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Music Business


Today's music insiders understand that the industry is multifaceted. Succeeding in the music business requires skill and relationships, and at Hofstra University, you'll develop the tools and build the contacts to launch a vibrant career.

Hofstra's dynamic music programs provide a conservatory-based foundation in history, theory, and ear-training. And students who pursue a music business concentration also learn about accounting, finance, marketing, revenue streams, artist management, new media, and more. At Hofstra, the focus is on learning by doing.

You can work with Unispan Records, a student-run record label project that operates from the university's Center for Entrepreneurship. Mentored by top industry professionals, you'll get real-life experience finding artists, recording, producing, promoting, and distributing music.

Hofstra's close proximity to New York City also provides students with ready access to the heart of the world's music capital, with its legendary music venues, major record labels, and digital music startups. Hofstra's music business alumni and faculty are deeply connected to the industry and often act as mentors for current students.

Among our professors, you will find Emmy and Academy award-winning professionals who continue to perform, record, and publish. You may have seen them at the American Symphony Orchestra, Birdland, Brooklyn Harmonic, Blue Note Café, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and in countless Broadway musicals. In fact, the coordinator of our music business program is a record label veteran credited with discovering and signing Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend.

Our program was named one of the nation's best music business programs two years in a row by Billboard magazine.


Hofstra offers a BS in Music with a music business concentration. An audition is required for admission. The foundation of the program is the same core curriculum as all music performance and studies majors, and fulfills performance and lesson requirements. But there's also a significant course load focusing on music and either general marketing or entrepreneurship.

Courses include the history of the recording industry, promotion, artist management, and advanced seminars.

We also offer an undergraduate degree in music education, two degrees in music performance and studies, minors in music and music business, and several graduate music degrees, including an MA in Music/Wind Conducting, an MA in Music Education and an MSEd in Music Education.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Music Requirements (see "D. Music Business" section)

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many of Hofstra's music business majors hold positions with prestigious employers. Others go on to pursue advanced degrees at top graduate schools.

Recent alumni work at prominent firms, including:

  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Live Nation
  • Viacom Media Networks
  • D'Addario & Co.
  • Emfb Music
  • Floating Opera New York
  • Prosound Music
  • Tri-Cities Opera
  • TuneCore

Those furthering their studies have enrolled at Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, University of Notre Dame, Rutgers University, University of Georgia, CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, and the New School.

99% report working, graduate school or both
94% accept employment within six months
$36K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation


Internships provide music business majors with valuable, real-world work experience that help students gain entry into the field. Students intern at companies that specialize in music management, marketing and promotion, publishing, touring, audio recording, production, and other fields. Most Hofstra students complete more than two internships before graduating.

Students have interned at record companies, management firms, entertainment venues, film companies, and manufacturers, including Live Nation, Atlantic Records, NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum, Miramax, D'Addario & Co., Korg USA, Webster Hall, PledgeMusic and other organizations.


music circle

The music department at Hofstra is a tight-knit community; classes, rehearsals, and private lessons fill the lives of most music majors here.

In addition to the department-sponsored ensembles, many student clubs serve as extensions of Hofstra's music programs MEISA - the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association, plans an annual conference that brings in professionals to network and speak about different aspects of the music industry. Consider joining one of Hofstra's competitive a capella singing groups: Sigma'Cappella, The Hofbeats, Makin' Treble, Chai Notes, and The Dutchmen. The Hofstra Gospel Ensemble and The SOS Brigade are also for music-minded students.

Besides Unispan Records, our student-run record label, you can participate in music industry speaker sessions and panels, both on campus and in New York City. The event also features a performance showcase.

Meet Claire Teson

A music business major, Claire Teson describes how her internship experience at Hofstra helped prepare her for a career in talent management. She also worked experience with Hofstra Concerts, a student group that plans on-campus concerts, involved booking artists, collaborating with venues, advertising, selling tickets and stage build-outs.

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