Music Management

Music Management is a study programme for people who are passionate about being part of the music industry of the future. Music Management qualifies the student to work in management, development and operations in the music industry, and in related areas of the experience and cultural industries. The study programme is interdisciplinary and combines theory and practice in the interface between social studies and the arts. Study trips and internships help to strengthen the student’s networks, both in Denmark and abroad, and the study environment at RMC itself offers fruitful interdisciplinary relationships across the boundaries of the Conservatory’s various study programmes.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can read about this and much more under APPLICATION and ENTRANCE EXAMINATION below.

TIMELINE FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS: IMPORTANT DATES

  • Information meeting at RMC: 5 November 2019
  • Deadline for online application: 3 December 2019 at 12:00  CET
  • 1st round: Early January 2020. You are not present
  • Outcome of the 1st round: No later than 10 January 2020 by email
  • 2nd round: 22-23 January 2020
  • Outcome of 2nd round: Admission or rejection 15 april 2020 by email
  • Start of study: 17 August 2020

Read the general information about the application process HERE

Application

WHO CAN APPLY?

You must have concluded an upper secondary school leaving examination (stx), a higher preparatory examination (hf), a higher commercial examination programme (hhx), a higher business examination programme (eux) or a higher technical examination programme (htx), or be able to document an equivalent, concluded study programme abroad. No exemptions will be made from these requirements. 
If you haven't passed your upper secondary education yet, you must submit documentation from your school stating that you will pass the secondary education before start of study.
If you already have a degree from another further education (i.e. university), you must still upload your leaving certificat from upper secondary school, as it is qualifying.

You can apply for several programmes at RMC simultaneously, but the entrance examinations are not coordinated.

WHERE TO APPLY

You must apply online through Studieoptag.
You must create a profile, fill in the online application form and upload relevant files. 

WHAT SHOULD THE APPLICATION CONTAIN?

In the application form you will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What is your motivation for applying to the Music Management programme? (Max 1000 keystrokes)
  • Where do you see your professional life in 5 years? (Max 1000 keystrokes)
  • Discuss a relevant challenge in the music business. (Max 2400 keystrokes)
  • Additional comments (optional). (Max 500 keystrokes)
  • Inform of and describe your 4 most important music business relevant job experiences (Max 400 keystrokes pr experience)

In the application form you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Copies of examination diplomas. Please upload certified documentation in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.

Other enclosures will not be considered in the assessment.

APPLICATION FEE

Applicants for a bachelor programme at RMC must pay an application fee of 500 DKK. The fee covers part of the costs associated with the entrance examination and is non-refundable after the application deadline.

DEADLINE 

The deadline for applications is 1 December at 12:00 CET. If this date is a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the deadline will be at 12:00 CET on the next weekday.

Entrance examination

WHO IS SELECTED FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

All who apply for admission to the Bachelor programme Music Management, will have their applications assessed at the first round of the entrance examination.

FORM AND CONTENT OF THE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination is in two rounds:

1st round is an assessment of the written application.

2nd round consists of a bound assignment, followed by a presentation of your solution, a presentation of a project of your own choosing as well as an interview.

1ST ROUND

At the 1st round of the entrance examination, an assessment panel will assess the written application You are not present.

In assessing the application, the panel will consider:

  • Your ability to reflect and express yourself in writing.
  • Your general familiarity with the music industry.
  • Your experience in developing and/or managing projects within the music industry or related industries.
  • Your motivation for applying.

NO emphasis will be placed on whether or not you can play an instrument. The programme does not aim towards educating musicians in managing their own careers.

The assessment panel consists of three examiners. 

You will be assessed according to a 100 point scale, which is a subdivision of the Danish 7 step grading scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 in the Danish 7 step grading scale, is required to pass the audition.

The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.

SELECTION AFTER 1ST ROUND

Based on the assessment, a number of applicants are selected to advance to the 2nd round of the entrance examination.

