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Monmouth is One of “Billboard’s” Top Music Business Schools for 2022

Monmouth University was named one of “Billboard” magazine’s top music business schools for 2022. Schools are chosen based on “industry recommendations, alumni information provided by honorees from [“Billboard’s”] multiple power lists, information requested from each school and nearly a decade of reporting on these programs.”

“I am delighted that the Monmouth University Music Industry Program was once again recognized for its unique offerings and proven outcomes,” said Joe Rapolla, specialist professor and chair of the Music and Theatre Arts department. “This is not only a testament to our commitment to providing a contemporary industry-aligned curriculum, but also to our industry partners and network of accomplished alumni who are always ready to participate and contribute.”

“Billboard” praises Monmouth’s role as the home of Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, as well as the “hybrid model that combines classic business coursework from the university’s business school with its music and music business curriculum.” The article also highlights Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth’s student-run record label, through which students serve as “A&R representatives, managers, producers, creative and distribution agents, artists and/or session musicians as they conceive, produce and release a new compilation album, accompanied with the production of a live showcase.”

“We didn’t let the pandemic deter us from providing our students with a rich and relevant experience,” Rapolla added. “In fact, we embraced the opportunity to incorporate activities that illustrated how they must innovate to stay aligned with an ever changing world. As such, we remained true to our mission of providing real-world experiences to students that they can apply beyond Monmouth.”

This year’s “Billboard” list prioritized the “inclusion of more affordable public colleges and universities,” and is the organization’s most geographically diverse list to date.

“These are young men and women running all aspects of on-campus record labels, crafting career-launching business plans, engaging in data analysis and benefiting from on-campus speakers who represent the highest levels of the music business, both artists and executives alike,” the “Billboard” staff writes. “Graduates of these institutions will display their diplomas proudly.”