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University of Liverpool: Classical Music Industry

Institution University of Liverpool
Department School of Music
Telephone 0151 794 5927
Study type Taught


The MA Classical Music Industry is a unique programme for anyone interested in progressing their career in the music management, the music industry, arts management, or other roles in the public sector (learning and participation, heritage management, music in the community, arts administration). The MA is directly underpinned by real-world experience in the music industry, including a substantial placement with the largest arts employer in the region: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

You will be taught by staff with research and wider professional expertise in the classical music industry from within the Department of Music and from guest speakers. Your learning will be enhanced by our performance facilities, such as the Tung Auditorium (opened spring 2022), a 400-seat state-of-the-art music venue geared towards classical music performance; the concert hall supports a lively and diverse programme of live music throughout the year. The RLP’s concert hall (Philharmonic Hall) is just five minutes’ walk away, and hosts hundreds of concerts annually, including those by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Expertise from the RLP’s diverse activities – including its extensive learning and education programme, the In Harmony Liverpool project, and regular work on music and mental health – informs the course at every stage.

The course includes a period of internship with the RLP, in which students undertake a guided placement within the organisation and have the opportunity to become closely familiar with the operation, management and development of a professional symphony orchestra and its wider portfolio of activity. You will enjoy privileged access to concerts throughout your study and meet members of the orchestra and administration team in ways not available to the general public or students on other programmes.

As a consequence of the wide range of professional opportunities built into the course you will graduate with enhanced employment prospects relevant to arts management roles. These prospects will be enriched not just by exposure to the best minds of two historic and thriving institutions (the University of Liverpool and the RLP) but by the support we give you to complete a dissertation in your chosen specialist field. Internship opportunities

The MA includes a significant work experience dimension with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.


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