Music in New York

Ref: ADH-R2-022-2018


Final year undergraduate students studying BA Arts and Festivals Management, BA Performing Arts, BA Music Technology and Innovation, BA Music Technology and Performance, BSc Music Technology and any students taking part in the AMAN3040 Music Industry Management module are eligible to participate in this opportunity.The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is five. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.


The trip takes students behind the scenes with four world-renowned music organisations where they will learn from an array of arts professionals what it takes to run a world class arts organisation.

Students will be taken to the home of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Billie Holiday and many more at the Apollo Theater. They will learn about managing, touring and education work with the ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’ Orchestra and explore the multifaceted management of the Metropolitan Opera and concert venue Radio City Music Hall.

Students will learn about how these organisations work with digital developments, local communities, diversity in the arts and further topics of interest. As a tailored trip, students will receive the opportunity to indicate their interests and which departments they would like to explore.

Planned academic activities for this opportunity may include:

Behind the Scenes at “The Met” (Metropolitan Opera)

Participating students will be presented with a unique insight into the workings and challenges associated with leading one of the world’s premier Opera companies and the broad range of professional Arts Managers who lead both the artistic and executive direction of the organisation. Students will be able to meet and learn from professional arts managers at ‘The Met’, working across arts marketing and audience development, set designers, education and community programmes, orchestral management, artistic programming and stage management, amongst others. During the visit, students will be able to explore a number of ‘live’ projects directly within each of these areas and their role in securing the long-term sustainability of the organisation. Students on this visit will also be able to explore ‘behind the scenes’ of ‘The Met’ and potentially attend an open rehearsal for the company’s production of ‘Tosca’.

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers and dancers from around the world.

Since 2006, the Met has been elevating its theatrical standards by increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theatre and opera, and has launched a series of initiatives to broaden its reach internationally.

Tour of Radio City Music Hall & Tin Pan Alley

The realisation of a fantastic dream between John D. Rockefeller, Jr (from the Rockefeller Center) and the Radio Corporation of America, Radio City Music Hall opened its doors on 27 December 1932 to be a “palace for the people”.

Perhaps best known for its famous dance company ‘The Rockettes’ or their annual Christmas Spectacular show, Radio City Music Hall has been a magnet for celebrities since its inception. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, BB King and Stevie Wonder have all performed on the Great Stage in the past. Today, artists such as Harry Styles, The Script, Solange Knowles, Glass Animals and 2Cellos perform at the venue.

Students will be going behind the scenes at the Radio City Music Hall to explore what it is, that has attracted such big artists to this venue and what it takes to run a concert hall of this size.

The visit to the Hall will be followed by a short tour of Tin Pan Alley. Tin Pan Alley is often seen as synonymous with the Golden Age of American song writing in the late 19th and early 20th century. During this time, New York City was the world’s epicentre of composing, lyric writing and sheet music publishing.

Behind the Scenes with ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’ Orchestra

Students participating in this trip will have the opportunity to explore ‘behind the scenes’ of this ground-breaking arts organisation, its unique approach to diversity and inclusiveness, its award-winning education and community programmes such as the ‘Jazz Academy’, the orchestra’s role in creating a global audience for Jazz and how Jazz music has become a metaphor for democracy within the orchestra’s mission – celebrating personal freedom and encouraging individual expression.

The vision for the home of jazz in New York is to be a “House of Swing”, where everything is integrated: the relationship between one space and another: the relationship between the audience and the musicians, all as one fluid motion. This has culminated in the Frederick P. Rose Hall – the world’s first performance, education and broadcast facility devote solely to jazz.

Students will have the opportunity to meet Arts Managers leading this unique organisation and explore the creative projects and programmes that are at the centre of the orchestra’s inspirational vision, mission and values.

Visit with the Apollo Theater

Prominent African-American artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo stage. During the period of 1987 – 2008 the theatre was also home to Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally broadcasted television variety show, which showcased new talent and was a spring board for many upcoming artists.

Today, the Apollo is a respected non-profit theatre, which presents concerts, performing arts education and community outreach programmes.

In visiting the theatre, students will learn about its history, influence and effect on the rise of African-American artists in New York as well as the non-profit music sector and music education in New York City.

Travel and accommodation

Flights, accommodation and transfers for this opportunity will be booked by #DMUglobal. Students will stay in shared twin rooms at ROW NYC or Manhattan Hotel Times Square. The £600 #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the booking. Students will be required to pay the remainder via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance from #DMUglobal.

Flights will be booked with Virgin Atlantic and Delta to depart and return to London Heathrow – dates and time of travel will be confirmed after you have formally accepted your place on the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements. Once accepted, should you require visa advice, please attend one of DSU Advice Centre’s Visa Advice Sessions.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5  January 2018
  • Return date: Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10  January 2018
  • Cost of travel, accommodation and transfers: £899
  • Students will also be required to pay for: Food & drink, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £600
  • Student cost: £299
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED