in Music Studies
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and The UCLA Department of African American Studies are proud to welcome multi-disciplinary artist, scholar, and Founder of My People Tell Stories, LLC, Danielle Brown. 
Zoom
Feb 25 Thu
3:00pm
Free
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How We Got Here, Where To Next: Examining Assimilationism in American Music Studies
Philip Ewell, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Director of Graduate Studies in the Dept. of music at Hunter College of the City University of New York, discusses our past so that we might chart a path for the future.
Zoom
Mar 18 Thu
3:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
In Conversation with Simon Woods
President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, Simon Woods, discusses the importance of the commitment to equity, the role of arts organizations in the community, and nurturing the next generation of arts leaders.
Zoom

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