Music Industry Resources

This section of the website is filled with information to assist you with your music career.

Check out the DOWNLOADS, WEBSITES, BOOKS, DVDs, PUBLICATIONS, PROGRAMS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND COLLEGES that have been listed. If you have a resource that should be added to this list, please e-mail us at


Music Industry Careers Manual
Be sure to download the Music Industry Careers Manual at the bottom of the “services” page! Written by Lorne Hammond (Dashboard Entertainment and VH1), this manual serves as a basic guide for students interested in pursuing careers in the music business, as well as those who assist students in choosing vocations and post-secondary educational institutions. The guide includes job descriptions, required skills, reference organizations, colleges and universities, and a glossary of music industry terms… and it is FREE. If you are serious about being in the music business print out this manual and read it.



Books, DVDs, and Publications

Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide To Success
By Kevin Liles (2005, Atria)
Liles shares practical wisdom he learned as he climbed the ladder from intern to president of a record label.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business
By Donald Passman, Rev. ed (1997, Simon & Schuster Trade).
One of the best on the legal aspects of the biz. Spice and humor too.

Everything You’d Better Know about the Record Industry
By Kashif
The #1 Selling Book On The Music Business Period! CNN calls it “The best book on How to Be Successful in the Music Industry”.

100 Careers in the Music Business
By Tanja Crouch (Barron’s Educational Services 2001)
This Business of Music by M. William Krasilovsky et,al (2003, Billboad Books, 9th ed) This Business of Music is recognized as the industry textbook, and Krasilovsky, a music and copyright lawyer, offers broad and deep treatment of contracts, royalties, loans, tax issues, videos, and copyright. The new edition presents the industry in four parts: an overview, the record industry, music writers and publishers, and other aspects of the business.
Inside Hip-Hop (DVD)

Hip-Hop 101: The Game (DVD)

Hip Hop Immortals (DVD)

Snipes (Movie)


Freedom Theatre’s Performing Arts Training Program
Freedom Theatre’s Performing Arts Training Program provides serious training in the arts, with all its demands, empowering students to become artists, advocates of the arts and productive members of society. It is the number one training program of its kind in the region. For three decades, this training program has provided students with a safe, challenging environment in which to learn acting, dance and vocal arts.
Dates: Various
Contact: Admissions 215-765-2793

Drexel University Summer Music Program
This one-week workshop introduces you to the ever-changing, fast-paced world of the music industry. Get hands-on studio experience and performance opportunities in our recording lab facilities, and get the insider’s perspective from lectures and guest speakers.
Dates: July 18 – 24
Application Deadline: May 15
Residential: No
Cost: $1,200 (includes lunches and supplies)
Scholarships will be available thru the Jr. Music Executive Program
Eligibility: Rising high school juniors and seniors age 16 and over
Contact: Tia McNair at 215-895-1834

Honickman – Make it in Music (Teen Program)
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Pharell – what do these artists have in common? They’ve MADE IT in music, and if you’re trying to become a successful music-industry professional, this is the class for you.  You’ll learn how to: create beats and songs using GarageBand and Pro Tools, write meaningful lyrics, produce your own album, the art of publicity, the good and bad of the music industry and much more.?
Dates: Rolling Admission
Monday – Friday after school program, minimum 3 days attendance per week is required.
Cost: $20
Eligibility: Mature Motivated Teens (9 – 12th grades)
Contact: Jr Music Executive Program at 215-207-9353

Congreso – Junior Leader Achievers Program
Junior Leader Achievers is a community based program founded in 2003 to introduce youth to diverse forms of art. The JLA program has exposed youth to filmmaking, poetry, design, fashion, drama, voice, theater production, dance, and Hip Hop as culture.
Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays from 5pm – 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Eligibility: 14 – 20 years old

