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Big Sean wants young people to know “you can still be in the music industry and not necessarily be a performer”

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RAPPER BIG Sean is on a mission to empower young people through his education initiative, Mogul Prep.

Mogul Prep, the latest initiative from The Sean Anderson Foundation, which the rapper launched in 2012 in conjunction with his mother, former middle school teacher Myra Anderson, aims to close the information gap that can hamstring kids, especially those from low-income backgrounds, when it comes to music industry jobs outside of performing.

“That’s the point that these kids need to see: You can still be in the music industry and not necessarily be a performer,” the rapper, whose real name is Sean Anderson, told Rolling Stone. “When I stand on that stage, there are at least 30 other people that have something to do with me standing there. Business managers, publishers, publicists, agents, booking agents, creative directors, lighting technicians, sound guys — all these different jobs that they don’t teach in high school.”

The foundation focuses on expanding opportunities for students in and around Anderson’s hometown of Detroit. Last year, the rapper helped put a recording studio in his former high school, Cass Technical, and donated $25,000 to Wayne State University to assist students in need of shelter, childcare or food.

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