Black Music Action Coalition partners with Wasserman Music, Nashville Music Equality, Recording Industry Association of America and YouTube Music

Nashville, Tenn. (TN Tribune) – May 26, 2022 marked the end of the three-week Maymester Music Accelerator program at TSU.

This program concluded with guest speakers, super producer Dallas Austin and recording artist Sir The Baptist, both of whom received honorary doctorates of music from TSU on May 6.

The last class was held at the National Museum of African American Music and to their surprise, each student received a gold plaque from the RIAA. The Music Accelerator Program at Tennessee State University is a program in partnership with Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), Musical equality in Nashville, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Music Wassermanand YouTube Music.

During the 3-week program, guest lectures by influential music executives, as well as internships for students looking to kick-start their careers at several music industry companies, including Wasserman Music, Warner Music Nashville, and LVRN . Speakers who took part included Post Malone Director Dre London, Artistry Group Founder/CEO Max Gousse, Tuma Basa (Youtube Music), Andrew Lieber (MAC Agency), Roddy Ricch Manager Shawn Holiday, artists from BRELAND Record, Blanco Brown and Joy Oladokun, Mary J Ashaunna Ayars, Blige Manager, Marcus Johnson (Goldenvoice/AEG), Brandon McEachern and Marcus Allen (Broccoli City), Russell Barrett, EMPIRE Product Manager, RIAA’s Jackie Jones, Tina Davis (Vp of EMPIRE), Tim Reid and Jon Loba of BMG, and Wasserman Music agents Lee Anderson, Lenore Kinder, Callender, Chappel McCollister and Mallory Smith and many more.

“The Music Business Accelerator course was a one-of-a-kind learning experience that exposed students to successful music professionals. Whether it was having guests in the classroom or visit a music-related business, the course provided real-time, live information that allowed students to see their future career as a tangible goal, not an ambiguous dream.This course provided inspiration, calculation and anticipation of things to come!” Dr Mark Crawford, music teacher and coordinator commercial music, TSU

“The level of passion and focus I saw at the accelerator program gave me so much hope and excitement for the future of the music industry. I was so impressed with these students and I am honored to have had the opportunity to share the wisdom they will retain throughout their journey. Tina Davis, EMPIRE

“I’m truly honored to speak with an audience of music lovers at Tennessee State University. The Music Accelerator program is an incredible resource for budding young creatives, a program I would have loved to be part of when I first started my musical journey, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to share what I’ve learned and help in any way I can. Dr London

“The students at Tennessee State were amazing. I could tell the future of the music industry was in the room by the intensity with which they listened to each of us. This program is special! – Tuma Basa, Dir. Black music and culture, Youtube Music

“The Black Music Action Coalition wants to intentionally address the erasure of Black artists, executives, and the creative community on Music Row by creating a real pipeline of opportunity and resources to level the playing field in Nashville. I have seen the students of this music acceleration program show up at 8:15 a.m. every day, ready to learn and fully engaged for over 3 hours, as some of the most influential and successful leaders. entertainment influencers. industry has poured into it. Students were able to learn about publishing, management and branding, distribution, marketing, tour routing and talent buying and even participate in a focus group for an upcoming release. an artist signed to a major label. Three weeks of non-stop action. I met amazing artists, rappers, singer-songwriters, managers, producers who will definitely make their mark in this industry. Not only through the paid internships that follow this program, but we will continue to work directly with all of these students to ensure they have everything they need to succeed. It was an incredible first step, one that many BMACs will take with those in Nashville dedicated to racial, social and economic justice. We are grateful for the partnership with Dr. Crawford, Wasserman Music, RIAA, Youtube Music and Nashville Music Equality and Tennessee State University. – Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, co-founder/co-president of BMAC

“It was truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to share my story, knowledge, and experiences in the music field with the incredible students and future music leaders of the Music Accelerator Program at Tennessee State University. “My personal goal was to show young aspiring black creatives that a career in the music business is attainable at the highest level. The students were smart, engaged, and fun! Thank you to everyone involved!” Marcus Johnson, Goldvoice/ AEG

“TSU has always had talented and hardworking students, and they deserve the same access to opportunities in the music industry as their contemporaries at local PWIs. I loved being able to share my experience and story with them, and I am confident that these students will go on to do great things in this industry. I am grateful to the RIAA and BMAC for the opportunity to connect with the class and give back to the next generation of leaders. – BRELAND

“LVRN supports BMAC and Tennessee State University’s Wasserman Music Accelerator program. We all started very young in this business and are eternally grateful to those who have invested time in developing us as executives. We believe we have a responsibility to pay it forward and invest in the next generation of young leaders and this program is the perfect opportunity. – Amber Grimes, Executive Vice President and General Manager of LVRN

“Being part of this program has been an amazing experience and an important first step in bringing more voices to the table. These students are incredibly talented and I believe they are the future of the music industry. We have all learned a lot from the speakers and from each other and I look forward to joining in more intentional efforts to bring opportunities like this to more students. Jackie Jones, Artist and Industry Relations, RIAA

“The breadth of this program is so important to our TSU students who have historically been excluded from access and opportunity in our music landscape here in Nashville, TN. On behalf of Nashville Music Equality and the Nashville Promise Zone, I could not be more proud and inspired to see the number of Black Music Executives this program will produce. And for this to happen at Tennessee State University is absolutely amazing! – Brian Sexton, Nashville Music Equality Community Chair / Nashville Promise Area Manager

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