Music Business & Industry

  • Bachelor of Science

In Person Plus at:

  • Lyndon, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

If you have a passion for music, you’ll thrive in the Bachelor of Science in Music Business & Industry (MBI) program at Vermont State University. Learn to write, record, and promote your own music, as well as market artists, produce concerts, and book tours. With Grammy-winning faculty, a student-run record label, internships with top artists and studios, trips to music festivals, and our strong music industry relationships, you’ll graduate with experience that will impress any music industry professional and help you stand out.

Why Study Music Business & Industry at Vermont State?

  • Exceptional career preparation: With opportunities such as internships with artists like James Taylor, trips to South by Southwest, and the chance to work at our student-run record label, our MBI degree is the perfect first step for a career in audio production, music management, or music promotion.
  • No audition or classical training requirements: In this program, a true passion for music and hard work are the primary prerequisites.
  • State-of-the-art recording studio: The control room features a Toft ATB 24 analog recording console connected to an Avid: Pro Tools HDX system. The tracking space comes fully equipped with microphones, cables, headphones, instruments, direct boxes, and stands. As an MBI major, you will have 24-hour access to this space for your coursework and personal projects.
  • Grammy-winning faculty: You’ll collaborate with faculty in small, tight-knit classes. Your professors have stellar reputations, including a multi-platinum songwriter and recording artist as well as a Grammy award-winning audio engineer who has worked with Big Sean, Ludacris, Deftones, Slayer, Michael Bublé, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Financial Aid for Music Business & Industry Students

Vermont State University offers an affordable music business degree to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in the Music Industry

We offer outstanding opportunities to help you gain practical skills and connections in the music business through internships, co-ops, career coaching, alumni networking, and more.

  • Past students have interned with James Taylor, a five-time Grammy winner, and worked as score mixers on films that premiered at Sundance.
  • MBI alumni have worked with Bonnaroo, Wanderlust, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and more.
  • In the Record Label Practicum course, you’ll work collaboratively on music projects from talent scouting through contract negotiation, pre-production, recording, and mastering.
  • MBI majors take trips to recording studios, the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, and the National Association of Music Merchants trade show.
  • We have a student-run record label that finds, develops, produces, and markets artists.
  • Through internship placements, you’ll accomplish over 270 hours of field work before graduating. We have strong industry relationships and great success in placing students in competitive entertainment industry positions.

Avid Pro Tools Certification

The MBI program offers two professional-level certifications that you can pursue during your time here: the Avid Certified Operator: Pro Tools (Post) and the Avid Certified User: Pro Tools. These are certifications for the industry-standard Pro Tools DAW software, which will demonstrate your industry chops before you have even graduated.

Student Stories

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“I’ve taken every opportunity I could to get involved, including putting on ten to fifteen shows a year with the Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (MEISA) club. I also created a marketing approach for a performing artist — and the artist is actually using it!”

Lily Robitaille ’21
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“Getting a job right out of college was a career highlight for sure. When employers look at resumés of people who have graduated from our MBI program, they see a high level of student involvement. That’s what sets us apart. You’re developing skills the entire time, working toward your career goals in a hands-on manner.”

Jordan Racine ’16