Event Management Courses.

Whether it’s festivals, concerts or club nights, the world of live events is fast-paced and ever-changing. Throughout your studies on our event management courses, you'll develop the skills you need to plan, promote and produce show-stopping events and become part of this thriving global sector.

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What is event management?

Event Management includes a huge variety of roles, functions and tasks. Our events management courses will show how the scale of the tasks as well as the staff, external partners and resources needed, depends predominantly on the size of the event being held. For example, the logistics needed to run an open mic night at a local pub will differ greatly to that for a gig at a live concert venue. Other key areas which fall under the umbrella term of ‘event management’ include financial management (budgeting), health and safety, sustainability and marketing (including digital marketing and public relations).

Event management crew setting up a live stage

Why study event management at Spirit Studios?

On our event management course, you’ll develop the skills needed to plan and stage events, and will learn the technical approaches needed to execute them. Our Music Business and Event Management degree has a range of career-based modules and a year-long range of opportunities to develop experience through a range of event industry connections, based in Manchester and throughout the global events industry.

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What is the importance of an Event Manager?

An Event Manager makes things happen through creative event planning. They take the vision for an event, and work with a range of staff and external partners to make sure it runs according to plan. The nature of any event would see the Manager needing to apply good organisation, effective communication, creativity and problem-solving, while striving for excellence in the work both they and their team do.

Event manager giving a safety tour to students.

Our Event management courses

We offer a range of event management courses to suit your entry requirements and study preferences, including our Music Business and Event Management degree for higher education students and one-to-one tuition. You can filter by course level below:

BA (Hons) Music Business and Event Management
Undergraduate Degree

BA (Hons) Music Business and Event Management

3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Managing, promoting, branding and publishing

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In-Person One-to-one Tuition
One-to-one Course

In-Person One-to-one Tuition

2+ hours

Entry requirements:
No formal entry requirements

Key areas:
Previous students have studied areas such as DJ skills, mixing techniques, building a personal brand and more.

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Online One-to-one Tuition
One-to-one Course

Online One-to-one Tuition

2+ hours

Entry requirements:
No formal entry requirements

Key areas:
Previous students have studied areas such as post production techniques, DAW familiarisation, mixing techniques and more.

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Features and benefits

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Leave us industry ready

Integrated work experience modules have a proven track record of helping our skilled graduates move into the live events sector in a range of event management roles managing events.

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Opportunities for collaboration

You’ll learn and work alongside performers, engineers and producers in a creative and collaborative ecosystem.

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Access to our on-site venue

The Charlie Jones Live Venue is our own live events space and is used throughout the year for music concerts, academic events and for student showcases. It’s the perfect starting place for any budding events management professional.

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While our specialism is in music, the skills you’ll develop could be applied to the sports, fashion, community sectors or corporate events such as trade shows, product launches and non-corporate events sectors including charity, and wedding planning.

What careers will an event management course prepare me for?

  • Artist Liaison
  • Booking Agent
  • Event Manager
  • Festival Site Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Promotor
  • Venue Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Event Production

What to expect

As you progress throughout the academic year you’ll develop the practical skills and understanding to manage an entire project. You’ll come to understand a range of responsibilities including; operations managment planning, finance, budgeting, safety and risk management, marketing, consumer behaviour, sponsorship opportunities, evaluation and event impact. 

Whether you’re looking to work at the next Glastonbury Festival, promote your own events, work with artists to plan their tours, or run your own music venue, this event management course offers a range of skills and pathways to support your career.


How is event management taught?

Teaching takes place in a variety of formats including lectures, workshops, demonstrations, peer reviews and one-to-one tutorial support. Our aim throughout is to encourage your creative exploration and hone your skills, all so you’ll leave us as a confident, independent professional.

You'll cover topics and core modules such as

  • Events Planning
  • Event Management
  • Event Design
  • Budget & Finance
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Event Safety
  • Event Technology
  • Sustainability
  • Marketing and PR

Your event management tutors

Our tutors are all experts in their field, each with their own specialisms and industry experience. Whether you’re looking to organise show-stopping club nights or work for an international tour management company, our event management tutors will get you to where you want to be.

Jonathan Radford

Jonathan Radford

Programme Leader

Jon is a producer, label manager, DJ and promoter who has over a decade of experience within the industry and has released five albums under the alias Diesler.

Liam Peacock

Liam Peacock


Liam is a soundtrack composer who has worked on creating music for film, television, games and animation.

He has previously worked with:

  • Orb Soundwerx
  • The BBC

Real opportunities

Our creative partnerships benefit our event management students by providing work placements, field trips, guest lectures, educational discounts and, of course, job opportunities.

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Why study with Spirit Studios?

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Outstanding facilities

Our facilities are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s music industry, ensuring you feel confident in every studio or live venue you encounter.

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Industry connections

You’ll have a range of exciting creative and collaborative opportunities, including hands-on work experience at legendary venues in Manchester and beyond.

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Proven results

Our career focused attitude means that from day one, everything we do is designed with your future in mind.

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Spirit +

We prepare our event management students for a bright future.  Through our Spirit+ programme, we provide extracurricular masterclasses and workshops from leading industry figures.

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Taught by industry-active experts

Our tutors have not only had years of experience in the creative industries, but share a commitment to helping you on your journey as well.

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Community spirit

We’re a supportive community that takes pride in our small size. We’ll get to know you as an individual and tailor mentorship to your personal development.

Interested in studying event management with us?

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