January 25, 2023


Intensive 10-Week Entertainment Education Program (with a focus on the music industry) Which Covers a Range of Business Sectors, with Guest Lectures by Influential Music Executives

Follows 2022 Music Accelerator Program at Tennessee State University

Wasserman Music — an industry leader in the representation of world-class artists — announces the second iteration of its Entertainment Accelerator Experience, launching on January 25, 2023. The intensive music business education program will be hosted this year at Howard University in Washington, DC, one of the nation’s foremost historically Black colleges and universities.

This initiative is the latest of many commitments Wasserman Music has made via their partnership with Color of Change and their #ChangeMusic platform. Following the success and impact of the inaugural Music Accelerator program at Tennessee State University, Howard University reached out to Wasserman Music Wasserman Music to be involved in the next Music Accelerator program, which seemed like a natural fit based on its reputation for excellence and its existing student pipeline to the film industry. The Music Accelerator Program at Howard University will help curate the same level of achievement for students in the music industry.

For The Music Accelerator Program at Howard University, Wasserman Music has planned a 10-week curriculum, running from January 25th to February 24th and March 13th to April 17th, 2023. Over the course of 10 weeks, 30-60 participating Howard University students will be provided with a rigorous curriculum covering various facets of the music industry, including management, talent buying, tour promotions, songwriting, publishing and more.

The program will feature guest lectures from music industry executives and thought leaders, plus internship placements for students considering careers in the Music, Musical Theatre, Film & TV, and broader entertainment industry.

This year’s roster of dynamic guest lecturers include Wasserman Music executives Lee Anderson and Callender, SVP of Marketing Sam Alpert, Senior Director of Inclusion, Equity & Diversity Lindsay LaBennett, and Director of Social Impact Denise Melanson. Other speakers will include Marcus Allen and Brandon McEachern (Broccoli City), Arty Furtado (Move Forward Music), Ty Baisden (Brent Faiyaz’s manager), Tanisha Jones (Essence), Diane “Shabazz” Varnie (Saint Heron) Rhea Roberts-Johnson (Goldenvoice), Dutch (Big K.R.I.T management) and producer and DJ Just Blaze. Additional guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Wasserman Music EVP & Managing Executive Lee Anderson said, “We couldn’t be more excited to connect with the promising students at one of the country’s most prestigious schools to help set them on the path to launching successful music industry careers. We want to help grow the next generation of industry leaders to create a lasting impact on the music business.”

Wasserman Music Vice President Callender added, “Engaging with future leaders in the business is so important to me and to Wasserman. We want to create access and opportunities to learn from some of the smartest people we know, to foster a meaningful and well-rounded understanding of our business for Howard students.”

Howard University, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, Prof. Pat Parks said, “We are excited to work with Wasserman on this Entertainment Accelerator because it will afford our students an opportunity to learn from industry professionals at the top of their respective fields and to get invaluable hands-on experience through internship opportunities with Wasserman and its industry partners.”

Music Accelerator Program 2023 Class Curriculum:
Wednesday, Jan. 25th — Entering the Music Business: the good, bad and the ugly

Wednesday, Feb 1st — Role of a manager/management

Wednesday, Feb 8th — Agency & role of the Agent

Wednesday, Feb 15th — Tour Management

Wednesday, Feb 22nd — Talent buying

Wednesday, March 15th — Tour/Show Marketing

Wednesday, March 22nd — Producer/Songwriter Workshop

Wednesday, March 29th — Publishing

Wednesday, April 5th — Role of Record label and releasing music

Wednesday, April 12th — Final Workshop/In-Class Case Study

The Music Accelerator Program’s inaugural year at Nashville’s Tennessee State University, also a historically Black university, took place of three-weeks in May of 2022. The program featured industry game-changers including Dre London (Post Malone manager), Tina Davis (EMPIRE), Tuma Basa (YouTube), Andrew Lieber (MAC Agency), Amber Grimes (LVRN) and Didier Morais (Vital Versatility), as well as executives from Spotify, Live Nation, Wasserman Music, BMG, RIAA, Warner Music, BMI and more. Plans are underway to continue the Tennessee State program in 2023.

Wasserman Music represents a world-class roster of artists for live performance, touring, brand partnerships and beyond, empowering them to create culture and impact audiences globally. The passionate, entrepreneurial agents at Wasserman Music are long-term artist development strategists who build significant, global platforms for the world’s most impactful artists. Wasserman Music is a division of Wasserman, a partner to the world’s most iconic sports figures, musical artists, brands, and properties.

Howard University prepares diverse, talented and ambitious students to learn, lead and embody excellence in truth and service. Our community of more than 12,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students represents 53 states and territories, and 53 nations. Howard is one of the world’s most prestigious destinations for professionals in health, science, engineering, art, law, and education. Howard University’s Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts (COFA) offers an undergraduate and graduate education capable of empowering students to achieve their tremendous potential as artists and professionals. As the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with a college dedicated to the arts, Howard serves as a critical space and provides a supportive environment for artists from historically excluded communities to find their own voice and provide a voice for the voiceless. The College of Fine Arts is committed to cultivating artists who use self-expression for the pursuit of social progress. The College fulfills this commitment by bolstering the reputation of the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre Arts as well as other programs including but not limited to the University Choir, the University’s Marching Band, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and many more. Also, COFA strives to cultivate unique opportunities for collaborations to enhance the experiential education of our students. The College of Fine Arts, under the direction of Dean Phylicia Rashad, generates global leadership in the arts and creative economies, giving new shape to wide cross-sections of our society and serving as a hub for national and international dialogue about arts and culture.

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