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Welcome to Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. At the Curb College, we successfully combine academic experience with real world applications and achieve our mission by implementing innovative courses of study in the entertainment, media and music industries. Our college boasts an impressive faculty of academic scholars, authors, media journalists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, songwriters, producers, publishers, and recording engineers, and we equip our students with world-class equipment and facilities recognized at the forefront of the entertainment industry. I love to share that I am a graduate of Belmont University with a double major B.B.A. in music business and business management. I spent over 30 years on Music Row in Nashville serving as both a record label and music publishing executive, and I feel the education I received and the relationships I made at Belmont University allowed my career dreams to come true. It is an honor to now serve as dean, and I am convinced that I am here because it is my time to give back, share my real world experience with our students and ensure that we continue the great Curb College tradition of combining classroom learning with a mixture of unique, hands-on opportunities. Be Belmont‌From Here to Anywhere!

D O U G H O WA R D Dean of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

W E L C O M E TO C U R B C O L L E G E Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business is internationally renowned. Located at the top of famed “Music Row” in Nashville, Tennessee, the Curb College offers multiple unique, innovative and groundbreaking programs in music business, audio engineering technology, creative & entertainment industries, motion pictures, songwriting and media studies. Recognized as an established leader in music business and recording industry education, Curb College has been ranked by Rolling Stone, Time magazine and Billboard magazine as one of the “top music business schools” in the U.S.

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The Audio Engineering Technology (AET) major is professionally

production, music or a business discipline such as business administration

oriented and designed for students seeking careers in the application,

or entrepreneurship.

installation, manufacturing, operation and maintenance of analog and digital audio and music recording, reproduction, processing and reinforcement systems. Students in this program complete the B.S. or B.A. General Education core and a technical concentration in Audio Engineering Technology. Audio Engineering students also pursue supplemental studies in a related discipline (minor) such as computer science, mass communication,

Courses cover a wide range of subjects, including studio maintenance and electronics, studio recording and production, live recording techniques, sound reinforcement, post production for video and film, mastering and mixing techniques, tour production and psychoacoustics. The B.S. and B.A. in Audio Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

M A S T E R O F S C I E N C E ( M . S .) WITH A MAJOR IN AUDIO ENGINEERING The Master of Science with a major in Audio Engineering enhances the academic experience with real-world applications through the combination of challenging scholarly inquiry and career-oriented practical learning. Graduate study in audio engineering gives the student the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to develop competencies in the science, art and application of audio engineering for sound recording, music production, acoustics and signal processing. Full admission to the M.S. with a major in Audio Engineering program requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Undergraduate students interested in admission to the program may apply for provisional admission to the program after completion of 96 undergraduate credit hours or 75 percent of their respective program. Full admission will be granted only after transcripts confirming successful completion of the bachelor’s program are received.


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CREATIVE & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES This program is designed to prepare the future leaders of the Creative &

intern across the U.S. and abroad, in places like London, Hong Kong and

Entertainment Industries (CEI) by providing the guiding principles &

Australia. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies including

practices of various sectors including, film, music, television, radio, sports,

Netflix, Walt Disney Company, CBS, Simon & Schuster and many others.

video games, books and fashion. Attention is given to current concepts, industry frameworks, business models and organizational structures that drive the production of cultural and symbolic goods. CEI majors are taking the first step toward launching a rewarding career in the entertainment industry. As a student you have the opportunity to

Students of the program will complete either the B.S. or B.A. curriculum with a major in the Creative & Entertainment Industries and a minor in a related discipline.

The Music Business (MBU) major develops knowledge and skills to

emphasis, students prepare for a broad range of managerial and

secure careers in a variety of areas such as record company operations,

administrative careers in the music industry. The production emphasis

music publishing, artist management, music marketing, public relations,

prepares students to master the skills necessary for a career in the

merchandising, social media, concert promotion and entertainment law.

development and production of music. The emphasis in legal studies

The major combines traditional business courses, such as accounting, finance, management and economics, with music business core classes such as survey of music business, copyright law, music publishing and survey of recording technology.

prepares students for a career in entertainment law and focuses on developing critical thinking and analytical skills. International music business introduces the student to differences living and working in a foreign country. The venue management emphasis focuses on operating a venue and learning about touring and tour management.

