Parallel’s JP Williams Boosts Scholarships

Parallel Entertainment CEO J.P. Williams recently donated $100,000 to scholarship funds at Belmont University, Murray State University and the University of Montana. The funds will be administered by a committee appointed by Williams, in association with IEBA and NATD.

$25,000 of the gift will go to the Ron Baird Scholarship Fund for Entertainment Management students at the University of Montana in Missoula. It will be distributed by IEBA and NATD. Baird previously headed CAA’s Nashville office and passed away last year.

$37,500 will be used to supplement the scholarship in Williams’ name at Belmont. Since founding the scholarship in 2007, IEBA has awarded money to five students in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.

A $37,500 scholarship will also be founded in Williams’ name at Murray State University in Murray, KY. NATD will distribute the funds to students in the Music Business program.

Parallel Entertainment is behind the Blue Collar Comedy enterprise.

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