Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Brown University's Brown Leadership Institute Host Groundbreaking High School Summer Program

Program, Open to U.S. and International Students, Will Challenge Assumptions, Inspire Creativity and Develop Unique Leadership Skills for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

BOSTON--()--Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), founded to inspire, educate and launch the next generation of creative entrepreneurs, and the Brown Leadership Institute today announced a one-of-a-kind, pre-collegiate summer program for U.S. and international students. The program, which will take place July 5 through July 15, 2016, will combine world-class educational instruction from both Brown University and Berklee College of Music faculty, graduate students, and other entrepreneurial leaders with hands-on experience to develop practical knowledge for leadership and creative entrepreneurship. Upon completion of this course, students will receive a joint certificate from the two schools and have increased ability to solve problems, analyze issues, and creatively collaborate.

In 2015, the program's inaugural year, students from China and Taiwan explored an innovative approach to studying entrepreneurship, using music as the underlying coaching language. Building on the success of the 2015 camp, Berklee partnered with Brown to expand this year's focus to not only music and creative entrepreneurship, but also socially responsible leadership. Berklee and Brown will welcome students from the U.S. and all over the world, including those from conflict-zone territories like Israel and Cyprus. During the 10-day long program, students will spend one week in Boston on Berklee's vibrant campus to focus on creative entrepreneurship and five days in Providence on the Brown University campus to focus on socially responsible leadership. The immersive program will blend the principles of play, passion, and purpose to help students develop the mindset required to become young leaders.

“At BerkleeICE, we believe that music is a catalyst for cultural entrepreneurship and diplomacy, and we're thrilled to partner with Brown on such a dynamic course for pre-college students this summer,” said Panos Panay, founding managing director of BerkleeICE. “This is a truly one-of-a-kind experience and we believe that exposing students from across the world to this type of original program will not only spur creative thinking, but also encourage students to create positive social change within their own communities.”

The 2016 summer program will feature workshops and lectures with world-renowned music professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs from the fields of technology, business, leadership and art, including esteemed faculty from Berklee and the Brown Leadership Institute. A sample of lecturers from last year include music professionals such as Grammy-award winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, and Songwriting Department Chair Bonnie Hayes, music industry entrepreneurs such as George Howard, artist and MIT lecturer Aithan Shapira, and IDEO partner Michael Hendrix. Outside of the program time, instruction will be enhanced with hands-on activities and visits to innovation labs, cultural institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

“Leadership is a collaborative process and Brown’s Leadership Institute helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of socially responsible leadership,” said Kisa Takesue, Director of Leadership Programs at Brown University. “We are excited to team up with Berklee College of Music on this unique initiative that cultivates both creativity and leadership, inspiring youth to make a positive impact.”

To learn more about the summer program or to apply, please visit the International High School Summer Program website.

About BerkleeICE

Creativity and innovative thinking are the most valuable assets for professionals who wish to excel in today’s competitive business environment. Such skills are particularly critical in the music industry, where new technologies and ideas compel constant change in the ways music is developed, marketed and distributed. These trends are at the core of Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (ICE), an initiative designed to inspire, educate and launch the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. BerkleeICE helps prepare graduates for careers as entrepreneurs; fosters the creation of new products, services and businesses in the creative industry; and inspires disruptive ideas through musical creativity and cross-discipline collaboration.

BerkleeICE was founded in 2014 and is led by founding managing director and entrepreneur Panos Panay. More information can be found at and @BerkleeICE.

About Brown University’s Leadership Institute

It is easy for students to feel overwhelmed by the enormity and complexity of the many challenges facing the world today. Problems such as environmental destruction, health crisis, wars, poverty, economic uncertainty, and social inequality demand the attention of every member of our global community. But “to be the change we wish to see in the world,” we must start with ourselves, by questioning our assumptions, expanding our knowledge, and changing our behavior. The Brown Leadership Institute can help students rise to all of these challenges, by creating a learning environment that encourages exploration, discussion, and personal growth. We believe that informed and engaged youth can make a positive difference in the world; thus our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership.

The Leadership Institute was founded in 2002 by Robin Rose, PhD. More information can be found at

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee, a nonprofit educational institution, was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. In December 2015, the Berklee Board of Trustees voted to merge with The Boston Conservatory, creating the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions.

With a focus on global learning, the Berklee campus in Valencia, Spain, offers graduate programs and study abroad opportunity, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 47 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing more than 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 300 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow. Learn more at

About Brown University

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.


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BerkleeICE and the Brown Leadership Institute will host a groundbreaking summer program, geared for U.S. and international students, that will challenge assumptions and inspire creativity.


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