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Music Industry Leadership, MS/JD

Over the course of 45 months, the program enrolls students successively in the School of Law and the College of Arts, Media and Design. JD/MS candidates must complete the first and last years of the program in the School of Law. The year of music industry courses in the College of Arts, Media and Design may be taken during either the second or third year.

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Over the course of 45 months, the program enrolls students successively in the School of Law and the College of Arts, Media and Design. JD/MS candidates must complete the first and last years of the program in the School of Law. The year of music industry courses in the College of Arts, Media and Design may be taken during either the second or third year.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

OVERALL LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Students should be able to integrate and synthesize leadership theory and practice, management theory and practice, music organization development, music organization financial management, and intellectual property management to be informed and efficient managers in the music industry; and
2. Students should be able to apply and synthesize theories and practice from divergent disciplines to the music industry.

LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
Students should be able to:

1. apply core fundamentals of leadership theory and practice applied to the music industry;
2. integrate leadership theories and practices as evidenced in literature reviews, empirical research studies, conceptual models, and case studies within the music industry; and
3. apply leadership theories and practices to the music industry directly via the creation of music organizations.

MANAGEMENT THEORY AND PRACTICE
Students should be able to:

1. describe various models for the organization, operation and sustaining of music organizations;
2. examine management practices within a wide variety of music and entertainment organizations; and
3. apply learned managerial theories through organization creation, simulations and group presentations.

MUSIC ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT
Students should be able to:

1. describe how a music organization is structured and operated;
2. explain the core legal and fiduciary requirements for a music organization relative to ensuring necessary resources; and
3. write essential organizational documentation such as articles of incorporation, bylaws and business plans.

MUSIC ORGANIZATION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Students should be able to:

1. identify the core concepts of accounting for a music organization; and
2. integrate the dynamics of establishing a system for financial management including, but not limited to, a chart of accounts, 3. financial statements, risk policy, and internal control policy.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Students should be able to:

1. explain the core concepts of copyright, trademark and patent law associated with music organizations;
2. describe the management of intellectual property within music organizations; and
3. apply intellectual property theory to the monetization and protection of musical compositions.

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Interests of Music Industry Leadership, MS/JD Students

  • business
  • copyright
  • entrepreneurship
  • intellectual property
  • leadership
  • marketing
  • music
  • music entrepreneurship
  • music management
  • organizational leadership

Co-op Opportunities

  • Aircraft Music Library
    Boston, MA
  • Harvard Law School
    Cambridge, MA
  • Island Record
    Providence, RI
  • Riptide
    Culver City, CA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • Research and analysis
    • Management
    • Marketing skills
    • Financial skills
    • Business ethics
    • Familiarity with intellectual property regulations
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Artist manager
    • Record label
    • Music publisher
    • Attorney
    • Promoter
    • Booking agent
    • Social media
    • Entrepreneur
    • Music licensing
    • Music supervision

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Department Chair, Professor

d.godfrey@northeastern.edu
617-373-6352

Administrators:

Cathy Bright

Graduate Enrollment Manager

c.bright@northeastern.edu
617-373-2566

Co-op Advisors:

Craig Bettinson, EDM

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

cr.bettinson@northeastern.edu
617-373-4261

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