Metro Nashville Public Schools, CCMG Partner On New Bonus Tracks Program

Capitol Christian Music Group and Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School have launched a new partnership, Bonus Tracks, that will provide 20 students access to the inner-workings of a major label. EJ Gaines, co-executive director, Motown Gospel and vice president of marketing, Capitol Christian Music Group Nashville, and school administrators were on hand to officially announce the new course, which will expose students to opportunities waiting for them on the other side of high school. The program’s first class begins in February.

A nine-week extracurricular course, Bonus Tracks will provide students a direct connection to the music industry and will be hosted at Capitol Christian Music Group’s Nashville facility. 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.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding Bonus Tracks program into the Nashville market in partnership with our Capitol Christian Music Group team,” said Brian Nolan, senior vice president at Capitol Music Group and co-creator of Bonus Tracks. “We have seen first-hand the power that Bonus Tracks 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.”

If the Bonus Tracks pilot program is successful, MNPS and Capitol Music Group look to expand it to other Metro Schools.


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