Program for current & former players runs Feb 27-March 1 in New York
Twenty current and former NFL players including seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and NFL Network analyst TORRY HOLT and two-time All-Star defensive backs ANTOINE BETHEA and AL HARRIS will take part in the first-ever NFL Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York, it was announced today.
The program, which runs from February 27-March 1, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and offers professional training for creative entrepreneurs in the music industry.
Following are the current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Business of Music Boot Camp:
|Player||Current team (Former teams)|
|Keary Colbert||Former (CAR, DEN, SEA, DET, KC)|
|Justin Fargas||Former (OAK)|
|Torry Holt||Former (STL, JAX)|
|Darren Howard||Former (NO, PHL)|
|Dustin Lyman||Former (CHI)|
|David Macklin||Former (IND, ARZ, WASH, KC)|
|Ryan McNeil||Former (DET, STL, CLE)|
|Chukky Okobi||Former (PIT, AZ)|
|L.J. Shelton||Former (AZ, CLE, MIA, SD)|
|Craig Terrill||Former (SEA)|
Player enrollment criteria include previous participation in NFL Player Engagement programs, prior music experience, essays, and NFL playing experience. All costs other than travel are covered by the NFL.
Faculty members at the Business of Music Boot Camp will include:
CLIVE DAVIS, chief creative officer of Sony BMG, who has developed top performers including Janis Joplin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, and Alicia Keys. He won a Grammy Trustee Award in 2000 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
DANNY STRICK, co-president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. From pitching the Motown catalogue to rock acts with Jobete Music early in his career to becoming senior vice president and GM of BMG Music, Strick has held a number of influential positions in the publishing industry throughout his career.
JONATHAN DANIEL, a founder and partner at Crush Management, an artist management company that represents acts including Gym Class Heroes, Panic! At the Disco, Train, and Cobra Starship.
SAM HOLLANDER, a songwriter and producer whose work has often appeared in the Top 40 Pop Hits. He has written or produced for artists including Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Train, and Chiddy Bang.
AL BRANCH, the general manager at Hip Hop Since 1978, a management and production company whose roster boasts major figures Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Young Jeezy.
MICHAEL “BLUE” WILLIAMS, the CEO of Family Tree Entertainment, which recently merged with Primary Wave Music to create Family Tree Primary Wave. His client roster includes Cee Lo Green, Cody Simpson, and Eric Benet, and previous clients include OutKast, Monica and Big Sean.
MICHAEL SOLOMON, co-founder of Musicians on Call–a non-profit organization that brings music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities–as well as the co-founder of Brick Wall Management, whose past and present roster includes artists John Mayer, Citizen Cope, and William Fitzsimmons.