JACKSONVILLE, FL.  (EWU)- Edward Waters University (EWU) has teamed with M & S Management, in partnership with The Propel Center.

This partnership comes after The Propel Center selected Edward Waters University in December 2021 as one of the Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) to receive a $3 million impact grant collectively focused on Arts & Entertainment. 

In February 2022, Dr. Charles Gibbs, President of The Propel Center, representatives from Apple, Inc. and EWU students presented a check in the amount of $300,000 to EWU President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. in support of academic programming, research, and learning opportunities particularly in the areas of the arts and entertainment industries.

(Check presentation from February 2022 with Dr. Charles Gibbs, President of The Propel Center, Steve Higgs, CEO, M & S Management,President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr., Edward Waters University, & representatives from Apple, Inc. and EWU students).

 Steve Higgs, CEO of M & S Management, along with Educational Specialist Lisa Sykes, M.Ed., helped facilitate a music video shot on the campus of Florida’s ‘Destination Institution’ of Emerging Eminence, by Hip-Hop artist K.O. Mason entitled “Street Poetry”, featuring the Edward Waters University “Triple Threat” marching band in March 2022.

(Steve Higgs, CEO, M & S Management)

 Higgs said the video was an introduction for Edward Waters University to Propel and M & S Management. He added the video will be released soon and will be available online and various networks, such as BET and MTV.

M & S Management will also be working with EWU students to help build and create future executives in the art & entertainment world. “We are curating a two-week Executive Seminar in Atlanta, coming in June, where EWU students and three other HBCU’s will enter into a creative space the entire seminar,” said Educational Specialist Lisa Sykes, M.Ed.

The seminar will include executives from the entertainment industry, artists, videographers, and more.  Students also have the opportunity to earn a micro-certificate in either LogicPro or FinalCutPro and create music and videos with other students serving as the executives on those projects.


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About M & S Management
Established 2019, M&S Management is a Full-Service Artist management company that has quickly risen to become one to watch. The firm employs a diverse selection of music and entertainment industry professionals who specialize in the career management of recording Artist, Songwriters, Instrumentalist and Music Producers. Our services include detailed management of artist affairs including day-to-day management, scheduling, talent booking, tour management, merchandising, assistance with licensing and publishing deals and more. Our educated and experienced staff is also available to offer assistance with branding and endorsements, development marketing strategies, plan implementation, and more services of the creation and production spectrum. Based in Los Angeles, California, the film handles operations, both in the United States and Internationally. 

About The Propel Center
Imagined in January 2021 by founding partners Apple and Southern Company, the Propel Center is a first-of-its-kind innovation and learning hub for the entire HBCU community that leverages technology to advance education equity and transform the nation’s talent pipeline and workforce. Through a robust virtual learning platform, on-campus activations at partner institutions, and a physical campus to be located in Georgia’s Atlanta University Center, Propel represents education now, designed for the future. The state-of-the-art edifice, featuring floating classrooms, ideation labs and common areas promoting interactive collaboration is slated for completion in the spring of 2023. To learn more, visit propelcenter.org. 

About Edward Waters University: Emerging Eminence
Edward Waters University is distinctively the state of Florida’s first independent institution of higher learning as well as Florida’s first institution established for the education of African Americans. With a distinguished higher education lineage spanning over 150 years, EWU is primed to continue its Emerging Eminence as a premier urban, private, Christian, historically black, liberal arts university offering high quality degrees and preparing students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating academic programs of study. The University offers a close-knit, collegial, intellectual community that draws students and scholars from around the world. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu