Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide
Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

It used to be that the school of hard knocks was enough to land you a gig in the music business-but no longer. With the contraction of the industry increasing the competition for jobs and the advent of ever-evolving digital technologies, graduates need a strong foundation in business to start on an executive track. Here, Billboard presents our first guide to the nation's music business schools and the innovative educators who are guiding the students of the industry.

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Click on a region below to read about the best colleges for music business in each area.

music schools in the northeast

music schools in the south

music schools in the west

Reported and compiled by Courtney Baldasare, Walter Frazier, Emma Gaedeke, Elizabeth Hurst, Gabriella Landman, Palika Makam, Jillian Mapes, Craig Marks and Megan Vick.