Spotify is ready to enroll for the spring semester. The streaming content platform has expanded its NextGen program to historically Black colleges and universities across the country. Supported by the company’s Creator Equity Fund, NextGen will “infuse, activate and grow podcast culture on college campuses.”
The NextGen program currently assists students at the following schools: the University of Southern California, the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. Beginning in 2023, the NextGen program will make its HBCU debut at Spelman College.
“We look forward to collaborating with Spotify on the new NextGen programming that will be offered to help further elevate the voices and creative content of our students,” Spelman College President Helene Gayle said.
“At the core of what drives the Spelman experience is our students’ ability to combine their academic learning and practical experiences as pathways to career and entrepreneurial opportunities. Thank you to Spotify and Michelle Hite, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Spelman, who helped make this partnership possible.”
Moving forward, Spotify intends to construct an on-campus podcast recording space with professional equipment and host events featuring Spotify executives and podcast talent. Additionally, Spotify and Spelman College will help students produce original audio content and access related resources.