Tennessee State University’s Commercial Music program’s recently concluded “Maymester” Music Accelerator Program partnership with the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), Music Makes Us, and the Recording Industry Association of America has yielded more immediate placements for its students than the program’s previous two years.

Continued access to leadership, mentorship, and career resources to help them break into the music industry has yielded impressive results for 2024’s class of two dozen TSU students, including the following:

  • In partnership with BMAC, Live Nation Urban will allow this year’s class to produce, book, market and handle ticketing for a live concert to benefit the Music Accelerator Program.
  • While learning about talent buying and event promotion, students participated in a music festival planning competition. The winners received an all-expense-paid VIP trip to Rolling Loud Miami.
  • The class will attend rapper, singer, and songwriter Gunna’s upcoming concert in Nashville and June’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Brian Sexton from Nashville Music Equality, TSU professor Larry Jenkins Jr., Jackie Jones (Recording Industry Association of America's senior vice president of Artist and Industry Relations), BMAC co-founder and CEO Willie "Prophet" Stiggers with TSU students

“Over the course of the Accelerator, I’ve watched these students immerse themselves into a wide range of disciplines in the music industry and engage with some of the most powerful players in the game. BMAC is proud to serve as the pipeline for opportunities, resources and mentors for the next generation of Black artists and music industry executives,” said Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, BMAC co-founder, president & CEO.

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