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Performing Arts Management

Please click here to see a curricular outline for this major (this link will take you to the main university site.)

The Performing Arts Management program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in the performing arts business. Similar to Music Management, students enter a wide variety of jobs that include working at talent agencies, recording studios, community and regional arts centers, artist management companies, booking agencies and professional music, dance, opera and theatre companies.

Performing Arts Management majors have the opportunity to take all management electives offered, as well as other electives in the arts. With a flexible program, students are given the opportunity to concentrate in many different areas of management. They have the time to take classes in additional fields that enrich their management experience with such electives as recording, finance and entrepreneurial studies. The high level of academics and the variety of the artistic electives create a comprehensive understanding of the entertainment industry.

Based on their more academic course load and broader selection of electives, Performing Arts Management students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. For more information on requirements for the Performing Arts Management program, please visit our admissions site.


In preparation for the internship, students are required to take two semesters of Management Practicum. This class is designed to prime the student for the internship and for workplace environments. Students work in a "mini-internship," from 6 to 8 hours weekly. Over the course of the semester, students meet in a practicum seminar to discuss everything from leadership skills and resume writing to job ethics and supervisory style. This is a rich opportunity for students to grow both personally and professionally, and to learn a most important skill—networking in the management business.

All students in the Music Management and Performing Arts Management programs complete a minimum of 180 hours in an internship of their choosing. Although only one internship is required, many students opt to participate in a second internship. In the past, Hartt management students have interned for Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, Blue Note Records in New York City, The Bushnell in Hartford, the Springfield Library and Museums Association in Springfield, Mass., The Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, Gamelon and Sony Records in Boston, and Primamerica Artists in Manhattan, to name a few. Students have had hands-on experience preparing contracts, arranging tours, working in a recording studio, fund-raising, coordinating special events, and managing travel plans for major talent.

At the end of this 3-credit internship, students complete an extensive academic paper. The paper objectively analyzes an aspect of the organization they worked for and requires the development of far-reaching recommendations and proposals for reorganization. Students present their papers to their peers in a professional seminar setting.

MEISA is the professional student organization for Music and Performing Arts Management students. This organization gives an opportunity to students to interact with instructors and representatives of the music industry. The program also helps students to meet peers, nationally as well as locally, with the same interests. The University of Hartford chapter of MEISA has presented concerts, workshops, seminars and programs for the school. MEISA has also sponsored an Internship Workshop and an Industry Seminar where representatives from different arts organizations discussed the industry from their perspectives.

For more information on either management program, contact Irene Conley, Chair of Music and Performing Arts Management at conley@hartford.edu.

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