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Music Business

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: MB511Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,433.98
  • international: $16,531.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,020.06$8,055.50
Tuition$3,551.26$7,586.70
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,413.92$8,055.50
Tuition$1,775.62$7,417.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$169.50$169.50
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

Approximately $400 - materials and equipment.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Thom McKercher, program co-ordinator
416-949-3710
thomas.mckercher@humber.ca
creativearts.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Music Business graduate certificate program starts in May and is a condensed summer program with two semesters rolled into one (May - August), followed by a third semester work placement in the fall. This program prepares you to work in any number of areas in the music industry. It offers a unique combination of theoretical and practical knowledge of the music industry, as well as entrepreneurial, business and project management skills. You will study the structure of the Canadian music industry, artist and venue management, manufacturing, contracts, licensing and copyright, national and international distribution, marketing, promotion, and sales. You will develop foundational music business expertise, including communication and interpersonal skills in order to respond to industry demands for professionals who can interact with diverse teams and audiences. Opportunities for applied work and industry connections are important components of the program.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Situate music business decisions within key historical and current contexts of the music industry.

  • Articulate the unique responsibilities of key personnel in the music industry.

  • Analyze the marketplace and trends in the music industry and use the analysis for decision making in the music business environment.

  • Develop and implement a viable and realistic business plan for a professional musician or musical company.

  • Develop and implement a music marketing plan that includes sonic branding.

  • Collaborate with a team to market an artist or new music.

  • Adhere to legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes of conduct.

  • Assess existing and emerging market entry options for music products or services and implement the optimal market entry strategy.

  • Apply negotiation, effective interpersonal communication, and human resource management skills to establish and maintain effective working relations.

  • Prepare and interpret financial statements to inform music business decisions and/or practices.

  • Identify and access public and private sources of capital to support music business plans.


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Work Placement

Students are required to complete an industry work placement totalling 300 hours. Humber staff will assist in placing the student; however, the ultimate responsibility for finding the placement is the student's.

Your Career

Ontario is home to Canada’s largest and one of the world’s most diversified music sectors. Graduates from our program will be prepared to enter the industry and may find employment with radio stations, recording studios, post-production facilities, film houses, theatres, video game companies, performance groups, distribution companies, sync agencies, media manufacturers and record labels. Opportunities are also available with various agencies for artist representation, promotion, copyright and legal, royalty collection, presenters, festivals, and industry organizations such as CIMA, CARAS, Music Canada, OMF and others.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
May 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen
May 2020LakeshoreOpenOpen

The Humber Advantage

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The Music Business program.

Accelerated Delivery

Our Music Business program delivers full-year education over one summer semester plus a work placement. In no time you will have launched your career in the music industry!

Comprehensive, Current Curriculum

Our curriculum covers a broad range of professional roles, issues and skills to give you a complete overview of the music industry today. You’ll learn the responsibilities of the various disciplines, firms and organizations that comprise the music business and how to navigate the relationships between them. You’ll explore traditional and new business models, including streaming services, and how to determine which options are best. Most of all, you’ll finish the program with the knowledge and skills needed to find the music industry career that’s right for you.

Our Faculty

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee helps ensure that Humber's Music Business program is as current as possible.

Advisory Committee

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Christina Cavanagh Managing Director Mooredale Concerts, Mooredale House
Heather Gardner Head of Music Supervision + Licensing, Vapor RMW
Kate Henderson Lawyer & Registered Trademark Agent, Henderson & Co – Entertainment and Trademark Law
Stuart Johnston President, Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
Mary McGeer Artistic Director, Talisker Players
Mike Tanner Music Sector Development Officer, Film & Entertainment Industries City of Toronto
Paul Thomas Program Director & Music Director, The New Classical 96.3 FM
Tom Tytel The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar
Laura Van Leest VP of Artist Management & Special Projects, JL Entertainment

Industry Partners

Companies who have recently offered work placements to Humber Music Business students include:

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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.