Music Business

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This program is part of the Music Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts
Music Business

Picture yourself tweaking the board during sound check at Red Rocks. Or signing an indie band you discovered to a three-album contract for your label. Imagine arranging an orchestra to perform a symphony you composed. Or sweetening the final mix of a record you produced.

This is the music industry. And it’s as full of career opportunity as it is glamorous. Whether you’re interested in the recording and production side or in music composition, live performance, and teaching, the music industry includes hundreds of careers that require expert skills and talent from its professionals.

The Music Business program at MCC helps you gain the knowledge you need for a career in the music industry. It helps you build your technical skills through classroom instruction, written assignments, business plan design, and presentations. The program provides you with hands-on experience in real-world situations through the production and administration of actual performing arts projects. And ultimately you develop an aesthetic and creative understanding of performance as both an art and a profession.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Music Business program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Disc Jockey Techniques I
Certificate of Completion CCL Disc Jockey Techniques II
Certificate of Completion CCL Music Business


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Music Business program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Disc Jockey Techniques
Associate in Applied Science AAS Music Industries: Music Business

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Music Business program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Music Business and Disc Jockey programs is available through the Enrollment Services Department.  We have a dedicated program advisor who specializes in the Music Business and Disc Jockey programs: 

Ms. Dzintra Malins, Academic Advisor
Enrollment Services
Phone:  480-461-7262

Ms. Malins can help you with academic advisement, program planning, permissions to enroll, Time Frame applications, and graduation requirements and applications.

Ms. Malins is available to help via phone, online web chat, email and in-person. She is, generally, on campus during regular business hours, M-F.