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  • Martel Sharpe

Roc Nation Launches New School for Music, Sports and Entertainment


Jay-Z's Roc Nation recently announced that it is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University (LIU) to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment.



“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,” said Desiree Perez, CEO of Roc Nation.


In a statement, she called the partnership “a true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City, and beyond.”


The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production and sports management. Students will receive opportunities to engage with guest artists and obtain unique internships.


With plans to start its first-semester fall 2021, the school will begin accepting applications this fall.



Additionally, it intends to give 25 percent of its incoming freshmen scholarships that will allow students to graduate debt-free.


The Roc Nation Hope Scholarship recipients will be selected from a group of academically competitive, need-based first-time freshmen from New York.


“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 said in a statement. “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.”


The school will also offer resources to high school students and those younger. Plans for additional programs will be introduced in spring 2021.