Center for Entrepreneurship Hofstra Magazine

Facing the Music

A pioneering group of students launched a student-run record label this year called Mane Records as part of a new project supervised by the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Mentored by top industry professionals, students got real-world experience recording, producing, promoting and distributing music – including signing the label’s first artist – alum Rashaan Perkins, a rising rap artist who goes by the stage name izzeYe. The students spent time at Engine Room Audio, a studio in lower Manhattan where the label’s first EP was mixed.

The project, a partnership with The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Frank. G. Zarb School of Business, and the Department of Music (School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), is open to students of all majors, and some students earn academic credit. The students plan to shoot a video with izzeYe, and the EP will be released sometime this fall.