Rapper IDK is getting ready to launch a free music business program through Harvard University for students of color.
The 10-day program, called No Label Academy, will take place August 21-31 on the school’s campus in Boston. It will help students of color jumpstart careers in the music industry. The tuition is free to any student accepted into the program, with applications opening this week. “This free course focuses on building a pipeline for BIPOC talent to kickstart their music careers, democratizing and reframing what is attainable in the industry,” states the official website for the program.
“I decided to create this program for the purpose of letting people in the BIPOC community know that a job in the arts is a lot more realistic than what society makes it seem these days,” IDK said in a statement.
IDK is partnering with Nike and other brands to launch the program. Brian K. Price, clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and director of the Transactional Law Clinics, will serve as an adviser for the new program. “Anyone aspiring to do music as a business must think like and excel as an entrepreneur. There must be a foundation of knowledge and how to apply that knowledge. Learning from experience is one way; learning from ‘the experienced’ is another,” he said. “I’m happy to support initiatives that help learners understand how to make wise decisions.”
Click here to apply to the comprehensive program or for more information.