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Music Business

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: MB511 Length: 2 semesters

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

  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

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


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
May 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen
May 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,922.01
  • international: $15,585.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Approximately $400 for materials and equipment.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Andrew Scott, associate dean, School of Creative & Performing Arts
416-675-6622 ext. 3450



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

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

Applications Open for May 2018 Start Date

Our Program

Humber’s Music Business graduate certificate 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, music production, 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.


Work Placement

Students are required to complete an industry work placement internship totalling 300 hours.

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.

The Humber Advantage


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.

Industry Partners

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

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