Roc Nation to establish school in Long Island University
Jay Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation has announced plans to establish a school of music, sports and entertainment at Long Island University (LIU).
The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at LIU will be offering undergraduate degrees in music; music technology, entrepreneurship & production; and sports management.
The school, which is situated in founder musician and entrepreneur Jay Z’s hometown of Brooklyn (New York), said it will aim to provide students with hands-on experience, counting on a network of professionals.
Roc Nation students will engage closely with Long Island University professors, guest artists, and lecturers, amidst intensive internships as a means to foster career development.
Commenting on the collaboration, Desiree Perez, CEO of Roc Nation, said: “Pursuing higher education is an investment in one’s future. This partnership, envisioned alongside LIU President Dr Cline, is a true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City and beyond.”
25% of Roc Nation school students promised scholarships
The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment plans to begin enrolment of students at LIU Brooklyn in Fall 2021.
Around 25% of registered students have been promised scholarship by the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment and are entitled to mentorship and individual assistance upon graduation.
Confirming the partnership, Eric Krasnoff, Board Chairman of LIU, said: “We are proud to offer students the extraordinary scholarship and learning opportunities they need to achieve their goals through this creative collaboration.
“It embodies Long Island University’s renown as a destination for world-class education, exceptional career development, and empowering cultural initiatives.”
Courses for youngsters alongside college programmes
Along with the college programme, the school has confirmed the provision of summer residential camps for high school students and Saturday programmes for children within the ages of 10-18.
A year-round programme for children and teens interested in music, sports, and management, and will provide scholarships for those who need as well.
Reacting to the development, Dr Kimberly Cline, President of LIU, said: “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.
“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.”