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BUSINESS

COURSE COLLECTION

Introducing RISE Academy’s Business Course Collection, featuring courses designed to equip aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills needed for success in their respective fields. The collection covers essential aspects of the music industry, business development, and artist management. Whether you’re an aspiring musician or an entrepreneur looking to launch your own venture, these courses provide a comprehensive foundation to achieve your goals and turn your passion into a thriving career.

Do you want to start and run your own business? This is the perfect course for you. This course will do so much more than just help you to find that great business idea. You will walk away with a completed business plan, as well as the marketing and financial skills you need to turn your idea into a reality. RISE Academy will take the first few steps of business development with you so that your business is already up and running before you’ve even finished the course. The course concludes with you formally pitching your new business to a panel of entrepreneurs. Let’s turn you into a business owner!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Explore essential aspects of the music industry that influence your path as a musician. Learn about music history, record labels, publishing, copyright, revenue streams, and fan engagement. Prepare for a successful career in music production, whether in the studio or on stage.

MUSIC INDUSTRY BUSINESS

The role and responsibilities of an artist manager are central to the success and well-being of musicians and other creative professionals in the music industry. An effective artist manager serves as the backbone of an artist’s career, helping to navigate the complex landscape of the music business while allowing the artist to focus on their craft.

ARTIST MANAGEMENT

 

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Sibusiso (Breeze) Shezi

Lecturer

Breeze aka Zulu Bass King is a musician who brings years of experience in studio, on radio, and on the stage to Rise Academy.
He has had tracks played on major SA radio stations, multiple music nominations, and has performed at some of South Africa’s largest music events. He’s worked with a huge array of top artists such as Nasty C, Soweto Gospel Choir, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, just to mention a few.

He used to dance and play rugby competitively and loves to run fitness drills with our performance students to get them ready to pull off amazing stage routines.

CHAY COOK

DIGITAL

Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
marketing, and music.
She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

CHAY COOK

DIGITAL

Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
marketing, and music.
She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

JAMES VERKERK

LECTURER


James is a DJ who got his start at the age of 16. He brings his onstage energy and
enthusiasm for music to the Rise Academy classroom where he teaches students
everything they need to know about the art of DJing. He is a skilled sound engineer
with a background in recording, producing and mixing.
James also trained as a classical pianist and is an avid surfer.

CRAIG GREEN

CO-FOUNDER

With more than two decades of experience in event organising, planning and logistics, Craig knows the ins and outs of the music world. He brings an invaluable
network of industry contacts to the Rise Academy community.
In 1998, Craig began U-PARTY, an event production and management company assisting schools to raise funds through community events and socials. He holds a BComm degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a self- proclaimed lego aficionado.

SUE GREEN

CO-FOUNDER & MD

Sue brings her business acumen and passion for youth development to the academy, which she launched in 2015. She is a savvy consultant who is experienced in coordinating music events that attract young audiences.
Sue’s academic background in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) piqued her interest in business ethics — a subject she ended up teaching at UCT during the final year of her Honours degree. She also loves cats and practices Jiu-jitsu.