The MMIL is an intensive one-year program designed for those who want to manage the next generation of music companies. Graduates are positioned for creative, entrepreneurial, and management roles that address emerging issues in the music industry.

Engaged with the Industry—and
the World

Leveraging Northeastern’s excellence in global experiential learning, our program allows students to study in Boston and gain real-world experience in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles–and other music capitals across the world.

Expert Faculty

With real-world research and professional experience with the issues facing today’s music industry, our exceptional faculty bring fresh insight and innovation to their teaching.

Options

Students shape their own curriculum to meet personal and professional aspirations in one of four concentrations: practice, entrepreneurship, professional, and research. We also offer a joint JD/Music Industry Leadership program in partnership with the Northeastern University School of Law.

Curriculum

The Master of Music Industry Leadership program focuses on the core scholarly areas of music industry leadership. Students specialize in one of four concentrations: entrepreneurship, professional, research and practice. Core courses focus on fundamental issues associated with music leadership theory and practice. Elective courses allow students to focus on particular music leadership and management issues, attaining a degree of specialization. This approach focuses on the creation of long-term skills that enhance the potential of graduates within a fluid and ever-changing field.

A minimum of 32 semester hours and nine courses (not including the intensive reporting seminar), with a grade-point average of 3.000 are required for graduation. Each option is designed to highlight a student’s strength and longer-term goals. Consultation with the graduate coordinator prior to degree commencement is required to establish a student’s ideal concentration.

Practice Concentration

The practice concentration is designed for those interested in gaining real-world experiences in the music industry. Students have an opportunity to gain professional experience in the work place with internationally recognized organizations.

Curriculum

The practice concentration consists of five core courses, four to six music industry electives and two to four business courses. Students take eleven semester hours of electives from a wide array of courses offered by Music Department. A further six semester hours of courses are taken at the renowned D’Amore – McKim School of Business. A co-op concludes the requirements for this concentration.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Electives (Business) 1-6
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Electives (Business) 1-6
Fall Co-op 0

Professional Concentration

The professional concentration is designed for those interested in developing high-level training in music management that eventuates in leading music organizations. Graduate students with several years of work experience are encouraged to apply to this program.

Curriculum

The professional concentration consists of five core courses, four to six music industry electives and two to four business courses. Students take eleven semester hours of electives from a wide array of courses offered by Music Department. A further six semester hours of courses are taken at the renowned D’Amore–McKim School of Business.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Electives (Business) 1-6
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Electives (Business) 1-6

Research Concentration

The research concentration is designed for those who are interested in careers as entertainment analysts or music industry educators.

Curriculum

The research concentration curriculum consists of five core courses, four to six Music Industry electives, and between two and four business courses. Students complete an original thesis that examines a critical issue in the music industry, often combining qualitative and quantitative research under the supervision of one faculty member and approved by a faculty committee.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Thesis 8
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Thesis Continuation 0
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Thesis Continuation 0

Entrepreneurship Concentration

The entrepreneurship concentration is designed for those interested in developing new ventures in the music industry. Course work in this concentration focuses on global leadership capabilities that emphasize entrepreneurship and business development capabilities. This program acts as a “global meeting place” where executives and students share prescriptive best practices that benefit all.

Curriculum

The entrepreneurship concentration consists of five core courses, four to six music industry electives, and two to four business courses taken at the renowned D’Amore – McKim School of Business. A capstone project concludes the requirements for this concentration. Students select a capstone project within their area of expertise such as developing the market entry strategy of a new music website, identifying channels to market a new musical act, develop a functional business plan for a small music company, etc.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Electives (Business) 1-6
Capstone Project 7
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-7
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-7
Electives (Business) 1-6

Richard Strasser

Director, Associate Professor

Richard Strasser

Biography
Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Professor Strasser has been a music industry educator leader for two decades. With extensive business experience, he combines rigorous theory and application to his research and courses. He is the author of The Savvy Studio Owner, published by Hal Leonard books, Music Business: The Key Concepts, and The Music Business and Recording Industry with Routledge. Richard is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University. He has also served on numerous educational and music organization boards including the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, and the working group for the development for national music industry education standards for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Areas of Research

  • Music Industry Leadership
  • Music Organization Creation and Entrepreneurship
  • Arts Administration
  • Music Management
  • Music Industry Pedagogy

Courses

David Herlihy

Associate Academic Specialist

David Herlihy

Biography
David Herlihy received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1979 and a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1982. David lectures on copyright law and the music industry, and he supervises Northeastern University’s record label. David was the lead singer and principal songwriter for O POSITIVE (a Boston-based musical group with full length albums on Epic Records and several independent record labels) for which he won three Boston Music Awards for “Outstanding Male Vocalist” as well as twice topping the Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll as “Best Local Male Vocalist.” He is still active in the recording studio and occasionally performs live with the band Toyboat.

Areas of Research

  • Copyright Law
  • Music Licensing
  • Business Modeling
  • Consumer Behavior

Courses

Robert Lyons

Visiting Senior Grant Writer

Robert Lyons

Biography
Prior to joining Northeastern University in the fall of 2012, Robert Lyons was a digital media executive at WGBH in Boston, a major producer of TV, Radio and Interactive content for PBS and NPR. Among his achievements at WGBH was the building and managing of nine worldwide music streaming channels while overseeing web and mobile app development. As an Executive Producer he has created radio companions for many PBS television series, including Martin Scorcese’s The Blues and Rock&Roll, an Unruly History.

