Just another reason Detroit and the rest of the world love Big Sean! This sounds like an extraordinary program that will set the ground work for some amazing opportunities for some young people!
(Rolling Stone)The Mogul Prep program consists of around 100 hours of material put together by professional curriculum developers. It includes course plans and methods of evaluation that can be used by teachers, an interactive component for students and video interviews with various associates of Big Sean — his tour manager, business manager and more — who discuss their experiences on the job.
Big Sean and his mother tested the program in Detroit in 2015 with around 300 students. On his upcoming tour, the rapper will host another Mogul Prep event in Detroit and also introduce the program to groups of students in Silver Spring, Maryland, Atlanta and Miami. Those in attendance will hear the stories of Sarah Roundtree and Towalame Austin, from the entertainment company Roc Nation, Big Sean's production manager Maceo Price, his DJ Mo Beatz and Mike Carson, who serves as the rapper's creative director.
The program is not solely dependent on Big Sean's tour schedule; interested schools from other cities can license the Mogul Prep curriculum for $149 per student per year. Since many of the institutions the rapper hopes to reach are in low-income areas, The Sean Anderson Foundation is in the process of obtaining corporate sponsorships to help place the program in schools. This model has worked in the past: Ally Bank, PNC Bank, MGM Grand Detroit and Riverfront Conservatory sponsored Mogul Prep's 2015 test run, and Adidas helped install the recording studio in Sean's alma mater. The goal is to have 2,000 students work with Mogul Prep in the fall of 2017, and the foundation will track those students in the future to determine if they go on to college or careers in entertainment.
"It's a new fresh thing; it's still in the experimental stage," the rapper says. "But it's needed: a way of learning that's straight to it, no fluff. That's what kids want in 2017, when our phones and the internet have made everything so direct. You just need to get to the information."