WMG’s HBCU Immersion Program Features Next Application Window – Billboard
Warner Music Group will begin accepting new applications for its upcoming HBCU immersion program in January 2023. Presented in collaboration with Culture Creators to prepare students for careers in the music industry, the program concluded its first run on last month.
“As a proud HBCU alumnus, I am thrilled with the creation of WMG’s HBCU Immersion Program,” said Dr. Maurice Stinnett, WMG’s Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in a communicated. “HBCUs are bursting with talent, brilliance and creativity – everything we need in the next generation of music industry leaders. I am very proud to offer this training opportunity in partnership with Culture Creators, which I know will further strengthen the leadership, skills and innovation of these amazing students.
The first six-week session of the program brought together 32 students accepted from more than 150 applications. His comprehensive introduction to the music industry is built around five cutting-edge modules that make up the curriculum designed by Culture Creators: A&R, Marketing, Data Science, Business Development, and Administration & Licensing. Weekly live virtual sessions also include interactive learning activities and guest speaker panels.
Upon successful completion of the program, students have the opportunity to apply for a paid position within Warner Music Group’s Summer Emerging Talent Associate program. This hands-on experience extends to Atlantic Records, Warner Records, Warner Music Nashville, Rhino, Warner Chappell and WMX. Housing subsidies are also provided to support relocation to one of these internship locations: New York, Los Angeles or Nashville.
Atlantic Records President Kevin Weaver said, “It’s an honor to be able to support the growth of programs within our industry that create hands-on learning and provide access to real-world opportunity. Through the program, we also get to know these young adults personally, giving Warner Music Group the opportunity to tap into the next generation of future leaders on the ground floor. From there, the potential opportunities are truly endless for everyone. The program is designed and conducted in close partnership between talent acquisition, DEI and business units; special thanks to [WMG manager, student programs] Vanessa Joseph and the teams that set it up.“
Those applying to the WMG HBCU Immersion Program in 2023 must be a junior, senior, or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited HBCU. They must also commit to three hours per week during the six-week program. For more information, visit www.wmg.com/hbcuimmersionprogram.
“The key to creating an equitable environment for students of color to learn, grow, and rise in the music industry lies in the willingness of leaders and businesses to provide them with access and support,” added Joi Brown, Culture Creators Founder and Chief Strategy Officer. partnerships at ICM Partners. “The WMG Immersion program provides access, leadership, education and mentorship, not to mention the opportunity, to intern across all business units. We are proud to have been co-conspirators in the program and look forward to our next cohort of students navigating the program. »