Black Music Action Coalition Launches Music Accelerator Program

The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC)Nashville Music Equality, the Recording Industry Association of America, and Wasserman Music have launched the second annual installment of their Maymester Music Accelerator Program, at HBCU Tennessee State University.

The program, powered by Amazon Music, offers Black college students in Tennessee career resources to help them break into the music industry. With an emphasis on mentorship, the Coalition brings in executives and artists to guest lecture throughout the program. This year’s program will be sponsored by Primary Wave’s BMAC-James Brown Education Fund — a fund announced at BMAC’s second Music In Action Awards Gala that’s set to grow annually and that will cover the costs for 30 students to take this elective class for free.

The program announces additional partners who will join to bring music industry insight and expertise for the TSU Students. These partners include:

  • Monday, May 8Tri Star Sports and Entertainment presented a reception, hosted by company representatives Lou Taylor, Heather Kinder, and Tyler Hubbard
  • Tuesday, May 9: Life of Song hosted by Eric Holt of Love Noise with guests AB Eastwood, Producer / Writer, Katie Fagan, Prescription Songs, Tim Gent, Artist / Songwriter, Bryant Taylorr, Artist / Songwriter, Rachel Wein, Prescription Songs
  • Thursday, May 11: Record Label 101 with Def Jam Recordings, featuring Actress/Def Jam artist Coco JonesNaim McNair, EVP A&R, and Charlene Thomas, VP Marketing, Lydia Asrat, 10Q Management, with moderator, Prophet, from the Black Music Action Coalition.
  • Monday, May 15: a Rolling Loud Takeover with Co-Founder / Co-CEO Tariq Cherif. Focusing on live music, the new takeover will also feature representatives from Goldenvoice (Marcus Johnson), Live Nation (Gade Raferty), and William Morris Endeavor (Kevin Shivers).
  • Thursday, May 18: The TSU Artist Session will feature Waka Flocka Flame. As part of the engagement, one (1) TSU student will be chosen to open for Waka Flocka at a show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville.
  • Monday May, 22: Music 101, hosted by Amazon Music, with representatives Gary Bushrod and Frankie Yaptinchay
  • Thursday May 25: Closing retreat, with moderation from Sirius XM Host Swaggy Sie, actress/artist Bre-Zand Tennessee native artist and songwriter Daisha "The Rap Girl" McBribe at the National Museum of African American MusicTopic: How to use your platform to impact change. 

Learn more about the Black Music Action Coalition at bmacoalition.org.