Creative Arts

Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Managing music events
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Music marketing

Advanced Diploma of Music Business

Combine your passion for music with business skills in this exciting industry. Learn to develop, maintain and implement strategic and operational plans, negotiate and manage contracts and plan and manage music events.

Course Overview

Course Code:D365 (National ID: CUS60309) 
Careers:Artist Manager, Tour Manager 

40 weeks split into 4 x 10 week stages.
The first 10 week stage begins when the student commences allowing for flexible starting points.

How:Full time, Fee for service 

Intake:Semester 1, Semester 2 
International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:Yes 

About the course

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This flexible 40 week course (split into 4 x 10 week stages) provides the opportunity for you to develop and manage music projects in the area of recording, performance, marketing, management and publishing. Based at Central's Leederville campus, you will have access to state of the art recording and rehearsal studios, a live performance venue and a suite of offices.

During the first stage of the course you will develop a business plan while stage 2 will focus on the development of a project plan and funding. You will manage the project during the third stage and then complete and evaluate the project in the final stage.

For more information about this exciting new course please contact Central on 1300 300 822 or by email at

By studying music at Central you'll benefit from the best facilities and musical heritage in Western Australia. Since 1996 Central's music graduates have gone on to form bands such as Birds of Tokyo and work with bands such as Gyroscope, Karnivool and Eskimo Joe all under the guidance of our industry experienced lecturers.

View our brochure to see the career pathways for our music production courses.

Where this course can lead you

Careers in the music industry are very competitive. Central's courses will provide you with the technical skills and creative capabilities to think outside the box and increase your employment prospects.

Your Advanced Diploma of Music Business prepares you for roles such as:

  • Artist Manager

  • Music Project Manager

  • Tour Administrator

  • Music Licensing Manager

  • Music Marketing Manager

  • Artist & Repertoire Assistant

  • Distribution Administrator

Upon completion of this course you can also gain direct entry in to one of Western Australia's leading Universities with Central's Pathways to University program.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's music qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • develop, maintain and implement strategic and operational plans

  • negotiate and manage contracts

  • plan and manage music events.

You can also choose to develop a range of performance and/or music technology skills. Your Advanced Diploma of Music Business gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in music business or move onto further study.

Connected with industry


At Central we place an emphasis on quality training, that is why we ensure our lecturers are music professionals. So you gain the best learning experience possible.

We have also assessed the software and practices this industry uses and replicated it within Central. That is why our music qualifications are delivered in state of the art facilities designed to mimic real life studio environments and music venues.

Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.


Our Music Industry Partners
WAM has employed Central graduates
in the past and representatives speak
to our music students about the
Western Australian music industry.


APRA provides music course advice and guest speakers to Central.

Sunset Events
Sunset Events have provided
work placements to students in the
past and have employed Central graduates.

University Pathways

Central's university pathway arrangements means your Advanced Diploma of Accounting will provide you with the opportunity for direct entry and an advanced standing in a Box Hill Institute or ECU course.

Box Hill Institute

Bachelor of Applied Business Music Industry
54 credits
Equivalent to 1 year


Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)
Entry only

Course Structure

Plan:D365 - CU1006 - PSC 
Description:Complete 15 units; 5 core, 6 specialist and 4 elective units 

Available Groups

Title: GROUP 01 - UNITS

Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
C8259PSPPROC602BDirect the management of contracts
D0650BSBCRT601AResearch and apply concepts and theories of creativity
D0676BSBEBU501AInvestigate and design e business solutions
D0710BSBFIM601AManage finances
D0756BSBINM601AManage knowledge and information
D0852BSBMGT616ADevelop and implement strategic plans
D0853BSBMGT617ADevelop and implement a business plan
D0880BSBMKG603BManage the marketing process
D0884BSBMKG608ADevelop organisational marketing objectives
D0885BSBMKG609ADevelop a marketing plan
D1095CUFCMP501AManage and exploit copyright arrangements
D1138CUFIND401AProvide services on a freelance basis
D1610CUETEM07BTour the production
D2882CUSFIM501ASecure funding for projects
D2885CUSIND401ADevelop specialist expertise in the music industry
D2886CUSIND501AApply music knowledge and artistic judgement
D2903CUSMGT502AManage artists and their careers
D2904CUSMGT503ADevelop artists and repertoire
D2906CUSMKG501AManage the promotion of creative acts
D2954CUSOHS301AFollow occupational health and safety procedures
D2977CUSWRT501AWrite about music
D3743PSPPROC607AManage strategic contracts

Getting into this course

Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must complete the (D362) Certificate IV in Music Business.


The Application Process

This course is delivered as a full time, part time, traineeship or workbased, and applying for the course is different with each option.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.

Full time:

Find out about applying for a full time course

VET Fee Help

This course is eligible for VET - Fee Help, which is a federal loan program enabling you to pay all or part of your tuition up front and pay off the costs once you are in employment and earning a specific wage or higher. Find out if you are eligible

Like to know more?

For more information about this exciting new course please contact Central on 1300 300 822 or by email at

Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

This course is available as Fee for Service (FFS) - $9975, and via VET Fee Help.



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