Professor Jasmine Young, MBA, appointed Director of Howard University School of Business Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music & Entertainment Business


WASHINGTON- The Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music & Entertainment Business to Howard University School of Business is delighted to welcome Jasmine Young, MBA, as a director. The Blavatnik Center offers one-year scholarships to high-potential students and equips them with the knowledge and materials needed to pursue a career in the music and entertainment industry.

As a Howard alum who got her start in the music industry through an internship at Def Jam Records, Young is eager to help provide new opportunities for students at her Alma Mater.

“That coveted internship at Def Jam Records so many years ago really paved the way and laid the foundation for my career. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. It also allowed me to provide an opportunity for many creatives and leaders in our space,” Young said. “Our innovative program will prepare students for successful careers in the music and entertainment industry. The goal is to provide mentorship and training that will create the next generation of innovative entertainment executives.

The Blavatnik Center was created by Julian Petty, J.D., who is also a Howard graduate and head of business and legal affairs at Warner Music. The center was funded through a $4.9 million gift from the Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund (WMG/BFF SJF).

The center is one of several outreach projects pursued by the WMG/BFF SJF, established in June 2020 in response to the then-recent murders of black Americans that sparked social justice protests. The fund invests in organizations around the world that are building more equitable communities, using grants focused on education, criminal justice, and the arts to effect such change. The center serves to prepare Howard’s diverse student body for management careers in the music industry and provides space for curriculum development and certification.

The Fellowship Program provides fellows with coaching, a specialized curriculum, mentorship, and hands-on industry experience working with influential partner organizations. The center also offers engaging programs that all members of Howard University and the wider community can participate in, including guest lectures, business case competitions and more.

We are delighted to have Jasmine Young join us as Director of our Center for Music & Entertainment Business. She brings a wealth of experience that will be of great benefit in preparing our students with the practical knowledge needed to succeed in the music industry. The center’s sponsorship and support from Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation continue to help us develop future business leaders. Jasmine will be an integral part of our mission in this regard,” said Anthony Wilbon, Ph.D.dean of the Howard University School of Business.

Young brings nearly 30 years of management, marketing and education experience to his new position. She was hired by Def Jam Records shortly after graduating from Howard University in 1994. Her responsibilities included not only day-to-day supervision of artists such as Jay-Z, DMX, Erick Sermon and Onyxbut managing the company’s joint venture projects such as Roc-a-Fella Records and Ruff Ryder Records. She became chief marketing officer and general manager of rapper DMX’s Bloodline label.

After a successful tenure at Bloodline Records coordinating television and film projects for DMX, Young decided to pursue new ventures, including serving as Vice President of Marketing and Operations for the North Star Group (The Source Magazine) and marketing consultant for the Ascena Company. Young is a proud recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University and an MBA from Felicien University. She was previously a professor of administration at Monroe College School of Business and Accounting and Adjunct Professor in New Media for Metropolitan College of New York. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit

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