It is a requirement that you pass the 1st round, to advance to the 2nd round.

All applicants, who are not through to the 2nd round, are offered a short feedback by telephone from the internal examiner from the entrance examination.

2ND ROUND - PRACTICAL GROUP TEST & INTERVIEW

Should you advance from the 1st round, we will invite you to the 2nd round.

2nd round consists of a bound assignment, followed by a presentation of your solution, a presentation of a project of your own choosing as well as an interview.

  • Bound assignment
    • You will choose between two bound assignments, which you are to solve. The assignment will be based on a realistic scenario from the music business and will be solved in an assigned room.
      Duration: 30 minutes
    • Afterwards you present your solution to the bound assignment.
      Duration: 5 minutes
  • Presentation of own project
    • You will present a music business relevant project that you have worked on in the past. The presentation will be prepared at home and may involve visual presentation (powerpoint, whiteboard etc.)
      Duration: 5 minutes
  • Interview
    • The interview is based on the written application, your solution to the bound assignment as well as the presentation of your own project. You will be given the opportunity to expand on and put your professional goals into perspective as well as your motivation for applying.
      Duration: 10 minutes.

The bound assingment is to be solved individually. Presentations and interview will be conducted before a panel consisting of three examiners. You are not allowed to bring other persons to the interview.

ASSESSMENT OF THE 2ND ROUND

After the 2nd round, an overall assessment of your presentations and the interview is undertaken.

In the assessment, emphasis is placed on:

  • Your professional competences, including your skills in idea development and innovation.
  • Your ability to reflect
  • Your ability to develop and realise projects in the music business, both individually and with others.
  • Your visions for your future professional life as well as your motivation for applying

You will be assessed according to a 100 point scale, which is a subdivision of the Danish 7 step grading scale. A minimum of 40 points, corresponding to 02 in the Danish 7 step grading scale, is required to pass the audition.

The assessment is given, related to the level that is required to commence the programme.

AFTER THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

ADMISSION

Following the second round of the entrance examination, a number of applicants are selected for admission. The selection is made on the basis of the results obtained in the first and second rounds. The selection process will also take into account the requirements of the music business.

Normally, six students are admitted to the programme. Due to the limited number of study places available, the RMC may reject some applicants even if they have passed the entrance examination.

Applicants will receive an e-mail mid-April informing them of whether or not they have been admitted.

All applicants, who are not offered a study place, are offered a short telephone feedback from the internal examiner.

WAITING LIST

A limited number of applicants who are qualified for admission, but who have not been admitted due to a lack of places available, may be offered a place on a waiting list. In the period up to 1 June, applicants on the waiting list may be offered admission.

ILLNESS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Illness must be documented by medical certificate if you wish to have the opportunity to take a make-up examination. The medical certificate must be provided no later than three days after the examination date. The Conservatory will determine the date of any make-up examination, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible. It will not be possible to take the make-up examination at any other time than that set by RMC. You are responsible for paying the cost of the medical certificate.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION LANGUAGE

The entrance examination is normally conducted in Danish. In cases where the applicant does not speak or understand Danish, the examination is carried out in English.

Programme structure

The Bachelor programme corresponds to 180 ECTS points, equivalent to three years of full-time study at 1,620 hours per year. A year of full-time study includes all work connected with the studies, including classes, independent study, examinations and all other study-related activities.

The programme consists of a range of subjects which in combination will prepare you for a career in the music industry, including general social science and humanities disciplines such as economics, law and communication, together with professionally-oriented studies.

The teaching varies between dialogue-based lectures, group work, projects and internships with guidance, international study trips, written assignments, seminars and company visits. The teaching is mainly provided within a particular year group; however, subjects and projects may also be provided in classes made up of students drawn from various years and/or study programmes.

The study programme concludes with a Bachelor project, in which you analyse a self-chosen issue of relevance to the music industry.

