75-year-old country legend George Jones, known for his distinguished, brooding voice, wants to give those who wish to enter the music business a chance to know a little about it first. George Jones University will be the first “country music university” in history geared toward helping students understand and break into the business.
According to the Mercury News, the university will kick off its academic festivities with its first three-day session in March at Jones’ Nashville home. The cost for each student to join will be $300 a session.
Music executive Tandy Rice has been declared dean at the new University and says it was modeled after Trump University, which the Donald established last year in New York. Rice will moderate every day’s sessions. She was also a Belmont University music business professor and Country Music Association president, so the girl may actually know her stuff.
When asked about the goals of the University, Rice told the Associated Press: " We want our students to have fun and depart with new knowledge they can literally take to the bank. Because of George Jones, they'll gain insight from our classes that they can't get anywhere else." As well as lectures from Jones himself, guest lecturers will include Hank Williams Jr., Ralph Emery and Tom T. Hall.
School seminars are scheduled to cover all aspects of the music industry in excruciating detail. Topics such as recording contracts, artist management and bookings, music publishing, life on the road and the politics of Music Row will be discussed. That sounds awfully boring, so good thing the history, traditions and icons of country music will also be covered.
George Jones University will even have a mascot derived from the star’s nickname: a possum. The school is a for-profit group, but thankfully partners have promised that portions of all profits will be donated to Middle Tennessee childrens' charities.
Now as fun as that all sounds, I think I’ll be sticking with plain old real college. You?