Music Business School

Music Business School

Learn at the heart of London’s music business community

Next course commences 2nd Oct 2019.
One Day per week, Wednesday only 10.30 am -5pm for 12 weeks.
Located in the renowned Tileyard Studios complex near London King’s Cross, Music Business School is placed at the very heart of London’s music business quarter. Tileyard is home to over 75 music businesses, 70 studios and sees hundreds of creative professionals visit each day.


Founded by music industry veteran and educator Steve Melhuish, Music Business School is located at the heart of London’s creative quarter: Tileyard studios – home to more than 70 private studios and destination of choice for hundreds of recording artists and producers.

MBS draws on Steve’s long experience in the UK record industry, including running Richard Branson’s first Virgin Records store, before founding his own chain of record stores which became an influential player in the UK’s emerging indie and punk scenes.
Steve also set up an international music import/export company, distributing UK labels in the USA and Canada, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal which at its peak employed more than 100 members of staff. He has also owned and run various labels, signed and managed a range of acts including The Au Pairs, Jackie Graham, Those Helicopters, Jim Mullen, Kirsty MacColl and The Slits.

Steve is a current member of The Association of Independent Music; The Music Managers Forum; and Music Think Tank.

Building your contacts list is essential in the music industry. Here at Music Business School, we put networking at the heart of everything we do.

Some of the UK’s leading music business executives will be meeting with you and letting you know how they get business done via our Guest Speaker programme. If shaking hands with them is not enough, then just look around you.

Every day the UK’s most exciting music personnel are sitting next to you in the Tileyard Cafe, attending the networking events at Tileyard Venues, or popping into our classes via our Guest Speaker programme.

Click here to see more details about our guest lecturers.

Music Business School offers a range of funding options, including discounted early bird rates, payment plans and a limited number of bursaries supported by a range of funders.

To discuss these options in more detail please call our admissions team on 020 3637 6235 or click here to request a call back at a time that suits you.

Music Business School course fees start from under £100 per day, when including early bird discounts, for the full course. We often have other discounts available – to stay informed and to receive full course details and information about our current offers, click here and register with us.

Learn the Music Business

Our established music business course helps you get the skills and knowledge you need to take your career to the next level. Whether you're already working in the music business and want to develop your career or whether you're looking for your first job in music, book a career consultation with our admissions team today and learn how MBS can help you achieve your industry goals. Our full twelve-week course is £1295. Early bird pricing, bursaries and other support may be available. Set up a call with one of our course advisors today to learn more.

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For Promoters

Promoters need unique knowledge and skills to take their businesses from local club events to national promoter status. Get a detailed view of today's live industry with Music Business School.

Take control of your music career

Register with Music Business School today to start your career in the live music industry

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For Managers

Artist managers sit at the centre of the music business. As the music business continue to evolve, having a solid overview of every aspect of the music business is essential.

Take control of your music career

Register with Music Business School today to kickstart your artist management career

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For Artists

As an artist, today, it's easier than ever to release music, build a fanbase and run your own artist-centred music business. Music Business School gives you the knowledge you need to succeed.

Take control of your music career

Register with Music Business School today to continue your journey as an artist.

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The Music Business Course You Need

In the 12 short weeks it takes to complete your MMBE course you’ll go from having questions to having answers. Past students have come from every background and previous experience level and found this course has given them the boost they needed.
Our students come from throughout the UK, including London, to study at Music Business School. A wide range of international students have also benefited from our London based course. No matter where you are from, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to get you a foothold in the music business.

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There has never been a better time to get into the music business.

The advent of digital technology has revolutionised the music industry, opened the doors to true independent success for many artists, and levelled the playing field for other music businesses. Learn how Music Business School can help you get started:

Learning about the live side of the music business is going to be essential to you as you make your way in the music business.

In this module, we’ll give you a clear understanding of both the artist and managers perspective and the live promoter.

  • Who are the live music business players? Promoters, Agents, Tour Managers
  • Live Music for Artists – Stage Plans, Technical Considerations, Tour Support from your Label
  • Live Music for Promoters – Costing an Event, Planning, Permissions from Council
  • Things we all need to consider – Health & Safety, Contracts and Agreements
  • Dealing with agents/tour managers
  • Digital/social media event marketing
  • Budgeting events and tour support
  • Contracts, insurance and licensing

Promoters need unique skills and knowledge to go from club event to national promoter. Music Business School’s Live & Touring module gives you the detail you need.

There’s never been a better time to start an indie label. Simple digital distribution, digital marketing techniques, social media and changing media consumption habits – including the rise of streaming – mean that there has never been an easier time to develop an audience for a label operating in a clearly defined niche.

In addition, direct to fan and the resurgence of vinyl means that labels can easily add “premium” products for engaged fans of their artists, generating additional revenue streams – without the traditional overheads of retail distribution.

However, that’s not to say that traditional record retail is dead. With Music Business School you can learn about new and old distribution and retail models, how to get license music and get support from brands, how to manage metadata and correctly register your tracks to collect royalties, and how to find and negotiate sync opportunities for your label to get music onto TV & Film.

More and more artists are taking the independent route and finding success. The barriers to releasing music and getting it in front of fans have never been lower. At the same time, the way people consume music has changed hugely – bringing in a new set of challenges for artists. Learn the essentials that indie artists need to know when self-releasing, and gain knowledge of the wider music business to help craft your own artist business plan.

At Music Business School you will learn not only how to release your own single, EP or album to digital stores around the world, but also how to ensure you are correctly registered for the various different royalties you are eligible for. We also cover how to find management, collaborating with producers and remixers, and how to craft a sustainable music business plan to help keep your career on track. We have information about a range of funding scheme available to artists, and with the knowledge gained at Music Business School, you should be in a strong position to apply for and secure grants from a range of organisations.

If you want to manage bands, producers, singer-songwriters, solo artists or any other type of musician, you need to have a detailed understanding of the music business as a whole. From the types of deals that can be done, to the other roles and professions within the industry, knowing what is what and who does what is paramount. Artists want – and deserve – to work with professionals who can add value to their careers.

At Music Business School you will learn all of this, as well as how to source finance and investment for your artists, the essentials of a management agreement, and how to manage the numerous music rights that are part of the output of an artist. In addition, you’ll meet representatives from leading service providers, business and law firms across the industry – giving you a ready-made network of business contacts – as well as time with staff from key strategic organisations such as the Music Managers’ Forum, Featured Artist Coalition, PRS and PPL.

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“Down a scruffy road lined with industrial courtyards, just off York Way, is the nexus of an singular community. It is quite literally the wrong side of King’s Cross’s overlapping tracks, but Tileyard is the starriest co-working space you’ve never heard of: the 100,000sq ft site caters to musicians, AI entrepreneurs and whip-smart start-ups.”London Evening Standard
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