Music Industry

Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

On the USC Thornton Supplemental Application Section, applicants to the Music Industry program must include a Resume listing musical, professional and academic experience, as well as specific details of any music industry-related experiences. Common examples of such experience include internships, recording projects, promotions, or artistic management. Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Purpose as to why they want to pursue a degree in the music industry.

Applicants are welcome to submit letters of recommendation from persons who might provide information specifically relevant to the applicant’s interest and preparation for a major in music industry.

Applicants to the Music Industry must upload a digital portfolio online through “DecisionDesk” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 will be removed from consideration. The digital portfolio should include the following 3 recordings:

  • A 1 to 2 minute video introduction describing your background in music industry and your interest in the program
  • A 1 to 2 minute video describing specific interests you have in the music industry
  • A 1 to 2 minute video describing what you want to do with your professional music life, i.e., what are your goals and aspirations in pursuing a career in music

Recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall DecisionDesk portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

To access the Fall portal to submit your recordings click on the following link:

USC Thornton Fall DecisionDesk

Optional: Additionally students may submit up to 3 examples of their best musical work. All optional materials must also be uploaded to the Thornton DecisionDesk Portal. This might include:

  • Music performances
  • Music productions
  • Compositions or mixes
  • Copies of music work
  • Budgetary outlines
  • Contracts
  • Etc.

BM applicants only:

An audition is required of BM Music Industry applicants. Applicants should prepare for a performance audition according to the requirements of the department of their primary instrument or voice,including any prescreen requirements. The audition may be performed for either the jazz studies faculty or the appropriate classical performance faculty. Jazz audition requirements are detailed on the “Jazz Studies” application requirements page and classical audition requirements are detailed on either the “Vocal Arts” page or the page for the specific instrument. Visit our Audition page for more specific information regarding audition dates and locations.

BS applicants only:

An audition is NOT required of BS Music Industry applicants.

Important policies

Applicants to either program in Music Industry may not apply more than two times. If a student has applied and been denied twice to a Music Industry program (regardless of degree objective), no further applications will be reviewed. Also, any Music Industry courses taken without prior departmental approval may not be counted toward final degree requirements.

Important note for spring

Undergraduate applications are not accepted for Spring admission to this program unless the applicant is already enrolled at USC. All BM Music Industry applicants for Spring admission are also required to submit a recording for pre-screening (if applicable). Spring applicants will be notified via email regarding their prescreen decision.