Jay-Z is preparing to roll out a â€œRoc Nation School,â€ which will offer students accredited music, sports, and entertainment degrees.
Roc Nation, the 50-year-old rapper and mogulâ€™s entertainment company, recently detailed the college â€“ officially named the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment â€“ in aÂ formal release. The result of a partnership between Roc Nation and Long Island University (LIU), Roc Nation School will start enrolling students at the LIU campus in Jay-Zâ€™s native Brooklyn next fall. Itâ€™s unclear how many individuals the school will accommodate, but interested students can begin submitting their applications sometime this autumn.
In addition to offering degrees in â€œmusic; music technology, entrepreneurship & production; and sports management,â€ the institution will invite â€œguest artists and lecturersâ€ to afford enrollees real-world insight and information. Plus, students are set to participate in â€œimmersive internships,â€ presumably with some of the biggest companies in music and sports, given Jay-Zâ€™s reach in the former andÂ roleÂ with the New York City-headquartered National Football League (NFL).
A quarter of the Roc Nation Schoolâ€™s New York-based first-time freshmen will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships, covering their tuition for all four years and granting them â€œindividualized support and mentorship.â€ Lastly, Roc Nation School will hold year-round music and sports management Saturday school programs for children between the ages of 10 and 18, as well as â€œsummer residential camps for high school students.â€
Addressing her companyâ€™s partnership with Long Island University in a statement, Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez said, â€œWeâ€™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.â€
This positive announcement was preceded by few decidedly negative stories involving Jay-Z. To be sure, we covered the copyright infringement allegations levied against the â€œDirt Off Your Shoulderâ€ singer (and BeyoncÃ©) by Jamaican artist Dr. Lenora Antoinette Stines. Dr. Stines alleges that Jay-Z and his wife sampled a speech she deliveredÂ despite lacking the permission to do so.
And when it rains, it pours: we alsoÂ reportedÂ in the same month that Norwegian authorities were officially investigating Jay-Zâ€™s music streaming service, TIDAL, following multiple allegations of the platformâ€™s committing data fraud by inflating its play counts. Given that TIDAL threatenedÂ to sue the entire country of NorwayÂ about one year ago, however, the full-scale investigation hardly came as a surprise.
Source: Digital Music News