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Billboard Ranks Music Biz Program High

For the second consecutive year, Billboard magazine included Hofstra University’s Music Department and its BS in Music Business program in a roundup of the country’s “Best Music Business Schools.” 

This past summer the Music Business program welcomed a new coordinator, Terrance Tompkins, who is experienced with A&R, artist management, marketing and touring. Billboard cited Hofstra’s program for teaming up with the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship to launch Mane Records, a student-run label that offers real-life experience recording, producing, promoting and distributing music. Hofstra students are mentored by top industry professionals, participating in workshops on campus and at recording studios in New York City. They are immersed in all aspects of the recording business, and perform the duties necessary to commercialize music over the course of a semester.

Hofstra’s chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) is very active, hosting lectures, posting regularly on social media and organizing a spring music industry conference that offers panels on publishing, live music, record labels and songwriting and studio production.

Hofstra was included on the Billboard list with schools such as Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, New York University, and USC.

Philip Stoecker, Chair of Hofstra’s Music Department, explains the success of the program: “Given our campus’ proximity to New York City, Hofstra is in the unique position to attract students from across the country that are interested in studying about the music business. Our graduates have secured positions at a variety of first-tier music companies from Atlantic Records, Sony Music, Madison Square Garden, Live Nation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, American Symphony Orchestra and Korg USA.”

 

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