In lieu of a minor, students in the Music Business major must choose an emphasis area: music business, production, legal studies, international

The B.B.A. degree is accredited by AACSB International.

music business, and venue management. With the music business


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MAJORS BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Audio-Video Production Mass Communication Publishing Multimedia Production New Century Journalism Video Production Emerging Media


Combining the strengths of Motion Pictures (MOT) and Media Studies (MDS), the Cinema, Television & Media department adds a powerful presence to the Curb College.

A U D I O -V I D E O P R O D U C T I O N Through Cinema, Television & Media, Audio-Video Production majors gain extensive training in video production and post production as well as a strong foundation in the music business profession via specialized coursework from the Audio Engineering Technology and Music Business departments.

EMERGING MEDIA In the age of data mining and machine learning, the Emerging Media major will help prepare students to better understand the relationship between technology, media and humanity. Students will learn how to leverage the information and technology for careers in emerging digital media, with roles ranging from content creators to digital leaders.

M A S S C O M M U N I C AT I O N The Mass Communication program gives students a thorough understanding of the electronic media from theoretical and practical perspectives. The curriculum prepares students for careers in mass communication and/or graduate studies in electronic media and communication.

M OT I O N P I C T U R E S Whether it’s movies, television, Internet content, PSAs, commercials or music videos, it’s all about storytelling. Named by Variety Magazine as one of the worlds top 40 film schools, Motion Pictures is an intensely rigorous major build on practical real world experience.

M U LT I M E D I A P R O D U C T I O N The Multimedia Production major includes classes in graphic design, photography and webpage design from the O’More College of Architecture, Art & Design, as well as our own training in video preproduction, production and post production.

NEW CENTURY JOURNALISM Students receive hands-on storytelling instruction on multiple platforms including writing for the media, editing and video production. Courses include Digital Media, Social Media, Blogging, and Arts Entertainment Reporting.

PUBLISHING Our one-of-a-kind publishing program is for those who want to work in book and magazine publishing. Students pursue editorial and marketing tracks, with coursework that includes editing, social media marketing, literary publishing and internships that provide an unparalleled foundation for publishing careers.

VIDEO PRODUCTION The Video Production major is designed for students who want to produce, direct and create a variety of programming content for broadcast, the web, and industrials. Students receive training in both multi-camera live production and single-camera production.



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The Songwriting (SNG) major equips students with the essential

Belmont Songwriting majors have signed major music publishing and

knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as a songwriter in today’s

record deals and have written hit songs in country, pop, and Christian

entertainment industry. Students achieve the dual goal of developing

genres. They have won major music industry awards including but not

their artistic craft while gaining a practical understanding of the

limited to Grammy and RIAA Platinum certifications. Among artists

business aspects of the songwriting profession.

who have recorded their songs are Camilla Cabello, Keith Urban, Pink,

During their course of study, students develop skills in lyric writing, musical composition and demo production and gain practical knowledge of music publishing in the global entertainment industry. Individuality and creativity are fostered and encouraged as emphasis is

Blake Shelton, BTS, Danny Gokey, Thomas Rhett, Natalie Grant, Selena Gomez, Tauren Wells, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, Billy Currington, The Isaacs and Lady Antebellum. The B.A. and B.S. degrees are SACS accredited.

placed on critical thinking and collaboration.

Devin Dawson and Anna Vaus, Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business Songwriting Alumni.


ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS ANNA WEISBAND Music Business, 2016 | Vice President, THiS Music

“Here at THiS Music I participate in all A&R duties including talent discovery, collaboration creation, artist/writer management and song placement. Working alongside the Head of Sony/ATV Nashville and co-founder of THiS Music, Rusty Gaston, we focus on managing our roster of songwriters from booking their calendars to strategically positioning them and their songs for success. If it weren’t for a paper I had to write for my Survey of Music Business class, I may have never met Rusty. I interviewed him for a final paper that semester, which turned into an internship, which turned into my position here at THiS today!”

K AY L A B R A X TO N Mass Communications, 2013 | Ringside Announcer, WWE/NXT

“The thing that makes Belmont’s Mass Communication program stand out from the rest is the genuine care that is passed from the professors to the students; the department feels like one big family! Belmont University’s Mass Communication professors have such passion for the industry and demonstrate that passion by investing wholeheartedly in the students. During my time with the program, I always knew I could rely on them for direction and I never felt like I was an inconvenience. Because of the education I received and the constant hands-on experience I was offered, I landed my first job out of college hosting my own show at a top 20 television market, and now I’m blessed to be part of the WWE/NXT family as a Ringside Announcer.”

