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Specialisation studies

Music Management

Gain new insight, strengthen your network and develop the future of the music business!

The Music Management specialisation studies at Arcada University of Applied Sciences are intended for music industry professionals who want to deepen and broaden their skills, as well as for professionals with transferrable skills who are looking to enter the music industry. The skills and experience gained during the course can be used in various different roles in the industry. Our alumni are now working as promoters, artist managers, agents, in A&R roles, in music PR and as entrepreneurs in music tech startups. Many have also applied the skills gained on the course to developing their own artistic career. 

An international perspective is central to the course and there is a particular focus on copyright, contract expertise and new technology. The course also helps you build your professional network through meeting industry lecturers, professional mentors and alumni. The course has been developed and executed in cooperation with industry organisations such as Nordic Music Tech and Teosto. Tuition is online.

Course participants will also be given the opportunity to attend industry events. 

Course information



Study places:




Application period:


Teaching language:


(written work can also be submitted in Finnish or Swedish)



990 €

(includes tuition, mentoring and participation fees for 2-3 industry events. Events will be determined at a later date due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and may include both online and in-person events. For any in-person industry events, attendance will be voluntary. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and accommodation costs.) 



Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Entry requirement:

Undergraduate degree (university or university of applied science) or equivalent work experience. Music industry experience or relevant transferrable skills 


Apply here

Apply by 6.9.2020 by filling in the form and sending your CV to*. Central admission criteria are motivation and work experience in the industry. The maximum group size is 50 students. Admitted students will be informed by 16.9.2020.  

* The application form requires a Finnish national identification number. Students without a Finnish identification number can apply by email to liisa.tolonen

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These studies offer you:


Expert lecturers from the top of the music industry
Past lecturers include, among others, Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt (IMMF), Sara Herrlin (Nordic Music Tech & STHLM Music City) and Turo Pekari (Teosto). 


Support for your final project by an acknowledged mentor in the field


A forum for experience exchange and new insights that cross genre borders

Key topics of the course

  • models of income generation  
  • copyright and agreements 
  • streaming distribution   
  • identifying and selecting suitable partners  
  • marketing and social media 
  • the impact of technology and new trends  

Learning materials will include online lectures, podcasts, weekly music industry reports and Mika Karhumaa'sbook trilogy, which can also be found in the library at Arcada. 


Format of the studies

Tuition is online and will consist of one contact session a week, with lectures, discussions, group projects etc. Sessions will be recorded for later access. In addition there is a range of online learning materials available to students.  

Written assignments will be submitted once a month, including a personal final project (5 ECTS) supported by professional mentors.  

We will take part in 2-3 different industry events*. In past years we have attended events such as By:LARM, Tallinn Music Week, Musiikki ja Media, MARS-festivaali and MIDEM. Events will be determined at a later date due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and may include both online and in person events. For any in-person industry events, attendance will be voluntary.   

*Arcada UAS reserves the right to make changes 

Interested in the course?
For more information, please contact:


Liisa Tolonen

Programme Director (Music Management)

In co-operation with


STHLM Music City