"I really got a lot out of this courseespecially what a 'sellable' song is versus a song written for myself, my friends, or a smaller audience. I learned a lot about improving my songwriting."
-Student, MRI 336, Art & Business of Songwriting, Fall 2003
About the Music/Recording Industry Program
Intern Opportunities at SF State Extended Learning
Learn how to become a lab intern and earn course points that can be applied towards tuition in Extended Learning courses.
Internship Opportunities in the Bay Area Music Industry
Are you interested in interning with a local Bay Area company? If you have completed 12 MRI units or taken Career Planning, contact us for more information.
The San Francisco Music Industry
The San Francisco music and recording community has made a lasting impression on the music world over the past 50 years. The bay area has produced some of the biggest artists in popular music, as well as nurtured a dynamic and expanding music business community. Because the MRI program draws on the talent and resources of bay area music industry professionals, students are taught by successful, working professionals in the music business. The MRI program offers a unique mix of technical, production, aesthetic, and business classes to give the student or professional a comprehensive education.
Renona Wesley performs for the Underdogs.
Professional Opportunities in the Music Business & Recording Industry
The Music/Recording Industry academic certificate program is designed both for the student who wants an overall basic education in the business of music/recording and for the professional who is seeking to broaden an area of expertise. Coursework in the program may be applied toward the certificate, or individual classes may be taken to learn or update skills. Students may choose to pursue a technical audio engineering or a business emphasis.
Job categories include:
- artist management
- professional songwriter
- record producer
- audio production
- music publicist
- music journalist
- talent producer
- record promotion
- record distribution
- music publishing
- concert promotion, booking
- record company management
The Music/Recording Industry Program gratefully acknowledges the support of our current technology partners, including:
- Native Instruments
- Rane Corporation
- Stanton Magnetics
"All too often aspiring young entrepreneurs come to this business with a headful of dreams and little hard knowledge of the way things w ork or the way they can go wrong. SF State has afforded its students an opportunity to learn the ropes for real
Billboard Magazine, April 2003