HND Music Business candidate information

HND Music Business

The HND Music Business provides you an opportunity to prepare yourself for a business career in the music industry. It is designed to meet employers’ and candidates’ needs and priorities. It will develop practical business competences and key music industry management skills through in-depth analysis of current music industry managerial concerns.

The award is designed to enhance your skills as either composer/performer, sound engineer/designer, or as business personnel.

Subjects include: Music Industry Law; Music Publishing; Music Industry Marketing; Music Industry Touring; Record Company Operations; Music Industry Management; Music Industry Promotions.

You will be able to develop your planning, analysis, evaluating, study and research, project management and interpersonal skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

There are employment opportunities within organisations and on a freelance basis in a variety of areas including: recording studios and sound production companies; record and publishing companies; commercial and corporate enterprises; teaching appointments both private and in schools and colleges.

The HND contains the relevant technical and transferable skills to enable immediate entry to employment. It also allows you to progress to some degree programmes. You should check with the relevant university.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • A strong interest in the music business and its management.
  • Ability in English to SQF level 6 (or language-based subject such as Economics, History or Modern Studies) along with three standard grade passes or equivalent.
  • An appropriate programme of study at National Qualification level in Business Studies, Music, Media Studies or other Business and/or Music related areas.
  • An existing HNC.
  • Qualifications comparable to the above gained from other awarding bodies.

Mature candidates may bring other qualities and qualifications, which may be appropriate. Prior or experiential learning may also be considered appropriate in some circumstances.

Formal academic achievements will not, in themselves, be enough for entry. You may be asked to undergo an appraisal, which includes an element of guidance.