Summer Programs

Music Business Summer Institute: What Makes a Star?


Session I

Program Dates: June 27 - July 8, 2016
(Residential Students Move-in: June 26, Move-out: July 9)
Priority Application Deadline: April 25, 2016
Final Application Deadline: May 9, 2016

Session II

Program Dates: July 18 -- July 29, 2016
(Residential Students Move-in: July 17, Move-out: July 30)
Priority Application Deadline: May 16, 2016
Final Application Deadline: May 30, 2016


Intended for: High School Students

Program Description & Faculty

How do record labels discover new talent? What is the expanded role of the music manager in the current music industry environment? How does an artist  brand themselves using social media? Why is it important to perfect your live performances?  These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this 10 day Music Business Summer Institute.

By participating in class sessions, attending concerts, visiting major venues or music industry sites and interacting with industry professionals you will walk away with a brief overview of the current music industry, challenge your ideas about the future of the industry and create innovative ways to discover, develop and market the future “stars” in the music industry.

Applicants do not need to be musicians to apply. Just possess a genuine desire to learn about what it takes to have a long term career as a musician, singer-songwriter, manager, producer, concert promoter, executive or entrepreneur in the music industry.

*Applicants must be 16 years of age or older in order to be considered for this program. 

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Program Costs and Fees

Below are all costs associated with the What Makes A Star? Program:

    • Tuition: $1,800
    • Application Fee: $55; nonrefundable and paid at the end of the 2016 Summer Application
    • Housing & Meal Plan (optional): $788 shared room with 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week
    • International Students have additional Visa and/or participation fees
Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

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Application Information

A completed application consists of:

  1. A 2016 MPAP Summer Application
  2. Correctly uploaded audition materials in Get Acceptd and $55 application fee (paid at the end of Acceptd)

*If you are an international student please go to the Application for International Students Website for application details.

Your application will be reviewed once your application is complete and not beforehand. 

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Audition Requirements

  • Students will be required to submit a letter of recommendation from a Principal, Vice-Principal, Private Teacher or Guidance Counselor who can address the student’s academic performance and any extracurricular activities they are involved in and why they think the student is a good candidate for the What Makes a Star? Program.
    • This letter should be sent directly to the Attention of the Faculty Coordinator at

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Housing Information

Session I:                                           Session II:

Move in: June 26th, 2016                 Move in: July 17th, 2016
Move out: July 9th, 2016                  Move out: July 30th, 2016 

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International Students

Please follow this short check list as a guide of the necessary steps needed to take as an international student. 
    1. Complete the 2016 MPAP Summer Programs Application 
      With indication of housing need and financial need (if that would apply to your situation) 
    2. Submit proof of English language proficiency

Important International Student Details (Click Here)

Program Contacts

Program Administration                     

MPAP Summer Programs
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012
(p) 212 998 5438

Academic Content

Music Business Faculty
35 West 4th Street, Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012 

Graphic by Tryson John, Alumni, WMAS? and Music Business Program.