Music Business Supplemental Application Package

Music Business Supplemental Application Package

All applicants must complete New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to the Music Business supplemental application package,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, 2018: Early Decision I
January 1, 2019: Early Decision II, regular decision
March 1, 2019: internal NYU transfers (including change of major within Steinhardt)
April 1, 2019: 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.

Please make sure you submit New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to this supplemental application.

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 ONE 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.

    Please note: GetAcceptd only allows for a limited amount of content to be uploaded to it. Because of this, please make sure all components of are submitted in one singular video.

  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 list

        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 the 2017 report from the Recorded Industry Association of America (RIAA), revenues from music streaming services totaled $5.7 billion including over $4 billion generated from 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 2023? What do you think are the key areas of growth for the industry and why?

  5. Optional Video:As we know our applicants may be musically talented in other areas, we offer the chance for our students to further highlight their musical abilities by submitting one additional optional video to GetAcceptd. Please note this is an optional aspect of the application and is not a requirement to be considered for the program.
    Transfer Students

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

    If you are an external transfer, please make sure you submit New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to this supplemental application.

    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 ONE 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.

        Please note: GetAcceptd only allows for a limited amount of content to be uploaded to it. Because of this, please make sure all components of are submitted in one singular video.

      4. Optional Video:  As we know our applicants may be musically talented in other areas, we offer the chance for our students to further highlight their musical abilities by submitting one additional optional video to GetAcceptd. Please note this is an optional aspect of the application and is not a requirement to be considered for the program.

      5. 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 department: Please complete the supplemental application package and submit by March 1 a cover letter, resume, and Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out to:
          Shanieka Brooks
          Music Business Program Academic Adviser
          35 West 4th Street, 11th Floor
          New York, NY 10012
        • Transfers to Music Business from another Music and Performing Arts Professions program: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out by October 31 (for Spring matriculation) or by March 1 (for Fall matriculation) to:
          Shanieka Brooks
          Music Business Program Academic Adviser
          35 West 4th Street, 11th Floor
          New York, NY 10012