Hip Hop Grows Up Inc. Along with Dollyhood Records Partners with Florida A&M University to Host the C.E.O. Experience – a Music and Entertainment Industry Conference

Tallahassee, FL, July 22, 2011 --(PR.com)-- During a press conference, Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced it will host the Creativity Education Opportunity (C.E.O.) Experience, a music and entertainment industry conference scheduled for November 3 and November 4, 2011 on FAMU’s campus. The conference will offer new artists, producers, journalists, graphic designers, public relations and business students direct access and inside information on launching and sustaining a successful career in the music and entertainment business.

At the press conference, music industry executive Al Bell announced plans to establish a partnership with the university along with Hip Hop Grows Up Inc. and Dollyhood Records, which will provide resources for the FAMU Institute for Hip Hop and Music Industry Studies as well as scholarships for students pursuing careers in music and entertainment industries.

Bell will be the keynote speaker for the C.E.O. Experience conference. Bell, who started in the entertainment business as a radio broadcaster, became owner and chairman of Stax Records and former President of Motown Records.

He is recognized as one of the “Most Influential African Americans in Radio” and was recently honored with the Grammy Trustee Award for his significant contributions to the recording field.

“It is most appropriate for FAMU to influence and provide the future leadership for the entire music industry by launching a music conference and establishing a music curriculum that emphasizes creativity, education and opportunity born of the poignant African-American Hip Hop culture,” said Bell.

Conference session panels will include discussions on the following: career development, the digital age of media, video production, record companies 101, and public relations. The Professional Networking Fair allows participants the opportunity to meet and greet representatives from various music and media companies.

Nina Packer, general manager of Bryant Management, the company behind Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Lil’ Twist, will facilitate a workshop on artist management. Music executive Amir Windom will give participants an inside look into the role of A&R in records and music supervision in television and film.

“The C.E.O. experience will provide our students with an incredible educational opportunity to learn from key entertainment industry insiders,” said Kawachi Clemons, Ph.D., who serves as the director of the Institute. “Having someone like Al Bell put his name and reputation behind this type of programming is a true blessing.”

James Hawkins, dean of FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, expressed how this will be a wonderful opportunity for students.

“The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication is excited to partner with Dr. Clemons on this project,” said Hawkins. “Bringing leaders from the music and entertainment industry to campus will foster the cultivation of internships and other opportunities for our students.”

About the Institute for Hip Hop and Music Industry Studies
The Institute for Hip Hop and Music Industry Studies was created to actively promote and advance the knowledge about hip-hop arts and culture and its relational position as an extension of black and African-American artistic cultural traditions. The Music Industry program major within the bachelor of science in music degree is designed to acquaint students to the concepts and methodologies of the music and entertainment industry. The four-year program combines studies in music and business.

About School of Journalism and Graphic Communication
The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication was founded in 1982. Its Division of Journalism was the first journalism program at a historically black university to be nationally accredited by the ACEJMC. It offers four journalism sequences: newspaper, magazine production, broadcast (radio and television) and public relations. Its Division of Graphic Communication offers instruction in graphic design and photography.

For More Information Contact:

Cecillia Morris/Talia Ashley
Hip Hop Grows Up, Inc.
678) 528-3366

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