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MNPS and Capitol Music Join Forces for Bonus Tracks Program at Pearl-Cohn High School

Fostering the next generation of music executives

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – (January 16, 2019) – Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School today launched a unique, cutting-edge partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group, providing 20 students rare access to the inner-workings of a major recording label. School administrators and music executive EJ Gaines, co-executive director, Motown Gospel and vice president of marketing, Capitol Christian Music Group in Nashville, were on-hand to officially announce the new Bonus Tracks course, which will expose students to opportunities waiting for them on the other side of high school.

Hosted by music executives at Capitol Music Group and the Nashville-based Capitol Christian Music Group,  Bonus Tracks is a nine-week extracurricular course that will provide students a direct connection to the music industry, which is engrained in the DNA of Nashville. Throughout the immersive course, hosted at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet School, students will learn first-hand the role of a modern record label in today’s new age of music by meeting weekly with executives from all areas of the industry: creative, marketing, commercial partnerships and promotion.

“I am appreciative that the Nashville business community continues to reach into our schools to guide and inspire our future work force,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph, MNPS director of schools. “This partnership will share authentic and creative work experiences with our students to help them see what is possible after graduation.”

With the goal of developing the next generation of music executives in Music City, students in the Bonus Tracks course will have access to yet another immersive experience into the music industry.

“We are thrilled to be expanding the Bonus Tracks Program into the Nashville market in partnership with our Capitol Christian Music Group team,” shares Brian Nolan, Senior Vice President, Capitol Music Group and co-creator of Bonus Tracks. “We have seen first-hand the power that the Bonus Tracks program has demonstrated in the development of students’ success in their high school and how it creates a pathway to a future career in the music industry.”

The program’s first class begins in February. If the pilot program is successful, MNPS and Capitol Music Group look to expand Bonus Tracks to other Metro Schools.



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