Minor in Creative Entrepreneurship

Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship believes that every artist’s career is a startup and that creators are naturally entrepreneurial. We have entered an era of rapid technological and societal accelerations that will impact not just the music and creative industries, but also every single aspect of a student's life journey.

Various students talking to an entrepreneur at a hackathon.
Tiffany Knight, IDEO

The creative entrepreneurship minor aims to prepare students for a professional life where constant change is the norm and where their own musical, creative, and entrepreneurial instincts will provide the best roadmap to agility, adaptability, and success. Students will learn to tap into their instincts as improvisers, collaborators, inventors, and listeners, and see how they can apply these abilities to a successful career in the entertainment industry and beyond.

Entrance Requirements

There are no required prerequisites to declare this minor. Please follow the regular declaration of minor procedure as outlined in the Registration Manual

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • discover how to market and brand themselves as a musician;
  • learn how to launch their own venture from tech startup to theater company;
  • find out how to make revenues from their songs and compositions;
  • envision the ways that current music and performing arts industries will be impacted through technology and innovation;
  • develop basic negotiation skills and an understanding of contract structures and concepts, including work for hire;
  • redefine what success looks like in the world of classical music;
  • learn how technology enables new creative tools for the digital era;
  • understand finance and accounting such as managing debt, basic equity structures, balance sheets, and income statements; and
  • develop concepts such as professional networking and cultivating relationships.
Required Courses

Core Courses (take four courses; 9 credits):

  • ICE-P125: The Creative Entrepreneur Mindset: Music Thinking (2 credits)
  • ICE-P225: Business Fundamentals of Creative Industries (2 credits)
  • ICE-P325: The Startup of You (2 credits)
  • ICE-P425: Startup Lab (3 credits)

Electives (choose one; 2 credits):

Five courses for the minor; 11 credits total