Music Academy is in the heart of Unesco's City of Music

International Students creative hub

The city of Bologna (Culture): The city of Bologna, well known for its Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest university in the world, counts every year over 80.000 students. Among its alumni some of the most famous intellectuals like Dante Alighieri, Pierpaolo Pasolini, and Umberto Eco, among the others. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart obtained his “Maestro Compositore Diploma” at the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in 1770.

Its cultural profile is so strong that Bologna was nominated European Cultural Capital in 2000 and later became Unesco City of Music. Bologna holds the most famous Museum of Music, the GB Martini Conservatoire, The Music City Library Sala Borse, the DAMS Art and Music Library, Fonoprint Studios (historic recording studio in Italy) and Fonoprint Museum, limitless music clubs and was the first city in Italy to develop a University Degree in Arts, Music and Performance (DAMS) in 1971.

Most italian music artists call Bologna “home” or set their HQ in the Emilia Romagna area; including names like Vasco Rossi, Lucio Dalla, Cesare Cremonini, Laura Pausini, Luciano Pavarotti, Zucchero, Biagio Antonacci, Vinicio Capossela, Ezio Bosso, Claudio Abbado and many others.
Bologna is the home city of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor and grandfather of radio and modern wireless communications; his former house (the the first ever signal was broadcasted) holds the Guglielmo Marconi Museum and the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation.

The city of Bologna (Economy and Geography): Because of its strategic position the city of Bologna is the italian national hub for transportation; all the existing highways and trains connecting north to south and east to west pass through Bologna. Also the Guglielmo Marconi Airport is fastest growing airport in Italy, especially after becoming a Ryan Air hub in 2008.

Bologna is the capital of the first region in Italy (Emilia Romagna) in Gross Internal Product grow; also the city itself is the second Gross Internal Product city in Italy (Milan is first). Its area is right in the middle of a very important industrial territory including “The Motor Valley” (Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati etc), “The Food Valley” (Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella DOP, Granaloro etc). Also this area is industry leader in the farmaceutical sector, the mechanical sector and large retailers sector (the three giants Conad, Coop and Despar Italia are all based in Bologna).

Professional sports also attract wealthy investors like Segafredo Zanetti which holds Virtus Pallacanestro (2nd best titled basketball team in Italy) and the Saputo Inc from Montreal, Canada, owner of Bologna Football Club (4th best titled football team in Italy).


Music Academy’s logistics and curriculum

Music Academy aims to create a stimulating learning and teaching environment, based in the state-of-the-art Music Academy facilities in Bologna. We offer our students high quality teaching, but also wider perspectives to improve their role in current society.

Music Academy aims to offer high-quality higher education experiences which can transform lives. We have a remit for widening participation and employability.

High quality specialist facilities

Music Academy’s campus is newly located in an industrial park area of Bologna , with good public transport links. Since its opening in 1999, Music Academy has offered the best facilities for students interested in developing a vocational, hands on approach to music and the performing arts. The brand new facilities (opened in September 2014 within the Zona Roveri premises) offer 2500 square meters for students to develop their projects. Music Academy has become well known nationwide for its industry-relevant facilities.

Students’ visa

We offer our international students a “Letter of Offer” service to request a 3 years Student Visa. Please contact us for further informations.

Housing and students service 

Housing and students services are available for our students. Please contact us for further informations.



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