Music Business at Belmont University

The Professor knew Nashville was nicknamed “Music City,” and after a lively visit to Belmont University, he sees why. There are performance halls, studios, and clubs all over campus and all over town. Talented musicians perform country, opera, symphony, and just about every other genre you can imagine. No wonder Belmont offers three different degrees in Music Business. In fact, it has the only Music Business program in the world that’s accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB. Graduates have worked as sound engineers and producers, or pursued one of dozens of other music-industry careers. (Country recording artists Brad Paisley and Trisha Yearwood are alumni!)

With about 6,900 students (up from about 3,000 in 2000) Belmont is a fast-growing, Christian-based college. The school’s Christian ethic fuels an active Service Learning program. Students from each of the 80-plus fields of study volunteer for community projects related to their majors. For example, English and education majors tutor schoolchildren, and nursing students help with projects such as community health fairs. For Music Business students, there’s the Service Corps, the largest student organization on campus, which places student volunteers inside the music industry.

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Belmont also attracts students of many different faiths from every state and 25 countries. With all this diversity, The Professor noticed that everyone here seems to have faith in music! The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music offers intensive training in songwriting, audio engineering, and hundreds of other music-business details. The Curb College also helps students connect the wider world of music and entertainment through the CURB College News Page. It’s updated frequently with things such as discounts to live shows, calls for music-TV extras, and industry jobs for students.

Belmont’s thriving music community also includes the School of Music, several music organizations, and three recording studios. If that’s all music to your ears, The Professor recommends a glance at the Music Facilities page. It highlights Belmont’s impressive range of venues, from the intimate, ornate Belmont Mansion to the 1,000-seat, state-of-the art Massey Performing Arts Center.

The crown jewel of Belmont’s venues is the Curb Event Center, a 90,000-square-foot sports and entertainment complex. It has hosted the likes of Maya Angelou, the nationally televised CMT Music Awards, and one of the 2008 presidential debates.

With such a flourishing performance culture and so many entertainment hot spots, you might wonder if Belmont students have much time left for academics. They do, in fact. Belmont was included on the 2014 listing of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about Belmont University’s application requirements and deadlines for Music Business and other programs, please visit

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