Jay-Z’s is set to open a Roc Nation sponsored school of Music, Sports & Entertainment education program.
“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.
Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY will be the home of this new program for inquiring students starting in Fall 2021.
“Our proximity in and around New York City’s epicenter of music and sports clearly positions us to offer unparalleled experiential learning and access to professional opportunities that will launch students to success,” LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline added. “We look forward to joining with Roc Nation to offer an unprecedented educational resource that opens up the entertainment and sports world to a new and eager generation.”
Happily for students, Roc Nation will provide 25 percent of its students with scholarships so that they graduate debt free.
The program is designed to provide education for aspiring creatives interested in performing arts and the business side of entertainment and sports. In the end, undergraduates can obtain degrees in music, business and sports management.
This service to the community comes a no surprise for the Brooklyn native. According to Page Six, “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, entertainment company launched in 2008, has a roster of clients including Rihanna, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Uzi Vert. Each courses is part of the Grammy winner’s mastered gameplay to becoming hip-hop’s first billionaire rapper-mogul. Specially selected professors and musical guests will engage with students through lecturers and hands-on experience through internships.