Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine give $70 million to the University of Southern California
Hip Hop veteran rapper and producer Dr Dre jointly with business partner Jimmy Lovine, producer, engineer and founder of Interscope Records gave $70 million to the University of Southern California for a new academy. The academy according to Dr Dre and Jimmy Lovine will give students the tools needed to break into the music industry and learn the business side as well.
The academy will accept 25 students for the fall of 2014.
C.L. Max Nikias the University’s president said in a statement: “The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world.”
As for how the donation will be spent, an unspecified amount will be used to build new facilities for the academy. Facilities will not be completed when the first classes begin in fall 2014, students will instead use current facilities for their studies.
For this academy it will be a four year degree program with four core curriculum areas to include, arts and entrepreneurship; technology, design and marketability; concept and business platform; and creating a prototype.
Also students can expect to learn engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training as part of their instruction from professors of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Roski School of Fine Arts, Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering. Also, “industry icons and innovators as visiting faculty and guest speakers” will give instruction to students who are apart of the academy.
Jimmy Lovine has worked with some of music’s biggest stars, including a spot as guest judge on American Idol. Recently, Lovine was asked to speak at USC’s 2013 commencement ceremony, which will take place this Friday at Alumni park on University of Southern California’s campus.