Creative Entrepreneurship Crosses Borders with the Rimon School of Music

By 
Nicole d'Avis
March 10, 2017
A presentation at Rimon School of Music on the blockchain and the evolution of music.
Left to right: Tali Yariv-Mashal (Beracha Foundation, director), Yehuda Eder (Rimon School of Music, President), Moshe Sinai (Rimon School of Music, general director), Panos A. Panay (Berklee ICE, founding managing director; Berklee, vice president for Innovation and Strategy), Izhar Schejter (Rimon School of Music, assistant managing director of Technology and Institutional Advancement).
BerkleeICE's Panos A. Panay at the Rimon School of Music.
David Mash (Berklee Executive Officer; senior vice president for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology).
In a session explaining the blockchain, Legos are used to help illustrate a concept that is often hard to describe simply.
Image by Ofek Haim
Image by Ofek Haim
Image by Ofek Haim
Image by Ofek Haim
Image by Ofek Haim

Berklee College of Music and Israel's Rimon School of Music are advancing a new collaborative platform for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In a developing partnership, Rimon's Innovation Lab and the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) established an ongoing series of international workshops, lectures, symposia, and working sessions fostering innovative, entrepreneurial thought and practice among students, musicians, technologists, educators, and social leaders throughout the 2016–2017 academic year.

Aiming to foster respective students’ entrepreneurial mindsets and career preparedness, BerkleeICE's Panos A. Panay and Izhar Schejter  of Rimon School of Music have created a cross-disciplinary platform bringing together innovators, creators, and educators, leveraging different skills, cultures, and creative perspectives in a progressive dialogue and exchange. The series is also making connections with entrepreneurs from education, exploring methodologies and practices that enhance music and the arts as catalysts for social change and community empowerment. 

Watch a clip video highlighting the collaboration between Berklee and the Rimon School of Music:

Facilitating Technological and Educationl Gateways

During the month of February, the series turned its focus to the Open Music Initiative and explored themes and technologies related to Blockchain, transparency, interoperability and the new music business. The engagement successfully exposed entrepreneurs and technologists within Israel's thriving innovation ecosystem to the changing landscape of the music industry and creative fields. Guest speakers included Sarah Meiklejohn from University College London's Department of Computer Science and Chris Speed, program director for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. As the program develops, it aims to facilitate a dynamic technological and educational gateway, enabling developing projects at Rimon's Innovation Lab in gaining access to a network of international mentors and experts while cultivating contacts with key strategic partners from the global music and creative media industries.

Future objectives for this forward thinking international partnership are to broaden the creative academic curriculum, community outreach, and engagement programs, including online offerings and recruiting high school students to attend the Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program.

The series is codeveloped and generously supported by the Beracha Foundation, Tali Yariv-Mashal, director and Izhar Schejter, Rimon's assistant managing director.