Bandier Program

The Bandier Program combines the study of the business of music, media, marketing and entrepreneurship with hands-on experiences to prepare students for a successful career in the music industry.

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If you have a passion for music, but aren’t necessarily a performer, and you want an exciting career in the music industry, the Bandier Program may be exactly what you’re looking for.

A unique and close-knit culture

By admitting only 25 to 30 students annually, and placing strong value, curriculum and programming on community-building, the Bandier Program offers the benefits of a true family feel as well as those of a large university. Due to its small class size, the Bandier Program provides students with individual guidance academically as well as career-oriented paths based on each student’s interests. Our culture is built on teamwork, accountability, resourcefulness and integrity, and we inject our curriculum and programming with these elements. We meet each week as a group to talk over music industry trends and headlines. We work together and play together and, ultimately, head off to leadership positions in the music industry together. With its established reputation in the music and entertainment industries, the Bandier Program maintains close ties with industry executives and leaders across all areas where music and the media intersect. In particular, Bandier has a strong alumni network that works with the program and current students on mentoring, as well as providing assistance with internship and job placements. Talk to any Bandier student or alumni, and they will tell you: Bandier is family.

Hands-on, future-focused curriculum

The Bandier Program sets students on a path toward successful career placement through formal, informal and experiential learning opportunities. Our curriculum has a laser focus on developing expertise in the core rights and royalties of the recorded, live and publishing elements of the music industry; emerging technologies that are shaping the business; the data, video and social trends that are revolutionizing how we market music; and in developing the human and leadership skills you will need to succeed in whatever path you choose. Our curriculum seizes every opportunity to utilize real-world examples and hands-on experiences. One keystone of the program is the David M. Rezak Music Business Lecture Series: every week of each semester, top industry leaders guest lecture at Syracuse, to dialogue with Bandier students about trends, challenges, opportunities and career paths. We also require, and help you to acquire, a minimum of three internships—many students will do more. And while a great career path can be forged without doing so, we encourage students to immerse themselves in the music business and new life experiences in Los Angeles, London and elsewhere through our Los Angeles semester and Syracuse Abroad programs.

Multidisciplinary means a broader vision

Accessing the talent and knowledge found in colleges across the Syracuse University campus, Bandier students experience different perspectives and foci through select courses in Newhouse as well as three other colleges: the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences. By incorporating the strengths and expertise of other disciplines, the Bandier Program gives its students access to a broad spectrum of experience and modes of thought—exactly what the modern executive needs to navigate an ever-changing landscape of emerging technologies and business models. Students may also choose to spend a semester studying in Los Angeles, London or other Syracuse Abroad locations.

The Bandier Program was made possible through a generous gift from Syracuse University Trustee and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier ’62.

Bandier Program students who matriculated in fall 2017 or earlier, please visit the VPA website for program requirements>>

Featured Staff Member:
Lisa Steele

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Managing Director Bandier Program

Lisa Steele is the managing director of the Bandier Program.

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