The Howard University School of Business announced it has received a $4.9 million gift from Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund, which it will use for a new music business center.
The center will prepare the university’s students for careers in music management and provide space for curriculum development and internship opportunities, Howard said in a statement.
“The contributions of African-American artists to the music and entertainment business are significant, but people of color are still underrepresented on the management side of the industry,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “This gift to the School of Business honors the historic legacy Black people have made in the industry while making a crucial investment in today’s students who will become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Business School Dean Anthony D. Wilbon said the center will help “create a pipeline to help diversify all levels of this influential business.”
“Our goal is to prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed, provide the networking opportunities to gain exposure to industry leaders, and create long-term impact in the entertainment boardrooms,” Wilbon said.
The Social Justice Fund was established in June in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black people that sparked protests for social justice, according to the HU statement.