Areas of Research

  • Digital Media and Broadcast
  • Global Music Industry
  • Mobile Technology

Courses

Jodi Beggs

Assistant Director of Research, Lecturer

Jodi Beggs

Biography
Jodi Beggs received her undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics from MIT. She has a master’s degree in economics from Harvard University and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Business Economics at Harvard University. Jodi has worked as a management consultant and has given numerous talks about music and economics throughout the US. Apart from teaching in the Music Department at Northeastern, she is also a professor in the Economics Department and teaches at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Areas of Research

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Public Policy

Courses

Michelle Conceison

Assistant Academic Specialist

conceison

Biography
Michelle Conceison is an experienced artist manager, marketing professional, and music industry entrepreneur, with concentrated expertise in international marketing, digital media programs management, and new media analytics. Conceison is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Folk Alliance International.  She has mentored and is a frequent speaker and moderator on panels at music industry events including ASCAP Expo, Folk Alliance International, Americana Music Conference, Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

Areas of Research

  • Music Marketing
  • Artist Management

Courses

  • Music Entrepreneurship

Brad Hatfield

Associate Academic Specialist

Brad Hatfield

Biography
Brad Hatfield is an Emmy® Award winning songwriter and versatile keyboardist with thirty-five years of professional experience. His songs have been featured in movies such as Borat, Iron Man 2, Analyze This, as well as hundreds of TV shows including CSI, The Sopranos, Rescue Me, Friends, and ER.  Brad became co-composer of the FX Network series Rescue Me starring Denis Leary in 2009 and continues to place his songs into network TV series and feature films

Areas of Research

  • Music Supervision
  • Music Negotiation
  • Songwriting

Courses

JD/MMIL

This dual-degree track takes advantage of Northeastern’s unique and dynamic co-op program, which provides students with four opportunities for real-world, experiential learning at the intersection of law and music business. Over the course of 45 months, the program enrolls students successively in the university’s School of Law and College of Arts, Media and Design. JD/MS candidates must complete the first and last years of the program in the School of Law. The year of music industry courses in the College of Arts, Media and Design may be taken during either the second or third year.

Program Sequence

Year One
Fall & Spring – Traditional First-Year Law Curriculum

Year Two
Summer – Law Co-op
Fall, Winter, & Spring – Music Industry Courses

Year Three
Summer – Music Industry Courses
Fall – Law School Courses
Winter – Law Co-op
Spring – Law School Courses

Year Four
Summer – Law Co-op
Fall – Law School Courses
Winter – Law Co-op
Spring – Law School Courses

Admission

Candidates for the JD/MS program must independently apply and gain admission to the School of Law and the College of Arts, Media and Design. Admission to one school does not ensure admission to the other. Candidates may apply to both schools prior to matriculation at the law school, or students may wait until they are enrolled in the School of Law before seeking admission to the College of Arts, Media and Design. During either the first or second year of law school, students may apply to the MS program during the winter or spring for enrollment the following September.

Program Outcomes

Overall Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should be able to integrate and synthesize leadership theory and practice, management theory and practice, music organization development, music organization financial management, and intellectual property management to be informed and efficient managers in the music industry; and
  2. Students should be able to apply and synthesize theories and practice from divergent disciplines to the music industry.

Leadership Theory and Practice

Students should be able to:

  1. apply core fundamentals of leadership theory and practice applied to the music industry;
  2. integrate leadership theories and practices as evidenced in literature reviews, empirical research studies, conceptual models, and case studies within the music industry; and
  3. apply leadership theories and practices to the music industry directly via the creation of music organizations.

Management Theory and Practice

Students should be able to:

  1. describe various models for the organization, operation and sustaining of music organizations;
  2. examine management practices within a wide variety of music and entertainment organizations; and
  3. apply learned managerial theories through organization creation, simulations and group presentations.

Music Organization Development

Students should be able to:

  1. describe how a music organization is structured and operated;
  2. explain the core legal and fiduciary requirements for a music organization relative to ensuring necessary resources; and
  3. write essential organizational documentation such as articles of incorporation, bylaws and business plans.

Music Organization Financial Management

Students should be able to:

  1. identify the core concepts of accounting for a music organization; and
  2. integrate the dynamics of establishing a system for financial management including, but not limited to, a chart of accounts, financial statements, risk policy, and internal control policy.

Intellectual Property Management

Students should be able to:

  1. explain the core concepts of copyright, trademark and patent law associated with music organizations;
  2. describe the management of intellectual property within music organizations; and
  3. apply intellectual property theory to the monetization and protection of musical compositions.

Admissions

The Master of Music Industry Leadership program welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for leadership and creative problem solving. Candidates come from diverse fields, including music (B. Mus, B.A. or B.S.) communication studies, business, media studies and other liberal arts programs.

Priority Application Deadline

  • February 1 for the following fall semester

Rolling admission is available after the priority deadlines. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

All application materials must be sent electronically via the Northeastern University Graduate Studies portal by the deadline for priority consideration.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to use the online application (hyperlink). The application fee and supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form.

A complete MS in Music Industry Leadership application includes:

  • Application (hyperlink to applyyourself)
  • Application fee
  • Official Transcripts from every college or university previously attended
  • A statement of purpose – an explanation of your interest and preparation for graduate work in music industry leadership.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three academic and/or professional letters of recommendation

We do NOT require a GRE score

International Applicants

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit proof of English proficiency. Satisfactory proof of proficiency includes one of the following:

  1. A minimum score of 100 (Internet-based) or 250 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  2. A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language testing System (IETLS)
  3. Proof of a minimum of four years of study and an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English

Financial Aid

Full-time students are eligible for consideration for financial aid. We offer two types of financial aid:

  1. Merit-based Scholarships are available to those who meet the February 1 priority application deadline.
  2. Assistantships are offered to accepted students based on demand and qualifications.

For more information about admission to the Master of Music Industry program please visit the CAMD Graduate Studies Web site.