United Bank for Africa has put its weight behind the empowerment of youths through a Music and Business Masterclass that will encourage talented musicians and lovers of music to enhance their abilities and turn their gifts into profitable ventures.
The Masterclass a result of a strategic partnership with Berklee College of Music and Runway Jazz, and UBA, will allow participants get a better understanding of the access to scholarship opportunities at Berklee College as they learn how to turn their talent and passion into business opportunities.
A statement from the bank noted that the masterclass tagged Runway Jazz 2017, is open to individuals, groups, record labels, established and emerging musicians as well as students of music. It will seminar and open up dialogue.
The masterclass taking place on April 29, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria,is facilitated by the Berklee College of music, while a Jazz runway show will be headlined by Nagee and Josh stone.
The Masterclass is a prelude to the Runway Jazz Concert, a special celebration of the International Jazz Day.
According to the convener, Afolabi Oke “The education is key as it enables the fulfilment of UNESCO’s mandate to encourage peaceful relations and foster the education, participation and creation of unity through the celebration of Jazz Music”
Professor George Russell holds many accolades and is the recipient of the highest award that Berklee gives to faculty, the Most Distinguished Faculty Award. Russell served as a Professor of Harmony and Piano, prior to becoming Chair. He holds the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division at the Berklee College of Music.
Najee, a Grammy Award winner and American saxophonist, who will be headlining the Runway Jazz Concert on April 30, will join the Professor to facilitate this unique and inspiring Masterclass.
Speaking about the event, Professor Russell says, “Many people understand, or think they understand music, some understand business, but there is a Business of Music that when you get the formula right, will open doors that you never even knew were there in the first place”.


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