The UCLA Berry Gordy Music Industry Center Established

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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to Receive $5 Million Gift to Establish The Berry Gordy Music Industry Center
May 21, 2024. Berry Gordy, founder of the iconic record label and hit-making enterprise Motown, has pledged a $5 million gift to establish The UCLA Berry Gordy Music Industry Center.

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UCLA Music Industry, Leveled Up
The new Music Industry BA program at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will empower a diverse community of exceptional students as next-generation transformational thinkers in the music industry. Committed to critical and socially-responsible entrepreneurship, all of UCLA’s Music Industry programs offer students unique artistic, cultural, and business perspectives on the music industry.
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A New Curriculum

“The Music Industry program integrates a liberal arts curriculum with direct skills engagement through internships, apprenticeships, and student-led projects”

-Robert Fink, Associate Dean and Chair of Music Industry Programs

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Access to the Industry

“UCLA’s School of Music is closely affiliated with our industry and knows it well. Every business needs people who have the passion and the training that this program will provide. We need future professionals who’ve seriously considered many aspects of the music industry—cultural impact, creative innovation, and operational reality—and bring a fresh, informed point of view to the business.”

-Tom Corson, co-chairman and chief operating officer, Warner Records

World-Class Research Meets Industry Professionals
More than one quarter of the nation’s music industry job postings are in California, and seven of the top ten U.S. cities employing music industry professionals are within 50 miles of UCLA’s Westwood campus. Our Music Industry program is build to take full advantage of our unique location.


Taught by a combination of research faculty and working professionals at all levels of the music industry, the new degree provides a 360-degree view of the entertainment business, including music and the law, finance, entrepreneurship, artist management, live-music promotion, digital marketing, publishing and music supervision.


In addition, the degree provides creative instruction in audio technology, musicianship, songwriting and production.
Justice, Diversity, Activism
The UCLA Music Industry Program is committed to diversifying the industry, to social justice, and to musical activism. Based in a flagship public university, we provide an affordable, accessible path into the music industry for aspiring creative professionals. Our professional faculty includes both industry veterans and a younger, more diverse generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and executives committed to empowering women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ creatives both onstage and behind the scenes.
Twenty-First Century Accessibility
The program in Music Industry harnesses direct pathways for in-state transfer students. By offering this level of accessibility and affordability, the degree is poised to foster inclusive excellence in the music business playing field.

Faculty on the Leading Edge

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Our Faculty

Jonathan Beard
Lecturer - Music Industry (Electronic Music, Audio Engineering)
Dae Bogan
Lecturer - Music Industry (Entrepreneurship)
Bobby Borg
Lecturer - Music Industry (Industry Fundamentals)
Tony Brancato
Guest Lecturer - Music Industry (Influence and Data Mining)
Monica Chieffo
Lecturer - Music Industry (Influence and Data Mining)
Jason Feinberg
Lecturer - Music Industry (Digital Marketing and Promotion)
Judith Finell
Adjunct Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Forensic Musicology)
Robert Fink
Associate Dean for Academics, Professor - Music Industry, Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Hans Fjellestad
Lecturer - Music Industry (Music Supervision)
Don Franzen
Adjunct Professor - Music Industry (Music and Law, Forensic Musicology)
Catherine Gregory
Lecturer - Music, Music Industry (Artistic Citizenship and Community Engagement), Director of the Gluck Fellowship Program
Thomas Hodgson
Assistant Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Music and Data, Global Music Industry)
Jeffery Jampol
Lecturer - Music Industry (Artist Management and Promotion)
Lee John
Lecturer in Music Industry (Rock/Pop Ensemble)
Lauren Kop
Lecturer - Music Industry (Digital Production and Beat Design)
Amy Kathryn Kuney
Lecturer - Music Industry (Songwriting)
David Leaf
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Music Documentary, Songwriters)
David MacFadyen
Professor and Chair of Music Industry, Professor - Musicology and Comparative Literature
Adam Moseley
Lecturer - Music Industry (Studio Production)
Tiffany Naiman
Instructor - Music Industry & Musicology (Critical Perspectives, Capstone Sequence, History of Popular Music), Director of Undergraduate Programs in Music Industry
Natasha Pasternak
Lecturer - Music Industry (Songwriting, Touring, Songwriter’s Workshop)
Justin Paul
Lecturer - Music Industry
Catherine Provenzano
Assistant Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Critical and Contemporary Perspectives on Music Technology)
Jessica Schwartz
Associate Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Punk and DIY)
Lauren A. Spalding
Lecturer - Music Industry (Music and Activism, Artist Management)
Mark Tramo
Adjunct Associate Professor - Neuroscience and Music Industry (Music, Mind, and Brain)
Allison Wolfe
Lecturer - Music Industry (Music Journalism, Audio Storytelling)

Make your gift to Music Industry Student Scholarships to support future generations of music professionals who will lead the industry forward with creativity, innovation, and social responsibility. Your contribution will foster talent from diverse backgrounds and empower students to make a difference in the ever-evolving world of music, all at the nation’s #1 public university.