Motown Record Corporation founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., in Detroit, Michigan, in January 1959 became one of the most successful Black-owned businesses and one of the most influential independent record companies in American history. The Get Ready Entrepreneurial Bootcamp virtual workshop is designed to stimulate young artist entrepreneurs by introducing them to the successful business practices that trailblazers like Berry Gordy, Jr. modeled. This workshop will kickstart their entrepreneurial journey through opportunities to network and learn from peers, engage in breakout room sessions designed to model life in a start-up, and spend time learning from a master entrepreneur.
10:30 AM Introduction
10:45 AM Session Topic: Exploring Your Idea & Leveraging Opportunities
11:15 AM Breakout Room
11:45 AM Session Topic: Finding Resources and Establishing Relationships
12:00 PM Breakout Room
12:30 PM Featuring special guest, Tina Farris
1:00 PM Q&A with Tina Farris
2:00 PM Conclusion
Open to DPSCD youth enrolled in DSA Pathways Initiative
- Access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam
- Speakers or headphones
- An external or internal microphone
- Broadband internet connection
Registration Deadline: May 7, 2021
- Space is limited.
- Complete the online registration form and include a most recent school report card.
Our Keynote Speaker this year is legendary tour manager, and granddaughter of Motown Producer Harvey Fuqua – Tina Farris.
Our special guest this year is legendary tour manager, and granddaughter of Motown Producer Harvey Fuqua – Tina Farris.
Since being invited to join the touring family of the Legendary Roots Crew back in 1999, Tina hasn’t looked back, amassing a client list that has included some of music’s hottest acts including Chris Rock, Lil Wayne, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Nicki Minaj, Solange, Ella Mai and Anderson Paak just to name a few. A quick look at some of the most successful tours in the past six years would reveal that Farris was at the helm of many of them. The force that is Tina Farris managed the highest grossing tour in the history of Hip Hop, Lil’ Wayne’s AMERICA’S MOST WANTED TOUR. The following year, she hit the road with The Black Eyed Peas, guiding the group through 15 countries, 76 cities and 99 sold out shows before 1.3 million attendees, grossing more than $86 million dollars along the way. She rejoined Lil’ Wayne when he and Nicki Minaj headed out on the I AM STILL MUSIC TOUR – then broke from Wayne to build Nicki Minaj’s solo touring career. Following this success, she used her masterful skills to guide the elusive D’Angelo during his critically-acclaimed comeback run in Europe and the United States. In 2018 she led the Chris Rock Total Black Out tour selling 500,000 tickets worldwide. She is also a producer of Queensfest, ESPN Live Nation Women’s, Global Citizen South Africa, and The Roots’ annual GRAMMY Jam (which has amassed a cult-following.) This is a night of who’s who clamoring for a single show ticket and has been heralded as the must-attend event during Grammy week! From Steve Lacy to Solange…Tina leaves no talent untouched. There is none other like Farris. Dave Chappelle’s “Artist Whisperer” is a tour de force and was recently, rightly chosen…as one of Pollstar’s Top Tour Managers of 2019. “I build performances. That’s what I do.”
What’s next? Tina has pivoted into a full-time producer since the onset of Covid-19. Producing for Movement for Black Lives, Blackstar Film Festival, The Roots properties – Blackstream Live! The Roots Picnic, The Road to Roots Picnic, and creative director of Planet Afropunk. She has also recently been excepted to USC’s Peter Stark producing MFA program.
I am not a DSA Pathways Program student, am I able to participate?
The Get Ready Entrepreneurial Bootcamp is only open to students enrolled in DSA Pathways Initiative. We encourage you to visit our website for more information to engage in our other entrepreneurship opportunities such as our Entrepreneurial Legacy Forum’s and the Pop Shop.
What technology is needed for me to attend?
For the best experience, we recommend access to a computer, smartphone or tablet with a webcam, speakers or headphones, an external or internal microphone and broadband internet connection or cellular data.
What is the cost to participate?
This online program is available at no cost to participate thanks to the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.