Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Brown University Host Second Annual Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program

Participating High School Students will Learn Directly from Industry Innovators to Cultivate Leadership Skills through Creativity and Music

BOSTON--()--Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), founded to inspire, educate and launch the next generation of creative entrepreneurs, today announced it is working with Brown University Pre-College Programs to host the second annual Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program, a one-of-a-kind summer program for U.S. and international high school students. The program, which will take place July 16-28, 2017, will guide students to tap into their inner creativity and leverage it to become inspired and innovative leaders.

The curriculum will focus on developing the startup mindset that is required to be a dynamic thinker and creator – a skill that is also highly coveted by today's leading colleges and employers. The program combines Brown University’s long-standing tradition of developing critical thinking and business skills with BerkleeICE’s philosophy of the synergy between music, entrepreneurialism and creativity in higher education. By tapping into the design-thinking methodology engrained in BerkleeICE’s curriculum, participating students will develop fundamental Ivy League business and analytical skills through the lenses of music, theater, dance and other art forms. Lessons and workshops will be led by renowned faculty from both of the elite higher education institutions, as well as social and creative innovators and music professionals, like industry entrepreneur George Howard, IDEO partner Michael Hendrix and Grammy Award winner Prince Charles Alexander.

During the two-week program, participating students will live and learn at both Brown University’s Providence campus and Berklee College of Music’s Boston campus, experiencing the unique aspects of the two New England cities. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate from Berklee and the Brown University Pre-College Programs, as well as an enhanced understanding of the lifelong skills – like public speaking, resiliency, creative thinking, teamwork and communication – needed to be successful innovators, collaborators, social entrepreneurs and problem solvers.

“As the business and higher education climates rapidly evolve, BerkleeICE is at the forefront of helping students prepare for the future and hone in on their creative and entrepreneurial skills,” said Panos Panay, founding managing director of BerkleeICE. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with an esteemed institution like Brown University, whose interests and approaches uniquely complement Berklee's, for another summer program and look forward to working with this year’s group of smart and inspired participants. By combining our musically inspired creative thinking with Brown’s analytical business mindset, we’re confident that participants will gain a unique set of entrepreneurial skills that today’s business world requires.”

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. Participating students will also gain exclusive access to other cutting-edge projects and partnerships BerkleeICE is currently intricately involved in, including its Open Music Initiative (OMI), a collective of the music industry’s leading technologists, entrepreneurs, educators and artists working together to leverage technology for a more seamless payment and rights structure.

“Our pre-college programs are designed to help challenge and inspire high school students to acquire skills that will set them up for future success while giving them a taste of what college-level academics truly require,” said Adrienne Marcus, Director of Pre-College Programs at Brown University. “Teaming up with Berklee College of Music for another successful summer program is a testament to this goal, and we know that participants will walk away with an educational experience unlike any other.”

To learn more about the summer program or to apply, please visit the website here.

About BerkleeICE
Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (ICE), an initiative within Berklee College of Music, is 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. Learn more about BerkleeICE at and its Open Music Initiative at

About Brown University's Pre-College Programs
Each spring and summer, talented high school students from around the world enroll in one of Brown University’s Pre-college Programs to experience Brown’s Ivy League academics and prepare for a successful transition to college. Brown’s innovative open curriculum, a focus on student-centered learning and a meaningful engagement in the Liberal Arts and Sciences promote students’ active engagement in their own intellectual development, allowing them to dive deeper into subjects they love or explore new areas of learning. With more than 300 courses to choose from on campus, online and abroad, in one- to seven-week sessions, the unique experience of studying at Brown challenges students to exercise their independence, expand their horizons and emerge better prepared for their transition to college. For more information about Brown's Pre-College Programs, visit

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 Brown University Pre-College Programs will host the Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program, a summer program designed to cultivate leadership skills through creativity and music.


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