What We Do

The Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI) is a one-year program (fall, spring, and summer) that provides practical access to high levels of the music industry with a focus on the thriving concert festival circuit. Students will learn how to navigate careers in the ever-changing music industry as they hone their skills in communication, marketing, promotion, and live music. Curriculum activities are designed in collaboration with today's top industry figures to reflect contemporary trends and practices in the music industry.

BPMI students will be given the opportunity to:

  • find and develop artists,
  • budget a tour,
  • book and promote concerts,
  • place festival holds,
  • design merchandise,
  • develop press releases,
  • build and maintain all social media platforms, and much more.

The capstone of the curriculum includes opportunities for students to participate at prestigious festivals and industry conferences.  Students will travel to festivals such as Lollapalooza, Osheaga, the Governors Ball, and Music Midtown, where they will act as artist managers, production and tour managers, and artist media representatives. Students will also be given the opportunity to attend and network at some of the largest live music industry events such as the Billboard Live Music Summit and Pollstar Live

Watch a short teaser of clips from past BPMI festival performances: