Music Business Supplemental Application Package

Music Business Supplemental Application Package

In addition to the Music Business supplemental application package, all applicants must complete New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions. Please note that the Music Business Program only admits freshmen and transfers for the Fall term.

Application to the Steinhardt Music Business undergraduate program includes a required supplemental application package. No performance audition is required. All applicants must demonstrate music potential, as the degree is a bachelor of music in Music Business. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program, but upon graduation, you will have gained significant music skills. Please do not send letters of recommendation or other supplementary materials.

Supplemental Package Deadlines

November 1, 2017: Early Decision I
January 1, 2018: Early Decision II, regular decision
March 1, 2018: internal NYU transfers (including change of major within Steinhardt)
April 1, 2018: external transfers 

Freshman Applicants

The Music Business supplemental application package consists of four components: a cover sheet, résumé, short video, and two essays, all of which you will upload to GetAcceptd; your cover sheet, résumé, and essays should be in PDF format.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Complete the cover sheet.
  2. Create a one-page résumé that shows your school, any work/internship/volunteer positions you’ve had, and any musical/extracurricular activities you are involved in.
  3. Record a short video with the components noted below. The video helps the Music Business faculty assess your ability to carry a tune and stay on pitch; the faculty do not use it to evaluate your vocal quality, and you do not have to worry about any special lighting or production qualities. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program.
    Components for the video:
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a one-octave major scale, ascending and descending, in any key.
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) one verse and one chorus of Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a verse and a chorus of any existing song you’d like. The song must have a melody that you can sing, must already be recorded by another artist, and may not be spoken word.
  4. Write two essays:
    • Essay topic 1 (350 words minimum, 400 words maximum)

      Below is a typical course list for your first year as a Music Business student at NYU. This first-year foundations curriculum will prepare you for success in the rest of your time at NYU. Please write about ways you foresee that these foundation courses will connect with each other and with the future music industry. In your answer, consider career areas that you are specifically interested in.

      Course Area

      Number of Courses

      Music Theory and Aural (Listening) Skills

      2

      Algebra and Calculus or Calculus I (Liberal Arts)

      1 or 2

      Keyboard Training

      2

      Business Structure of the Music Industry + Music Business

      2

      Writing the Essay (Liberal Arts)

      2

      Private music lesson or music technology class

      1

      Economics (Liberal Arts)

      1 or 2

    • Essay topic 2 (350 words minimum, 400 words maximum)

      According to a midyear report from the Recorded Industry Association of America (RIAA), revenues from music streaming services in the first half of 2016 totaled $1.6 billion, up 57% year over year, and accounted for 47% of total industry revenues, and driving 8.1% overall growth in the first half of 2016 -- the strongest industry growth since the late 1990’s. This growth was driven by an increase in paid subscriptions to services like Spotify Premium, Apple Music and TIDAL.

      Considering this data and the impact of sites like YouTube that deliver ad-supported music to consumers, what will the market for music be like in the year 2021? What do you think are the key areas of growth for the industry and why?

Transfer Students

The Music Business supplemental application package consists of three components: a cover sheet, résumé, and short video, all of which you will upload to GetAcceptd; your cover sheet and résumé should be in PDF format.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Write a one-page cover letter, addressed to the Music Business Program Admissions Committee, that includes:
    • Your name and the name of the college or university you are attending
    • Your academic major
    • The number of university semesters you have completed
    • The reason you want to leave your current institution and enroll in the NYU Music Business program
  2. Create a one-page résumé that shows your school, any work/internship/volunteer positions you’ve had, and any musical/extracurricular activities you are involved in.
  3. Record a short video with the components noted below. The video helps the Music Business faculty assess your ability to carry a tune and stay on pitch; the faculty do not use it to evaluate your vocal quality, and you do not have to worry about any special lighting or production qualities. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program.
    Components for Video:
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a one-octave major scale, ascending and descending, in any key.
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) one verse and one chorus of Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a verse and a chorus of any existing song you’d like. The song must have a melody that you can sing, must already be recorded by another artist, and may not be spoken word.
  4. Additional steps:
    • Transfers to NYU from another academic institution: Please use this application
    • Transfers to NYU Steinhardt from another NYU school: Pease follow these guidelines.
    • Transfers to Music Business from another NYU Steinhardt program: Please submit a Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out to:
      Shanieka Brooks
      Music Business Program Academic Adviser
      35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
      New York, NY 10012