KELLEN SCHNEIDER Motion Pictures, 2017 | Development Assistant, Big Breakfast Productions

“The most valuable aspect of the Motion Pictures program is, without a doubt, the insight each professor has to offer. These aren’t just academics teaching hypotheticals straight out of textbooks—they’re industry professionals with years of experience that they’re passionate about passing on to the next generation. I came to the program never having seen a classic film and with little to no knowledge of the industry, and here I am four years later, writing this at a desk on Sunset Boulevard and getting paid to work in the entertainment industry. As a student, I even spent a summer interning in Hollywood at Funny or Die which gave me the hands-on skills I needed to fulfill my current role as a Development Assistant. Thanks to the Motion Pictures’ team, I was well prepared to provide script coverage, answer the many daunting phone calls and handle day-to-day tasks only found in the film industry. Rather than just teaching you how to get a job, Belmont’s program teaches you how to interview well, get the job, keep the job and excel at the job.”

STUDENT EXPERIENCES Belmont offers students local, national and international opportunities and has an excellent reputation for producing some of the finest young professionals in the industry. Students have many unique opportunities to interact with, study under and learn from instructors who are highly qualified and successful both in the academic setting and as songwriters, publishers, producers, directors, engineers and music and entertainment professionals.

INTERNSHIPS Belmont works closely with over 360 companies in the United States to provide students with internship opportunities. Companies include: Sony, Curb Records, EMI, CMT, The WB Network, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox, Capital, MTV, VH1, Radio City Music Hall and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

BELMONT USA The Belmont USA programs offer opportunities for students to expand their cultural experience and potential career opportunities by living, studying and interning in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

FA C U LT Y The Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business employs an impressive and extraordinary faculty of academic scholars and authors, journalists and broadcasters, producers and engineers, musicians and songwriters, screenwriters, cinematographers and legal experts with years of experience in all aspects of the media,

STUDY ABROAD Belmont University’s Office of Study Abroad (OSA) connects undergraduate students with international study, service and internship opportunities on six continents. Students earn credit towards major, minor or general education requirements via academic year, semester or faculty-led short-term programs.


music, recording and entertainment industries. Amongst

• Showcase Series

this remarkable group of faculty instructors you will find

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many Grammy, Emmy, Telly, CMA, ASCAP, BMI and

• Service Corps

Dove Award winners. As a compliment to the full-time faculty, industry leaders and top executives regularly serve as adjunct instructors, bringing their knowledge and day-

• Belmont University Copyright Society • Bear House Publishing

to-day experience into the classroom and offering exciting

• Audio Engineering Society

seminars, workshops and showcases.

• ASCAP Songwriters Nights • Belmont University Songwriters Association • Pipeline Project • Belmont Film Society


student-to-faculty ratio

• The Belmont Vision

FA C I L I T I E S The R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center, which opened in August of 2015, includes state-of-the-art screening and mixing theaters, computer labs, audio mixing suites, digital production and motion capture studios, motion picture sound stages, research laboratories, student meeting space, offices, the 950-seat Harrington Place Dining facility and more. With multi-functional spaces offering classroom, lab, performance, production and research options, the new building is designed for interdisciplinary collaborations among the Music Business, Audio Engineering Technology, Creative & Entertainment Industries, Songwriting, and Cinema, Television & Media departments.

Historic Ocean Way Nashville studio, Studio A

Historic Ocean Way Nashville studio, Control Room A

STUDIOS Belmont University owns and operates four renowned recording facilities: the multi-platinum, award-winning Ocean Way Nashville, named the number-one tracking room in Nashville three consecutive years by Billboard magazine; Quonset Hut, the studio famed for producing some of the biggest records in music history such as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” and Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet;” Historic Columbia Studio A, home to recordings from well-known artists such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Simon & Garfunkel and Elvis Costello; and the state-of-the-art Robert E. Mulloy Studios located on the University campus. Collectively, these studios represent four of the most remarkable recording, historic and teaching facilities available to students anywhere in the world.


CURB COLLEGE ADMISSION The college search process is an exciting one, and we at Belmont and in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business are here to help you along your journey. In addition to admission to the University, Songwriting is the only major within our college that requires an additional portfolio submission. Information on the portfolio can be found at All other Curb College majors do not require an additional portfolio. We look forward to working with you throughout this thrilling time and hope to welcome you to our beautiful campus as you become a Belmont Bruin!

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THE MIKE CURB COLLEGE OF E N T E R TA I N M E N T & M U S I C B U S I N E S S 1900 Belmont Boulevard Nashville, TN 37212 615.460.6785





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