Art Sanctuary – North Stars Afterschool Program
North Stars is a unique after school arts program for teens who are middle and high school students. The North Stars study with a brilliant team of artist-instructors: Lead artist and poet Trapeta Mayson, jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler-Honesty, dance choreographer LaTonya Grant, African masquerade artist and drummer Ira Bond and the Twin Poets of Def Poetry Jam. Working with Dr. Billy Yalowitz of Temple/Tyler School of Art, we bring Tyler students and local expressive arts, which also teach activism, self-worth, and literacy.
Dates: Rolling Admission
Monday – Thursday after school program
Cost: Free
Eligibility: 13 – 18 years old
Contact: Melissa Talley-Palmer at 215-232-4485 or


Marian Anderson Awards Scholarship
The Marian Anderson Award Art Study-Grant Program is founded in the belief that: The early pursuit of artistic excellence magnifies the possibility of individual achievement. Importantly and in a larger sense, that pursuit enhances both the individual and our broader culture in far-reaching and immeasurable ways. For 2005-2006, consideration will be given to performing, visual or literary artists who are students in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years of a public or private high school. In addition to a letter of request, a letter of nomination from a professional teacher/coach/mentor must be attached attesting to the talent and commitment of the student making the request. Grant requests may be made in the form of a letter detailing the type of expense subsidization needed and the amount requested. Requests should be in the range of $500 to $2,500, and an interview may be requested prior to providing a grant. Application deadline is April 1, 2006.

ASCAP Foundation Scholarship Program
ASCAP Foundation Scholarship programs seek to ensure that opportunities for the study of music are available to students at all levels. For more information please visit the website

Colleges and Universities

Drexel University
Music Industry – Bachelor of Science Degree (This is a 4 year program with co-op)
The degree in music offers the highly motivated and musically talented student a program of study that combines mastery of the art form with practical preparation for employment. The available concentration in Music Technology and Production focuses on the techniques and technologies of music and audio production found in record, television, and advertising industries. The Music Business and Law concentration focuses on the business and related legal aspects of the current state of the music industry.
3141 Chestunt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The University of the Arts
Music – Bachelor of Science Degree (This is a 4 year program)
At UArts you will develop the necessary musicianship, critical perspectives, and entrepreneurial know-how to be successful in the music profession. We offer intensely focused programs that provide the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in performance, composition or arranging, and music education, with an emphasis on jazz and contemporary music. You will choose one of three majors: instrumental performance, vocal performance, or composition, honing your skills by working in small classes and private lessons with a faculty of superb professional musicians. You will also participate in monthly workshops with clinicians who represent the best of the contemporary music industry.
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


The ASCAP Foundation was established in 1975 and is a publicly supported charitable organization dedicated to nurturing American music creators and encouraging their growth through music education and talent development programs.

Dynamic Producer
Dynamic Producer is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of music producers, mainly in Hip-Hop and R&B music. Home to nearly 400 up & coming producers, Dynamic Producer provides an environment for its members to learn the history and current climate of the music industry as a whole—creatively and from a commercial aspect. In addition Dynamic Producer bridges the gap between unknown up & coming producers trying to break mainstream and music industry professionals who may help in their pursuit. Dynamic Producer is not a gimmick, nor a guarantee. Dynamic Producer is for up & coming producers who are serious about their craft and are committed to investing in and working hard to make their dreams come true.

National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME)
NABFEME is the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. A 501 (c) (6) nonprofit professional organization led by volunteer entertainment executives, NABFEME was launched in February 1999 with a mission to raise the profile and elevate the awareness of Black women in music and entertainment. NABFEME accomplishes its mission through activities that foster empowerment, education, mentoring, career development and networking. The primary purpose of the organization is to promote the entry, development and advancement of women of color in music and entertainment.

GRAMMY University Network (GRAMMY U)

The GRAMMY University Network (GRAMMY U) is a unique and fast-growing community of college students who are pursuing a career in the music industry. The Recording Academy® created GRAMMY U to help prepare students for careers in the recording industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. GRAMMY U is designed to enhance students’ current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to give an “out of classroom” perspective on the recording industry.
For more information call 215-985-5411