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LIPA makes Billboard’s list of top music business schools

Tuesday 04 August 2020

LIPA makes Billboard’s list of top music business schools
Each year Billboard compiles a directory of the best industry-related courses for people looking to follow a career in the music business. LIPA was included for its BA (Hons) Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre and Events course. Dave Wibberley is course leader. He says: “Billboard is the US music industry bible and is respected worldwide.

“For it to recognise our course is thrilling and testament to the work we do every day.”

Billboard claims this year’s list is its most extensive yet and focused on programmes that offered a “broarder, deeper education.”

The foundation of LIPA’s three-year Management degree is a comprehensive understanding of business and management skills that are transferrable across the performing arts (including music, theatre, film and social media).

By their second year, students put this theory into practice by creating a business plan and managing it as a real commercially focused project. The third year begins with a three-month industry placement, that often leads to employment opportunities.

Abby Meysenburg - who’s from Washington State, USA – has just completed the course. She enjoyed this approach. “In my experience, the most useful classes were the ones in which the business and creative skills went hand-in-hand.

“That’s the way things work in the ‘real world’, so it’s good to have experience stretching both parts of your brain simultaneously.”

LIPA is one of just three UK institutions to be included in the global list, and the only one of the three outside of London. Abby says Liverpool is a great place to study the performing arts. “What I enjoyed most about the course was calling Liverpool home whilst I completed it.

“The city is unique in that it has the infrastructure for creative industries but it’s not overly saturated in the way that Los Angeles, New York, or London are. There is room to try new things here, people are keen to experiment and to learn from their failures.”

Graduates from LIPA’s Management degree include Oscar nominated film producer Lynette Howell Taylor, Facebook’s Head of Music Vanessa Bakewell and Ed Millett, who co-founded Tap Management, whose clients include Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey.

You can find out more about the course here.

BA (Hons) Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre and Events