Berklee/Brown Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program
This two-week summer program integrates Brown University Pre-College Programs' long tradition in developing critical thinking based in history, theory, and practice with the philosophy of Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship that the creative process and the entrepreneurial journey share the same DNA.
Through lectures and workshops with creative entrepreneurs, students learn how to take an idea from prototype to presentation. Students will design a hands-on project and develop the startup mindset needed to be dynamic thinkers and makers. Over the course of the two weeks, students live on both the Brown campus in Providence, Rhode Island, and Berklee campus in Boston, Massachusetts, experiencing two college environments and the exciting artistic worlds each inhabit and help foster. Read a Q&A with program director Panos Panay and press coverage of the program.
Explore the summer program and hear first-hand from past students in this video:
2019 Program Information
|Sunday, July 7–Friday, July 19, 2019|
|Move in to Brown campus:||Sunday, July 7, 2019|
|Move from Brown to Berklee campus:||Saturday, July 13, 2019|
|Move out of Berklee campus:||Friday, July 19|
|Age range:||For students completing grades nine–12 and aged 15–18 by June 2019|
Program information subject to change.
We are looking for ambitious young innovators and entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe who are ready to be pioneers, leaders, and change-makers. If you love making art or being creative, are naturally curious and a great listener, like to question the status quo, work well with diverse groups of people (or want to learn how to do that), and enjoy combining disciplines in new ways, then this is the program for you. You must be fluent in English. You don’t have to be a performer or an artist, but you'll work closely with creators as well as entrepreneurs, faculty at both schools, and other leading experts and educators in the fields of design and creativity.
- A complete application form, including a short essay of 1,500 characters of less, responding to the following two questions: What do you hope to learn about creative entrepreneurship, communication and leadership? What concrete skills, attitudes, or knowledge will you contribute to this program? Applicants may also provide up to three links to relevant websites, products, services or other examples of entrepreneurial or leadership projects in which they’ve played a major role.
- An academic transcript that contains grades for the most recent academic term, and at least two previous academic years. Transcript submissions must include an explanation of the scoring system in English.
- A passport-style photo ID and an optional scholarship application.
- English-as-a-second-language students will also be required to submit a English Language Proficiency Assessment Form from an English language teacher and return it via email to email@example.com.
Note that in some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, teacher recommentions or an English Langauge assessments.
Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is May 14, 2019; however, the program may fill up before that deadline, so students are encouraged to apply early.
Notification of Admission Decision: Applicants will be notified of the admission decision within 10 business days after submission of a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the review committee.
Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit: Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a program deposit. More details will be provided upon acceptance.
This program is a unique partnership between a college of contemporary music and performing arts and an Ivy League university. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a joint certificate from Berklee Summer Programs and the Brown University Pre-College Programs. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to permanently shift how they see themselves, to learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur, and to carry with them a lifelong ability to solve problems, analyze issues, and collaborate with others using their inherent creativity. See an example of one of the final presentations here.
Core principles of this program include the following:
- Good listening and observation skills are central to both artists and successful innovators.
- The ability to present one's ideas in thoughtful and clear ways promotes the creative process.
- Arts ensembles are environments for learning how to collaborate.
- Improvisation acts are analogous to the nimble instincts and experimentation of successful entrepreneurs.
- The recording process is a metaphor for synthesizing disparate parts into a comprehensive plan.
- Songwriting is used as a means of introducing the iterative and cocreation process that all ideas and products undergo, from concept to launch.
The program will include a week with the Summer@Brown Pre-College Program on the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island, and a week with Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship on Berklee's Boston, Massachusetts, campus. The program will culminate on the Berklee campus, with student teams pitching their final projects to a panel of top musicians, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.
View the Creative Entrepreneurship 2017 Summer Program brochure to see the program schedule and presenters, and learn more about the curriculum. Throughout the 13 days, you and your student team will work together to design a hands-on project, using entrepreneurial strategies to devise creative solutions to community and social issues.
At Brown, you will learn the fundamentals of presentation, storytelling, and narrative through lectures and workshops with Brown faculty and staff. Site visits to creative communities and class visits by designers and artists round out the week. Outside of program time, Brown's Pre-College Programs offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities including yoga, art, sports, preparing for the college admissions process, and discussions about identity.
At Berklee, you will immerse yourself in the startup and musician mindset through daily seminars with world-renowned music professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the fields of technology, business, and art. You’ll be in recording studios and ensemble rooms, on concert stages, and in other environments that will demonstrate how the work of artists and creatives provides a model for entrepreneurs. Instruction will be enhanced by hands-on activities and visits to Boston-area innovation labs and organizations such as global design firm IDEO and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program instructors include the following:
Panos Panay, Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at Berklee, and Founder of Sonicbids
Ian Alden Russell, Curator of Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery
Nicole d’Avis, Director of Operations and Programs, BerkleeICE
Rob Jaczko, Chair of the Music Production and Engineering Department
Melissa Ferrick, Associate Professor of Songwriting
George Howard, Music Industry Entrepreneur
Aithan Shapira, Artist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lecturer
Johannes Flecker, Innovator and Founder of Sound Leadership
Michael Hendrix, IDEO Partner
Instructors subject to change.
Note: Though not required, you are permitted to bring laptops, computers, tablets, etc. Wireless internet and electrical outlet plugs are provided throughout the campus. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to keep your items safe. Berklee is not responsible for the loss of these items.