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Music/Performing Arts Management

The Hartt School offers two related programs in the subject area of arts management. Click on the program to see a curricular outline.

Music Management (BMUS)
Performing Arts Management (BA)

The Curriculum

While traditional courses in the arts and business lay the foundation for the management program, the ten music management core curriculum courses (Introduction to Arts Management, Arts Management in the For-Profit, Arts Management in the Not For-Profit, Arts Management Practicum, Entertainment Law, Survey of the Record Industry, Computers and the Arts, Case Studies: Not for Profit, Case Studies: Profit, Fund Raising, and a management internship), blend the world of business with the world of the arts. Students apply the skills they have gained from their arts and business classes in these courses.

Students learn about both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors of the industry. Experiencing both sides of the field allows students not only to explore a variety of problems inherent to the industry through classroom discussions, guest speakers, field trips, and assignments, but also to make an educated decision about their future careers. Written analyses and oral presentations encourage students to use their creativity to address complex problems, devise innovative solutions, and present their findings in a professional manner.

For more information on the differences between music management and performing arts management, see the appropriate sections below.

The Internship

In preparation for the internship, students are required to take two semesters of Management Practicum. This class is designed to prime the student for the internship and for workplace environments. Students work in a "mini-internship," from six to eight hours weekly. Over the course of the semester, students meet in a practicum seminar to discuss everything from leadership skills and resume writing to job ethics and supervisory style. This is a rich opportunity for students to grow both personally and professionally, and to learn a most important skill—networking in the management business.

All students in the music management programs complete a minimum of 180 hours in an internship of their choosing. Although only one internship is required, many students opt to participate in a second internship. In the past, Hartt management students have interned for Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, Blue Note Records in New York City, The Bushnell in Hartford, the Springfield Library and Museums Association in Springfield, Mass., The Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, Gamelon and Sony Records in Boston, and Primamerica Artists in Manhattan, to name a few. Students have had hands-on experience preparing contracts, arranging tours, working in a recording studio, fundraising, coordinating special events, and managing travel plans for major talent.

At the end of this 3-credit internship, students complete an extensive academic paper. The paper objectively analyzes an aspect of the organization they worked for and requires the development of far-reaching recommendations and proposals for reorganization. Students present their papers to their peers in a professional seminar setting.


Campus Activities Team (CAT) is a student-run, student-funded University of Hartford campus organization that hires quality entertainment of all varieties to perform at the University of Hartford. Many music management students apply for positions in this organizations to develop their professional experience.

Music Management

Music management is a program created especially for the student who wishes to pursue both a strong musical and a strong business course of study. Students who play a musical instrument or are vocalists are eligible to apply for the music management program. Training in music theory, piano and keyboard, and music history, as well as weekly one-hour lessons and coaching sessions with teachers in their performance area, combine with arts management and business classes to create well-rounded students. Students not only participate in music management events, but also in many of the large ensembles that make up The Hartt School's musical training program.

The music management (BMus) program prepares students to enter the rapidly expanding and perpetually changing music industry. Courses in music and the performing arts are combined with business classes to form this innovative academic curriculum. The coursework prepares the student to thrive in extraordinary careers such as record production, band management, or fundraising for an arts organization.

Performing Arts Management

The performing arts management program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in the performing arts business. Similar to music management, students enter a wide variety of jobs that include working at talent agencies, recording studios, community and regional arts centers, artist management companies, booking agencies and professional music, dance, opera, and theatre companies.

Performing arts management majors have the opportunity to take all management electives offered, as well as other electives in the arts. With a flexible program, students are given the opportunity to concentrate in many different areas of management. They have the time to take classes in additional fields that enrich their management experience with such electives as recording, finance, and entrepreneurial studies. The high level of academics and the variety of the artistic electives create a comprehensive understanding of the entertainment industry.

Based on their more academic course load and broader selection of electives, performing arts management students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree.