Music Industry

The USC Thornton Music Industry program prepares students to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry that is largely rooted in the Los Angeles area. The program combines classroom study with technical instruction and hands-on experience for those seeking a career in the music business.

Facets of the program include artist management, the recording industry, music publishing, music supervision, artist branding and marketing, live promotion, production and touring, venue management and data analysis decision making for artists. Students are mentored by faculty that include current and former industry professionals, such as Trudy Green, Kevin Lyman, Mark Goldstein, Michael Garcia, Lindsay Wolfington, Loren Medina, Michael Kaminsky, Vivian Wang and others.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science

Music Industry

4 years | 128 units

The BS in music industry is a four-year, 128-unit program, consisting of general education, writing, music industry courses, musicianship courses, and foundational business courses. An internship and capstone project is required for the BS.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science

Music Industry

3 semesters | 35 units

The three-semester Master of Science in Music Industry program aims to produce the next generation of music industry leaders via a comprehensive yet student-tailored education. Class topics include copyright, concerts, artist management, marketing data and analysis, and a one-semester internship. Additionally, students have four emphasis track options including music performance, supervision, the business of touring/live event promotion, and entrepreneurship.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Minors & Electives

Minor in Music Industry


20 units

The Music Industry minor gives you an opportunity to explore careers in fields such as the record business, music publishing, artist management, radio, concerts, music for film, TV, video games, and the Internet. For performers, it provides the practical knowledge needed to protect your rights, maximize your opportunities, and understand the dollars and cents of the music business.

Contact

Michael Garcia, Chair

Music Industry Program
USC Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California 90089-0851
(213) 740-3224
contemporary.music@usc.edu