The Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program (MEBUS) at Kennesaw State University helps students find fulfilling careers in the state, national, and global entertainment industry. Renowned entertainment lawyer, Joel Katz, who has been recognized as a leading entertainment attorney in Billboard Magazine’s 2020 Power 100 List of most powerful executives in the music business, founded MEBUS with a mission “to educate students to become professionals in an environment that motivates and enriches their intellectual curiosity to the level where they see themselves making music and entertainment their full lifetime career.”
Launched in 2010 within the Michael J. Coles College of Business, the 24-credit MEBUS certificate program teaches students to thrive in the fast-paced world of film, television, and audio production, as well as artist, venue, and live event management. With courses taught by entertainment industry executives, professional actors, and Grammy Award-winning recording artists, students exit the program prepared to work in entertainment industry jobs. Additionally, MEBUS has been included in Billboard Magazine’s Top Music Business School for three years in a row.
“It’s absolutely amazing for such a young program to be named alongside those institutions,” said Keith Perissi, Director of the Joel A. Katz MEBUS program. “I’m extremely honored and proud of the opportunities this will create and the doors this will open for our students in terms of getting hired.”
Furthermore, the Joel A. Katz MEBUS Program is a Grammy Museum Affiliate, and Keith Perissi has been a long time Grammy Voting Member. Perissi was also appointed to the Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Office Advisory Board for Governor Brian Kemp in 2019.
Over the past year, Brownieland‘s Robyn Ellis Kranz has had the pleasure of teaching Film & TV Production for MEBUS and shares her experience being a part of this remarkable program:
Over a year ago, I was approached by my friend, the talented Danny Howes, at the Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program at KSU (MEBUS) about teaching some video production classes. Teaching has been a dream of mine for many years, and the opportunity to work with highly-engaged college students sounded amazing. The caliber of the students has been beyond anything I could ever have imagined. We’ve become familiar with some of the students from the KSU program through our internship program at Brownieland Pictures and have been working with our previous KSU intern, Alex Mackey, for over five years now.
The Joel A. Katz MEBUS program truly prides itself on teaching real-world skills, and having working professionals as professors helps keep that promise to the students. This semester we are filming at Studio Space Atlanta, meeting gaffers and art department professionals who are currently in the business and filming on location, creating opportunities and experiences for the students to see how things truly work.
“The real world” is many times very different from the one you imagine as a college student. Our job at MEBUS is to prepare our students for the real world by immersing them in it now. Working in film and television is unpredictable; you need a lot of preparation, patience, and a sense of humor. And that’s what we teach our students. It’s not theory; it’s what people who work in the industry day in and day out do for a living. I think by students having these experiences on-set, they can be informed about their direction, maybe open some doors, and be ready for what comes next.
Learn more about the Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program (MEBUS) at Kennesaw State University HERE.