Big Sean is solidly grabbing 2017 to be his year for the taking after the release of his glowingly reviewed I Decided album, breaking out a new fashion collection with Puma, and lending a helping hand to Flint’s water crisis.
So now that he’s proven to be the underdog on top of the world, he’s reaching a hand down to pull up the nation’s youth right along with him.
Kicking off in April, Sean's Mogul Prep educational initiative will host a series of workshops that will teach students in four cities around the nation how to break through the music industry’s glass ceiling. The program aims to introduce students to roles and careers outside of being a performing artist so as to create versatility among the youth’s dreams of an entertainment career. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Sean explained the significance of the project that he hopes will successfully reach students.
"When I stand on that stage, there are at least 30 other people that have something to do with me standing there,” he told Rolling Stone. “Business managers, publishers, publicists, agents, booking agents, creative directors, lighting technicians, sound guys — all these different jobs that they don't teach in high school."
Mogul Prep, a task-initiative of the “Bounce Back” rapper’s The Sean Anderson Foundation, is led by Sean and his mother, who is also a former middle school teacher, Myra Anderson. Its mission is to bolster opportunities and broaden educational options for young aspiring music business professionals in Sean’s Detroit hometown. Other projects backed by his educationally driven foundation included a recording studio that he built in his D-town alma mater and a benefit concert with proceeds forwarded to after-school programs.
Mogul Prep will be structured through 100 hours of courses, interviews and interactivity from several of Sean’s showbiz associates with curriculums professionally developed to enhance the experience. In addition to Detroit, the three other cities the initiative will land in includes Silver Spring, Maryland, Miami and Atlanta.
Major blessings, Sean Don!
Learn more about Sean’s plans for Mogul Prep in the program’s official campaign video below.
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