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Music Business Summer Institute: What Makes a Star?

What is A&R? Artist Branding? The 360 deal? Music Supervision? How do you create, market, and distribute music in the current music industry environment? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this two-week summer institute. By participating in class sessions, going on field trips, attending concerts, and interacting with music industry professionals you will be given an overview of the current music industry, challenge your ideas, and create innovative ways to discover, create, or develop future “stars” in the music industry.

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.

Program Dates

July 6 – July 17, 2020

Application Deadline

March 1, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,908 (Tuition)
$898 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)
$80 (Programming Fee) 
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available 

Intended For

Rising High School Seniors
Note: Although priority is given to rising high school seniors, if there are additional spots at the application deadline then applicants of varying ages are considered for admission.

What Makes a Star? Projected Topics to Be Covered:

The Music Business

  • The Music Business and its Sub-Systems
  • Overview of the Structure of a Record Label
  • The Role of the Songwriter and Music Publisher
  • Understanding Copyright and Music Licensing

Getting the Talent Ready for the Marketplace

  • Artist Development in the 21st Century /Branding

Promoting and Marketing the Talent

  • Promotion and Marketing of an artist in the 21st Century
  • Developing a Marketing Plan,

Live Performance and Touring

Global Markets

Careers in the Industry

Class Sessions and Activities will be held daily from 10:00 am-4:00 pm with a break for lunch. Evening activities are scheduled after 6:00 p.m.

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.

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 All letters of recommendation must be submitted on the Schools Official Letterhead and signed by the person who is recommending the student.

Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Current NYU Student Information

Application procedures and program cost information for current NYU students who wish to participate in summer programs.

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application will open January 15, 2020. Be one of the first to apply by signing up to receive a notification when the application goes live.

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Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

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Music Business Faculty
212 998 5427