In another forward-thinking move by music mogul and superstar Jay-Z, the rap legend and his company Roc Nation have announced the launch of a school for entertainment management set to open at Long Island University in the fall 2021.

The program will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship, production, and sports management. In an attempt to give back to his birth place, a quarter of the students in the inaugural Roc Nation class will be given free tuition based on (their) financial need and merit, company officials said. The support, which the school has dubbed the “Hope Scholarship” will target promising high schoolers from New York and situated in the heart of Brooklyn, the LIU location will give students a range of opportunities for jobs, internships and networking.

“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 company 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.

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