Billboard magazine, one of the world’s premier music publications, recognized Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business as one of the “2022 Top Music Business Schools” in the country.
The publication’s annual review of the top music and entertainment business schools highlighted 38 institutions around the country that provide students with career-launching opportunities in the music business. When college rankings have garnered less focus nationally, author Thom Duffy states, “The music industry, however, has good reason to take the graduates of these programs very seriously.” Consistently, Belmont has been included on this powerhouse list.
Sarita Stewart, Interim Dean of Curb College, said, “It is indeed thrilling to be included once again on Billboard’s elite list of top music business programs. This recognition is a testimony to our faculty, staff, and world-class facilities that help prepare Curb College students for their dream careers. Our alumni are well represented across the myriad industries within entertainment – recording artists, music executives, journalists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, producers, audio engineers and the list goes on. The Curb College faculty is committed to staying on the cutting edge, with the continued goal of providing students with robust academic and experiential learning opportunities. We strive to graduate creative collaborators, problem solvers and entertainment innovators – both now and in the future.”
The profile highlighted Belmont’s Bonnaroo U, an immersive, experiential course at the legendary Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, housed within Belmont USA. Students conduct research, meet with industry leaders and witness the behind-the-scenes workings of running the festival. In addition, everyday learning opportunities span beyond campus to studio spaces on historic Music Row and with entertainment industry partners like Creative Arts Agency. Belmont’s well-connected faculty and staff help provide students with industry connections for networking and internships.
Outside of class, students can get involved in multiple student organizations as active participants in the entertainment industry. Through the student-led Service Corps organization, Curb College students have volunteered at and attended the Grammy Awards, CMA Fest, the Academy of Country Music Awards, Sundance Film Festival and more. Other student organizations include Grammy U, CMA EDU, Showcase Series and Bear House Writer Management, among others.
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About the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
In 1971, Belmont first established a music business program designed to prepare students for operational, administrative, creative and technical careers in the music industry. The program grew in both size and reputation, leading to the advent of the full Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in 2003. Currently home to more than 2,700 undergraduates with majors in music business, audio engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, songwriting, media studies and motion pictures, Curb College boasts an impressive faculty of academic scholars and authors, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, journalists, filmmakers and sound and recording engineers. The college serves as a world leader in music business and entertainment industry education and is the only freestanding college of its kind.