The School of Music Business

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'SMB The School of Music Business. Renowned music industry icons lead a series of evening & weekend courses. Support by BBC 6 Music, Virgin & PRS.'

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Welcome to SMB: The School of Music Business

Renowned music industry leaders will teach a programme of short, affordable, evening and weekend courses at The School of Music Business in Kensington. 

The new school, now open for enrolments, is donating 20% of all profits to support emerging artists and music business start-ups in the form of grants. Courses taught by prominent industry figures aim to equip musicians and music business hopefuls with skills and networking opportunities required to succeed. The School of Music Business' PIONEER SERIES includes guest speakers including Blondie's Debbie Harry and founder of Black Butter Records, Olly Wood, who launched the careers of Rudimental, John Newman and Clean Bandit

Supported by BBC 6 Music, Virgin Business & PRS for Music.
Discounts for members of PRS, PPL, MMF & MU.

School founder and director Matt Errington says: “We’re excited to open our school and start the process of putting artists back in control of their own careers. Our incredible tutors will arm students with the tools necessary to take advantage of the industry, because all too often it’s been the industry that has taken advantage of them.”

The stellar line up of expert tutors includes:

  • AIM Award winning Alcopop Records founder, Jack Clothier leads a course on how to start and run a successful record label.
  • Federica Furlotti, a senior publicist at Outpost Media who has worked with a host of major artists including Bjork and Craig David, runs the music PR course.
  • Social Media Manager of Deezer UK Mickey Tropeano teaches a Saturday class for artists developing a social media strategy,
  • RTS Winner & BBC BAFTA nominated film-maker Terry Tyldesley will provide a media training master-class for musicians entering the spotlight.
  • A course for the next generation of music bloggers and journalists is being run by Kimberley-Marie Sklinar Green, founder of Never Enough Notes which was recently voted into the ‘Top 100 Most Influential Online Music Publications in The World’ by Style of Sound.
  • New and aspiring artist managers are also catered for with the course run by Tim Ferrone, whose background with EMI, Universal and The Ministry of Sound has seen him lead international campaigns for the likes of London Grammar.

Why choose The School of Music Business? 

  1. All of our courses are taught by renowned industry professionals currently working at the top of their field. SMB has brought together the experience and knowledge of major publishers, label founders, experienced artist managers, press and radio executives and entertainment lawyers, to deliver our range of high quality, music business courses.
  2. SMB has been designed to be affordable for all. We understand that musicians starting out in their artistic careers and those considering a new role within the music industry will be conscious of the costs involved. We've designed our short courses to be extremely affordable and huge value for money. 
  3. Evening and Saturday courses enable you to study and continue your current work. Flexibility has always been crucial to the success of SMB. We understand that fitting in extra learning, whilst holding down a full time job and other responsibilities can be difficult, so our courses take place in the evening and on weekends with flexible one to one sessions also available. 
  4. Small class sizes of no more than 12 students enable us to deliver the high standard of instruction we demand. We want to ensure that you have the time and opportunity to ask questions and to be able to relate what you learn back to your own work and situation. To achieve this we will never have a class larger than 12 students.
  5. Meet and network with other musicians and leading music industry professionals. Getting to know professionals and other musicians will play a vital role in the success of your career, and unlike some online courses that are available, studying at SMB provides the perfect opportunity to do both, face-to-face! We'll be providing extra guest Q&A sessions and other social events for students to take part in. The networking doesn't stop at the classroom!