Rapper and entrepreneur, Jay-Z, is set to launch the Roc Nation School Of Music, Sports and Entertainment as his company Roc Nation, has announced a new partnership with Long Island University in Jay-Z’s hometown, Brooklyn.
The classes will begin in 2021 and students will experience hands-on learning while scholarships will be offered based on merit, Roc Nation announced.
The financial support, which the school has dubbed the “Hope Scholarship” will target promising high-schoolers from New York.
The school will be housed at the 15,000-student Long Island University in Brooklyn, and will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management, according to The Associated Press.
“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 Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez.
The new school will be a “a true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City, and beyond,” she added.
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company was formed in 2008 and has signed on big-name artists including Kanye West, Rihanna, J.Cole, Alicia Keys etc.
Roc Nation Sports, a subsidiary of Roc Nation Entertainment was opened in 2013 to represent athletes and boasts Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford among it’s clientele.