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Master of Arts in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management (AP Live Entertainment)

30 credit hours | Graduate in as few as 18 months

The AP Live Entertainment master's degree program offers a curriculum that's distinctly tailored to provide a thorough understanding of marketing, promotion, management, legal aspects, risks and finance of a variety of live entertainment endeavors. You will be encouraged to begin your career as a producer and presenter of live entertainment while you pursue your academic studies. You'll gain hands-on experience producing events, marketing and promoting concerts, and working with venues on all aspects of a live entertainment performance.

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The AP Live Entertainment master's degree program gives you:

  • Opportunities and training that prepare you to develop the next generation of industry leaders
  • A solid understanding of core elements of a non-profit arts administration focus and the key components of the for-profit live entertainment industry
  • A strong foundation of knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a career as a manager, presenter, agent, producer or promoter in the live entertainment field
  • A broad range of relevant knowledge and skills in entertainment industry management, event promotion, facility management, marketing and sponsorships, and more

"For me, there's nothing better than being able to work and learn at the same time. It was so helpful to be able to immediately apply practical knowledge from the program's experienced professors to the work I was already doing!"

–Taylor Rambo, Master of Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management, May 2017.

PLUS: You could receive up to 50% off your tuition! Speak with an Enrollment Services Specialist to learn more about our Life Achievement and Academic Performance Scholarships. Read More >>

In addition to the courses below, you will need to pass a Cumulative Exit Exam at the end of your coursework to be eligible for your degree.

Core Courses:

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  • Music Copyright Law

    Course number: MMI 774 | Credit hours: 3

    A study of the essential provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and subsequent amendments and revisions. Students examine the unique complexities of copyright law as it relates to the music industry.

  • Tour Management and Production

    Course number: MMI 641 | Credit hours: 3

    Students will become familiar with the responsibilities of a tour planner. Individual tour planning projects are assigned which will give the students insight into the management and production of a tour.

  • Marketing in the Arts and Entertainment

    Course number: MMI 643 | Credit hours: 3

    Students learn how to fulfill demand and influence consumer behavior through effective marketing techniques. The course provides the students with information on the latest technologies being employed to reach and communicate with target consumers.

  • Performing Arts Center and Facility Management

    Course number: MMI 726 | Credit hours: 3

    Students learn the many aspects of managing a live entertainment and performing arts center facility. Logistics, management, budgeting, marketing and programming within a live entertainment and performing arts facility are addressed.

  • Sponsorship, Development, and Financial Management in the Live Entertainment Industry

    Course number: MMI 736 | Credit hours: 3

    Students learn how to write and present a line-item budget for an arts presentation event, arts presenting organization, and an arts facility. Specific techniques and methods that are used to reduce event risk and safety are discussed.

  • Legal Aspects of the Live Entertainment Industry

    Course number: MMI 738 | Credit hours: 3

    Students become familiar with various Artist, Client, Production, Vendor and Facility Contracts and Agreements commonly used in the industry.

  • Arts Presenting Project

    Course number: MMI 740 | Credit hours: 3

    In this course, we'll investigate the best-practices of event execution, including but not limited to time management, teamwork, planning processes, event supervision and evaluation techniques.


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  • Recorded Music Operations

    Course number: MMI 637 | Credit hours: 3

    A study of the activities involved in commercially exploiting recorded music. Includes an analysis of activities involved in the production, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of a recorded music product; as well as related royalty accounting, mechanical licensing and master-use licensing activities.

  • Entrepreneurship for Musicians

    Course number: MMI 630 | Credit hours: 3

    Course explores a wide range of options for musicians who want to pursue music business careers in their regional music markets. Students examine opportunities in performance, recording, composition, education, and more. Emphasis is placed on the packaging of musical skills in the marketplace and on the financial management of a small proprietary music business. As a result, the student musician will be prepared to make career decisions with foresight and planning.

  • Music Publishing

    Course number: MMI 673 | Credit hours: 3

    An in-depth study of the international publishing industry with an emphasis on catalog development and exploitation.

  • Music Business Agreements

    Course number: MMI 750 | Credit hours: 3

    A study of various music industry agreements and how they affect the artist and songwriter. Recording, music publishing, and personal management agreements are analyzed and discussed. Topics include negotiation considerations, deal points, record company economics, and profitability.

  • Music Licensing

    Course number: MMI 752 | Credit hours: 3

    Advanced music industry concepts and problems in music licensing. Personal rights and most varieties of music licenses and international licensing concepts are covered. Students acquire practical experience utilizing licensing parameters.

  • Arts Leadership

    Course number: MMI 632 | Credit hours: 3

    Building a career in the twenty-first century and beyond creates challenges both exciting and daunting. The purpose of this course is to provide grounding, critical information, as well as planning and vision for shaping the key components of launching and sustaining a career in the arts.

  • Peak Performance Strategies for Musicians

    Course number: MUS 745 | Credit hours: 3

    Become a more confident and expressive performer. This unique and forward thinking course will be both performance and research-based. Students will develop the tools to succeed by studying techniques and concepts in preparation, positive psychology, visualization, bodily kinesthetics, communication, mindfulness and weekly performance and practice assignments. The goal is to encourage fearless artistry, beginning in the practice room and continuing on stage and beyond.

  • Communication, Marketing and Publicity for the Musical Artist

    Course number: MUS 755 | Credit hours: 3

    Effective communication skills are key for realizing your objectives in a competitive and dynamic music scene. In this course the concepts, techniques and conduits of communication will be defined and detailed - as they pertain to the musical artist and with an emphasis on the most up to date technologies and platforms for getting your message across. More traditional ways of interfacing will not be neglected: the honing of clear writing, speaking, and person to person skills will be stressed. We will also reveal the ins and outs of working with publicists and other marketing professionals in our field. By the end of this course, you should have the tools to execute a communication and marketing strategy appropriate for your own career goals.

  • Media Creation

    Course number: MUS 735 | Credit hours: 3

    This course is intended to provide the student with the ability to record, edit, mix, and master content in both video and audio mediums, by using the most current, practical, and affordable technology available today.

  • World of the Working Musician

    Course number: MMI 735 | Credit hours: 3

    This course is intended to provide immediate, important, comprehensive and detailed information and tacitcs in building a foundation for a lasting, meaningful career as a performing artist - one that not only exemplifies best-practices, but is unique to your artistic voice and vision.