Course information

Department

Music
Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

This programme builds on London's position as one of the most important musical centres in the world, with a diverse range of concert halls, theatres, cultural institutions and arts events that reflect its cosmopolitan and multicultural society.

Although professional management practice is a major element of the programme, the 'creative arts event' is the starting point for all teaching.

A music pathway has been added to the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, which is run by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths.

Instead of specialist theatre modules, you take one 30 credit module from the MA Music programme, and your dissertation/placement/business-plan will be directed towards musical organisations.

The MA introduces the key issues that concern the management of culture and in particular those within the performing arts.

Through both analysis of contemporary and recent practice, and practical work in a range of areas, you will develop a critical approach to the discipline.

The pathway provides an overview of the following areas:

  • arts funding structures in the UK (with reference to European and Scandinavian countries, and others globally)
  • marketing for the arts
  • audience development
  • sponsorship
  • education programmes within the arts
  • programming
  • culture and tourism
  • cultural policy (including the role of the arts in national and cultural identity) and principles and structures of management

The aim of taught modules, projects and placements is to introduce you to new models of practice. These will be investigated and evaluated as a way of developing an understanding of management principles. Through this process, you will also be equipped with the necessary practical skills to enhance your potential as arts administrators.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Gerald Lidstone.

What you'll study

There are many ways of doing this degree part-time. We recommend having a conversation with the programme convenor about how to proceed, and to determine time commitments.

Please see the MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy term breakdown for full-time and part-time modules.

Modules within ICCE

Module title Credits
Cultural Policy and Practice 30 credits
Introduction to Audience Development n/a
Introduction to Fundraising n/a
Seminar Series & Guest Speakers n/a
Management and Professional Practice 1: Work Placement 30 credits
Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts Organisations 30 credits
MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy: Dissertation 60 credits

Music Pathway option modules

It is advisable that you have studied a degree in Music, and covered some music theory prior to studying these modules.

Most ICCE students take the Music Management module listed below.

The modules currently available include:

Module title Credits
Contemporary Ethnomusicology 30 credits
Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
Material, Form and Structure 30 credits
New Directions in Popular Music Research 30 credits
Philosophies of Music 30 credits
Popular Music: Listening, Analysis and Interpretation 30 credits
Music Management 30 credits
Sound Agendas 30 credits
Sources and Resources in the Digital Age 30 credits
Soviet and Post-Soviet Music and Politics 30 credits
Strategies for Performance 30 credits
Working with Original Musical Documents 30 credits
Philosophies of Music 30 credits

Assessment

The assessment for the specialist music component will be as given in the individual module descriptions.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Jess Robertson

"The course really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what a creative mind (with a love of logistics and organisation, like mine!) could do."

When I first started at Goldsmiths in September 2013 (MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy: Music Pathway) I had already been working at the Really Useful Group for several months, digitising and cataloguing the Andrew Lloyd Webber music library. I had studied Music at undergrad loved working with music in such an exciting setting, but wanted to really expand my understanding of the industry, related fields, and practises outside of London and beyond the UK. The guest speakers that we met in the first few months of the course really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what a creative mind (with a love of logistics and organisation, like mine!) could do. I interned with Classical Opera, where I worked on an audience development scheme to help the company's upcoming performance of La Clemenza di Tito reach more local students and young people. 

My role at RUG evolved, and I was able to engage with other departments in the company using what I'd learned at Goldsmiths about fundraising, marketing, management and staffing structures, and the role of West End Theatre in the wider UK and European theatre industry. Two of the best experiences I had were working on the Cats revival at the Palladium in November 2014, and preparing scores for School of Rock: The Musical on Broadway.

Cecilie Dreyer

"The practical focus of the music pathway course pushed me to take my new understanding and form it into a real-life project."

"I started at Goldsmiths after completing a BSc degree of Economics and Business Administration, during which I had obtained work experience in the music business in Copenhagen and Los Angeles. During my studies at Goldsmiths I was working at Kartel Music Group focusing on business development analysis and the development of non-financial KPIs to measure performance of their service clients.

My studies at Goldsmiths led me to see the music business in a new way. The MA Arts Admin course introduced me to various business models in the wider creative industries, which mainly provided me with a new understanding of how to foster and grow artistic talent, especially in the music industry, in the most cost-effective way. The practical focus of the music pathway course pushed me to take my new understanding and form it into a real-life project, thus, Banders was founded.

Banders is a new start-up aiming to empower the generation of do-it-OURselves creators. The mission is to facilitate relationships in the wider creator-sphere, through technology that employs creative passion for music. The team currently consists of 6 members located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and London. The platform will launch mid-2017. I am currently the director of the company on a full-time basis."

Cecilie is Director & Founder at Banders Ltd

Victoria Forsey

" During the MA I focused my dissertation on the cultural education agenda in place in England. The ability to conduct this research in an institution that encourages lateral thinking and reaching beyond the bounds of societal structures, was truly empowering."

As a classically trained singer I came to Goldsmiths unsure of how I would use the MA in a professional manner but soon came to discover that my passion for unlocking the potential increase for audiences and interest in Western Art Music- especially that of Opera, would be best served by committing my coursework and skills to arts education. 

During the MA I focused my dissertation on the cultural education agenda in place in England. The ability to conduct this research in an institution that encourages lateral thinking and reaching beyond the bounds of societal structures, was truly empowering.

I am currently an intern with Saatchi Gallery, assisting with the schools programme. This has been a fantastic opportunity where I have gained the know-how to facilitate learning initiatives for a variety of school ages and learning abilities, in addition to furthering the administrative skills honed during an internship with the prestigious music seminar IMS-Prussia Cove.

See more profiles for this programme

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a subject concerned with arts and culture or another relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £11200
  • Home - part-time: £5600
  • International - full-time: £20250

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline. 

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

This pathway allows you to pursue your interests in music, acting as a supplementary course to the main body of the Arts Administration programme.

Graduates typically go on to careers in the following areas:

  • Cultural policy: researching, developing, writing, analysing and evaluating policy for government agencies at national, regional and local level and for ‘think tanks’ concerned with culture and society
  • Management in building-based and touring theatre, festivals, dance, music, and visual arts organisations
  • Arts education, arts regeneration and arts for social and community purposes, all of which may be music-based
  • Audience development, fundraising, programming and planning
  • Independent producing in music, theatre, or gallery-based organisations

Many students from this programme now have careers in major arts organisations worldwide or have progressed to MPhil/PhD degrees.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

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