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A Billboard Magazine Top 15 school for Music Business

Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business is distinctive for many reasons, including its location, facilities, expertise and experience of its faculty. The Music Business Program is the largest department on Belmont’s campus and is part of the largest college, Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.


The Music Business (MBU) major develops the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a range of careers within the music business, such as record company operations, music publishing, artist management, publicity, concert promotion and booking. Music Business students complete the B.B.A. curriculum, which is accredited by AACSB International, with a major in Music Business and an emphasis focused on specific interests of the student. Particularly, this major combines traditional business courses (accounting, business law, finance, management and economics) with specialized music business courses (publishing, copyright law, artist management, public relations, concert promotion and marketing). Further, students choose an emphasis area, from a general music business emphasis to particularized emphases which allow the student to focus their attention on a more detailed career path.

Our extensive alumni base fills the ranks of the music industry across the country, many of whom support our programing, offer internships, and serve as mentors. Our instructors are industry professionals and strong academic scholars, and our facilities on Music Row put you in direct contact with the same music industry leaders you will work with when you graduate. In addition, the internship program offers placements ranging from major and independent record labels and publishers, to agencies and management firms, commercial and home studios, and everything in between.

Music Business: Allows you to take a variety of certain electives from within the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, as well the College of Business.
Legal Studies: Allows you to take specific legal classes focusing on theory, institutions, culture, ethics, and justice.
Legal Studies (3+3): Allows you to begin an entertainment law track that serves as preparation for attendance at the Belmont College of Law. This emphasis allows the student to earn a B.B.A and a Juris Doctor degree in six years from Belmont University. Students must be accepted directly by the Belmont College of Law, via their own admissions process.
Music Production: TTeaches necessary skills for a career in the development and production of music through listening skills and building sessions in digital audio workshops. Attention is given to use of audio technology in art, entertainment, science, and engineering.
International Music Business: Prepares you for careers abroad or domestic related to international music and music business. 
Live Event ManagementProvides you with a strong foundation for careers working in various venues, concerts, working with fairs and festivals, etc.
Tour Operations: Provides students with a foundation for supply chain, distribution, and logistics management with emphasis on the music industry.
Top 10 reasons the Curb College is a Billboard Magazine top music business school
  • Top 10 Music Business School

    Located at the top of famed “Music Row” in Nashville, Tenn., Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business is internationally renowned and a key part of Belmont’s Christian community of learning and service. Recognizing an established leader in music business and recording industry education, Billboard Magazine named the Curb College one of the “Top Music Business Schools” in the U.S.

  • The R. Milton and Denise Johnson Center is the central home of the CEMB

    1. World Class Facilities

    The R. Milton & Denice Johnson Center opened in August of 2015 and includes state-of-the-art screening theaters, computer labs, mixing suites, digital production and animation studios, motion picture sound stage and more.

  • World class faculty

    2. Talented and Multifaceted Faculty

    The Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business employs an impressive faculty of academic scholars and authors, producers and engineers, songwriters and legal experts with years of experience in all aspects of the music, recording and entertainment industries.

  • Students work hard to set up stage sound and lighting equipment

    3. Coast-to-Coast Opportunities

    The Belmont USA program offers opportunities for students to expand their cultural experience and potential career opportunities by living, studying and interning in New York City, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

  • 4. Renowned Recording Studios

    Belmont owns and operates three of the most historic and remarkable recording studios available to students anywhere in the world: Ocean Way Nashville, Quonset Hut and Historic Columbia Studio A. Our students learn their craft in the same studios where legends like Bob Dylan and current stars like Luke Bryan have recorded music.

  • 5. Dynamic Academic Programs

    The Curb College offers multiple unique, innovative and ground-breaking programs in music business, audio engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, motion pictures and songwriting.

  •  Students prepare lighting and equipment on the soundstage

    6. Career-Changing Internships

    Belmont works closely with over 360 companies in the United States to provide students with internship opportunities. Companies include: Sony, Curb Records, CAA, WME, CMT, The WB Network, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox, MTV, VH1, Radio City Music Hall and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

  • One of two theaters on Belmont's campus

    7. Pipeline Project

    Belmont believes that students can be at the heart of creative solutions and innovation for the entertainment and music industry. Out of this belief, Belmont created a one of a kind solutions based summer program. Top students work directly with industry leaders to navigate some of the industry's toughest questions.

  • 8. Prime Access

    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Access to music row sets Belmont apart. We host over 80 industry guests on campus for seminars and workshops each semester.

  • 9. Marquee extra-curricular programming

    In the Curb College, education doesn't stop in the classroom. Curb’s extra-curricular programming is second to none. Students have the opportunity to work events like the Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, CMA Awards and many more. The Curb College offers 10+ student clubs that are unique to the entertainment industry, including our student showcase series that produces 6 arena-sized productions annually. Because of Curb’s strong student programs, Belmont was the first to partner with both the Grammy office and the CMA office to pilot their first student education chapters.

  • 10. Successful Alumni

    Our graduates have been leading in the industry for over 45 years. From artists like, Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, Judah and the Lion and COIN – to top executives like Ben Vaughn (Warner/Chappell), Clint Higham (Morris Higham Management), Cindy Mabe (Universal Music Group), Kevin Grosch (Made In Network) – and we could go on.