Navigating the Music Industry Ecosystem (Certificate)

The undergraduate certificate in Navigating the Music Industry Ecosystem is a fully online and asynchronous credential that consists of four 0.5 credit courses (2.0 credits total) which will be offered in the intersession and summer terms.

The certificate covers topics such as royalties, licensing, sync licensing, production, publishing, touring, networking, law, marketing and more.

You'll receive a comprehensive understanding of the music industry, enabling you to use your knowledge and talents as a musician, composer or creator to monetize your work and build a successful career, as well as to contribute to the strength of the economic impact of the music industry globally


Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in this program:

  • Learn to write a mock grant application in support of a potential project.
  • Write a business plan.
  • Calculate royalties in a variety of case studies.
  • Gain working knowledge of relevant royalty accounting software platforms.


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students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

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Format: part time      Duration: two to four terms     Start: Summer     OUAC code: UBK

Program Details

Curriculum Overview

All certificate courses are offered online only and are half of a regular course length (six weeks). With a full credential in 2.0 credits, you can fit this certificate into your life and studies.

Each of the four courses in the certificate program are self-standing, without pre-requisites, so the courses may be taken in any order. Two courses of the program will be offered, consecutively, in each intersession and summer term as six-week intensive online courses. You may complete all four courses over two summers or may complete them one at a time. If enrolment is capable of sustaining all courses in every summer, the faculty may offer them more regularly.

Industry Partnerships

The certificate is offered in partnership with Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing.

This certificate is part one of a two-part suite of related offerings. Part two is a distinct, non-credit certificate completed largely online, with an in-person component that offers deeper knowledge and practical skills through case studies, networking and internship opportunities in the music industry.

Course Descriptions

"There is a gap in educating students about the music business ecosystem, which results in creators and artists not knowing how to monetize their work and build a career. Knowledge is key, and this certificate will help fill that gap."

Jackie Dean, Laurier instructor, chief operating officer of Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Sample Disciplines in the Music Industry

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • record deals and distribution
  • production
  • royalties and licensing
  • songwriting and music publishing
  • touring
  • merchandising
  • sync licensing

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Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Online Learning

This program is delivered entirely online, and students are not required to visit campus or reside in Canada. Study permits and/or student visas are not required or provided.

Online learning is interactive and stimulating. We use MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn, which includes various educational technologies such as blogs, digital storytelling, audio/video lectures, podcasts, interactive presentations, screencasts, virtual whiteboards, web conferencing, wikis, flashcards, concept maps, digital timelines and gamification.

Interested in More Info?

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