This programme allows you to develop the business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise on your creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge.
The Music Pathway of the MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship allows you to build on a historical and theoretical understanding of cultural and creative industries and the development of a cultural economy to create your own creative initiatives, which might be research-based, policy-based, practice-based, or a combination of any or all of these.
The MA will be taught in partnership by a number of departments within Goldsmiths and with key individuals and organisations in the creative and cultural industries sector.
Our collective approach is to integrate entrepreneurship within the development of creative practices and to take a ‘creative’ approach to the development of new businesses and the infrastructure that supports them.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor
Modules & structure
The programme contains four taught modules and a further dissertation/portfolio component.
Music Pathway students choose an option offered by the Music Department for module II. Attendance is mandatory for all taught sections of the programme. To encourage collaborative learning we try to teach all students together wherever possible, irrespective of their particular pathway.
|Module I: Theories of Capital||30 credits|
|Module II: Creative Practice||30 credits|
|Module III: Entrepreneurial Modelling||30 credits|
Module IV: Entrepreneurial Practices and Modes of Production
Either: Sector Overiew: Performing Arts and Audience Development and Fundraising 30 Credits
OR Audience Development and Fundraising Work Placement 30 Credits
Module V: Dissertation or project/portfolio
EITHER: Dissertation or Project/Portfolio
The content and research imperatives of the dissertation/portfolio can be developed in tutorials with staff to address your individual needs. It could range from an entirely written document researching a particular area of the cultural and creative industries to a fully developed proposal for a new business.
Module II: Creative Practice
|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|
|Sound Agendas||30 credits|
|Sources and Resources||30 credits|
|Soviet and Post-Soviet Music and Politics||30 credits|
|Strategies for Performance||30 credits|
|Working with Original Musical Documents||30 credits|
|Entrepreneurial Modelling||30 credits|
Module IV: Entrepreneurial Practices and Modes of Production within one creative industry sector
You take one of the following modules:
|College-based sector overview||30 credits|
|Internship and management practice||30 credits|
|Dissertation or Project/Portfolio plus reflective analysis||60 credits|
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We engage directly with external partners from the creative industries,
and make use of our home in the heart of this thriving global city
Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
The creative industries and cultural sector are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. In the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) we specialise in preparing our students to understand, manage and innovate in these fascinating areas.
Many of our programmes are taught in partnership with international, regional and local cultural organisations, giving you the opportunity to gain direct experience of professional practice.
Find out more about the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.
Music at Goldsmiths is ranked: 12th in the UK for the quality of our research* 22nd in the world for performing arts**
From opera to electronica, and from Errollyn Wallen to James Blake, music studies at Goldsmiths are unique and different. Firmly rooted in the 21st century, our programmes entwine academic with practice-based study, and historical with contemporary repertories.
We’re committed to high quality, ambitious and innovative performance, and we have a wide range of ensembles that you can join, including:
- Goldsmiths Sinfonia
- Chamber Choir
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
- Lunchtime and evening recitals
- Music Collective
- Studio Laptop Ensemble
- Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble
- Plus student-led ensembles: Chamber Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Big Band and Film Orchestra
- Goldsmiths Gamelan Group
These culminate in our end-of-year degree show and public music festival PureGold, which in recent years has launched at London’s Southbank Centre.
We have excellent rehearsal and performance facilities including:
- Goldsmiths Music Studios
- Electronic Music Studio
- Sonics Interactive Multimedia Laboratory
- Council Chamber (with its Steinway Model D)
- Two suites of practice rooms
Find out more about the Department of Music.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Skills & careers
The programme will enable those who have previously studied an area of creative study/practice, such as music, to start a career developing a business arising from an existing or new creative practice. This may relate directly to a 'product' or 'process' arising from you own practice or to a form of 'expertise', 'consultancy' or 'knowledge'. The programme will also equip those who wish to work within organisations that develop the infrastructure and environment for new creative businesses with the capacity to flourish in a variety of contexts.
You can expect to develop an independence and integrity in developing creative ideas. You will be able to apply entrepreneurial approaches to creative projects and demonstrate an understanding of different business models to establish a creative enterprise. You will also develop team-working and leadership skills, and effective business and communication skills.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
Evidence of some engagement with or experience of contemporary music making as a performer or creative artist is desirable, whether in classical, popular or world music genres, together with some understanding of management/administration issues as they particularly relate to music and musicians.
We also welcome applications from students who are practising musicians who may wish to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, or develop a specific music-related company or business.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
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
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- 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 must demonstrate in your written application and in interview that you have a capacity for creative and cultural entrepreneurship, and that you are able to meet the intellectual demands of the programme.
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. When applying, please specify your preferred pathway (in this case, Music).
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 application deadline.
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.