The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) announced a partnership with Wasserman Music and Tennessee State University’s Commercial Music Program for a Music Acceleration Program running May 9-26.
In collaboration with Nashville Music Equality and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the intensive program will cover multiple industry sectors including songwriting, copyright, publishing, labels, marketing , touring and advertising, among others, and will include guest lectures. influential leaders. Among them: Post Malone director Dre London, Artistry Group founder/CEO Max Gousse, Roddy Ricch director Shawn Holiday, EMPIRE product manager Russell Barrett, Revels Group director Jamil Davis and Wasserman agents Music Lee Anderson, Lenore Kinder, Callender, Chappel McCollister and Mallory Forgeron.
Internships are also a component, and participating companies include Quality Control Music and Wasserman Music, which have pledged to continue the program in the future at other historically black colleges and universities. The agency also hosts its own Color of Change and #ChangeMusic platform.
Lee Anderson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Wasserman Music, said, “The launch of this program is a step in Wasserman’s commitment to do the work to create real change in this industry. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to work with than BMAC, whose values and goals align perfectly with ours in this effort. We look forward to expanding this program to other schools in the years to come.
“Tennessee State University has one of the oldest commercial music degree programs in the nation, let alone HBCUs,” added Dr. Robert L. Elliott, head of TSU’s music department. “We are extremely pleased to join all program partners in this activity to extend equity of access and participation in all parts of the music industry to students who upon graduation , have too often found themselves marginalized and excluded from full participation. The partners in this activity are truly working to help change the paradigm of inclusion and equity in all parts of the music industry, and TSU and its students are proud to be part of this historic change.
The initiative aligns with the[commitment] to break down barriers, create access and opportunity, and level the playing field for the next generation of black executives and creatives,” said Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, co-founder and co-chairman of BMAC. “This partnership with Wasserman Music and TSU is the start of a movement that will grow and spread to colleges across the country. Not only do we provide meaningful paid internships with support services like housing and transportation, but having the ability to bring in subject matter experts and industry leaders to teach in-person classes will be invaluable to students.
Other program partners include the International Entertainment Buyers Association, Spotify, Country Music Association, SOLID Nashville, Sony Music and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Registration for the Music Accelerator Program opens March 28 and is open to all TSU students.
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