Jay-Z’s Roc Nation alongside Long Island University is set to open the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment.
The school will be a part of Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Roc Nation said it would provide 25 percent of its students with scholarships so that they graduate with no student debt. It plans to offer education about performing arts and the business side of entertainment and sports.
Jay-Z’s work has been the stuff of academia in its own right: Georgetown University once offered a class called “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z,” and his hit “99 Problems” received a line-by-line analysis in the Saint Louis University Law Journal focusing on “the Fourth Amendment issues Verse 2 raises.”
Roc Nation, an entertainment company founded and helmed by Jay-Z, is partnering with Long Island University in Brooklyn to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment.
The school at the university in Brooklyn, New York, will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production and sports management to generate opportunities for young creatives and business minds. Each of those courses of study is part of the 22-time Grammy winner and Brooklyn native’s business which he has since mastered en route to becoming hip-hop’s first billionaire rapper-mogul.
The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester with 25% of the incoming freshmen class earning a Roc Nation Hope Scholarship that positions them to graduate with their college degree without any student debt. Roc Nation Hope Scholarship recipients will be selected from a group of academically competitive, need-based, first-time freshmen from New York.
“We’re excited that The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will provide unique insight, knowledge and experiences for students and introduce the world to the next generation of unmatched talent,” Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez said in a statement on Tuesday.
Perez added that the partnership with LIU is “a true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City, and beyond.”
With admission into the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment, students will receive invaluable access to top talent and executives throughout the industry, which they can cultivate into reliable contacts in their careers.
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