The programme has built up an international network of companies in the music industry, ranging from small, one-man businesses to major multinational corporations. As a student, you are given access to this network, which will provide you with many benefits both during your studies and in relation to your future career choices. The network also helps to ensure that the programme is always up to date in relation to trends in the industry. In the ordinary teaching, guest lecturers from the music industry are often involved.

The table below shows how the subjects and ECTS points are distributed in the programme.

COURSE 1. SEM 2. SEM 3. SEM 4. SEM 5. SEM 6. SEM ECTS PR. COURSE 
The Music Industry  2,5 2,5 2,5 2,5 30   40
Project Management 5 5 5 5     20
Music Analysis 2,5 2,5         5
Music Sociology  5 5 7,5 7,5     25
Strategy & Organisation 7,5 7,5         15
Economics 7,5 7,5         15
Law     7,5 7,5     15
Communication & Marketing     7,5 7,5     15
Innovation & Entrepreneurship            10 10
Bachelorproject           20 20
ECTS TOTAL 30 30 30 30 30 30 180

You can read more about the subjects and structure of the programme in the programme curriculum, where you will also find detailed descriptions of the individual courses – click on the link to the right.

The programme is a full-time programme of study, and attendance at tuition is compulsory. The language of instruction is usually Danish, but teachers may provide teaching in English to individuals or small groups as necessary. Teaching given by guest teachers, or in connection with study tours, is however typically provided in English.

On completing the programme, Music Managers will have acquired insight into the fields of the music industry and its activities, production conditions and methods, and will have gained practical work experience in selected areas of the music business or related industries. Graduates of the programme will possess knowledge of the fundamental financial, legal and managerial conditions of the business, as well as its environmental and framework conditions. In addition, graduates of the Music Management programme will possess insight into the history of music, genres and styles, the interaction between music, culture and society, and the artistic expression, creative processes, theoretical concepts and terminologies of music. The bachelor programme allows you to continue your studies at a Masters level on another educational institution. RMC does not offer the Music Management programme on a Masters level.

Career opportunities

The Music Management programme qualifies graduates for a variety of jobs within the music industry, for example with music companies, booking agencies, management companies, festivals, venues, media and internet companies, as well as similar jobs in related areas of the experience and culture industries. The employment opportunities depend on both market fluctuations in the business and on the priorities of cultural policy, and may therefore vary.

Sidsel Nørgaard-Larsen, graduated 2013


Where do you work today?
I work as a Music Project Manager at WiMP Music, focusing on VICE x WiMP Live Sessions. Alongside this I am taking a Master’s programme in Management of Creative Business Processes at Copenhagen Business School.

Why did you choose to study Music Management?
Music Management is a dream programme for music lovers who want to transform their passion into a professional career. After working full-time for the record label Music for Dreams, I had a natural desire to supplement my profile with broad industry knowledge and an understanding of how to run a successful business in the creative industries.

How do you see the future of the music industry?
I find there is a heightened curiosity in new music, and in visionary and dedicated industry players. And most importantly, there is now a new wave of Danish artists who can – and should – be successful on the international level. 

Emil Spangenberg, graduated 2007


Where do you work today?
I currently work as Communications Manager at Wonderful Copenhagen, the capital’s development company for tourism, events and international marketing.

What does a typical working day look like for you?
A typical day starts with an early scan of the news, both newspaper-based and on-line. When I get to the office, I typically start the day with team meetings or briefings with my management group on current issues and projects. One half of my job is very operational in relation to the Danish and international press, while the other half is more strategic, relating to project development, concept development and contact with a wide range of Copenhagen’s stakeholders and entrepreneurs. And then of course there is a lot of coffee and music in the office during the day.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
Firstly, my time at RMC was an intense period of my life, in the company of some of the most fun people I have ever met. But I think I acquired considerable professionalism, both in relation to the socio-economic subjects and in relation to the mechanisms (and challenges) that drive many small creative businesses. 

Lea Apollo, graduated 2013


Where do you work today?
I work at We Do Management, which is a management agency I set up with some fellow students from the Music Management programme in the autumn of 2011. My actual title is a bit indeterminate, but ‘Manager’ probably comes closest. I am also co-owner and partner at We Do Management, and label manager at Cheff Records.

Why did you choose to study Music Management?
I applied for Music Management when, at my former job at Sony Music, I began to feel that I was lacking a lot of the tools I needed to work in the industry. As well as the human and social skills that my job demands, it is also important to be able to handle everything from law and economics to marketing, and these were some of the subjects included in the programme – and directly related to the music industry, too.

What does a typical working week look like for you?
It’s extremely varied. In general, you could say that I work very closely with the artists and their business partners, so it is in this cooperation that my tasks are defined. But if you were to put some labels on it, they might include contract negotiation, finances, financial management, planning careers with business partners, business-to-business development, coordinating music videos, and an incredible number of meetings. 

Christian Møller, graduated 2006


Where do you work today?
I work at Universal Music Denmark, which is the Danish branch of the world’s largest record company, Universal Music Group. My job title is A&R Manager, which means I am responsible for finding and developing new artists for the Danish market.

What is the most important thing you gained from your study programme?
I discovered where my strengths lay, and I became sure that this really was the branch of the music industry I wanted to work in. I also found the course in Industry Knowledge very relevant, because it both gave me insight into the music industry and provided me with some inspiration from skilled professionals. Last but not least, the programme also helped to equip me with an invaluable network in the music business, through which I received the internship that later resulted in my dream job as A&R Manager.

How do you see the future of the music industry?
From my point of view, it is absolutely the digital market that is all-dominating right now, and will probably continue to be so in future. I think that talent development is more important than ever, as the market is being flooded with mediocre DIY releases. There is a need for artists with big hits who can force their way through and open up a pathway through all the noise. 

Teachers

Below, please find a list of teaching staff on the programme in the fall semester 2018, permanent academic staff as well as contract teachers.

RMC prioritizes diversity in terms of genre and fields of expertise when the entire group of teachers is composed.

As a student, you are offered a wide spectrum of professional impulses from permanent teaching staff as well as from contract and external teachers.

Within the core subjects of the programme, the teaching performed by the permanent staff will normally not exceed more than two thirds of the total number of teaching hours.

In relation to special courses, projects and similar activities, you will have the opportunity to meet a large number of external teachers.

Music Industry Studies:

Christian Taagehøj

 

Project management:

Anette Kristensen

Christian Berg Larsen

 

Music analysis:

Anders P. Jensen

 

Music sociology:

Henrik Marstal

 

Strategy & Organisation:

Per Darmer

 

Economics:

Flemming Olsen

 

Law:

Anne Sofie Alvad

 

Innovation & Entrepreneurship:

Anders Paarup

 

Communication & Marketing:

Mie Falkenstrøm

Head of programme

Programme Coordinator

Claus Finderup

cf@rmc.dk

About RMC

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) is an educational institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture and works on a non-commercial basis. RMC was founded in 1986 as the first music academy in Europe to specialize in contemporary rhythmic music.

 

RMC offers the highest education in contemporary rhythmic music - a multifaceted concept that embraces widely diverse genres such as rock, pop, jazz, urban, metal and electronic music.

 

Contemporary rhythmic music is a creative and performative art that builds upon a solid foundation in professional and cultural traditions.

 

At RMC contemporary rhythmic music means openness, curiosity, diversity and a critical position.

RMC Vision Statement 2019-2022

RMC is a pioneer in the study, practice and development of contemporary music.

 

At RMC, students and staff thrive in a creative atmosphere of inspiring exchange and inventive inquiry.

 

RMC educates future innovators in music who enrich artistic and cultural experience in the world.

 

Informed by deep knowledge and upon a foundation of highly developed skills, graduates install themselves in society and actualize potentials in a wide network of relations, both locally and globally.