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Rhymesayers Entertainment Scholarship

Providing Opportunity. Rhymesayers Entertainment & IPR are teaming up to inspire the next generation of artists.

About Rhymesayers Entertainment

Rhymesayers Entertainment is an independent hip-hop record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Co-founded in 1995 by Sean Daley, Anthony Davis, Brent Sayers, Musab S’ad Ali, and Derek Turner, the label is composed of native Minnesotans as well as nationally recognized artists. Today, Rhymesayers is the largest hip-hop label in Minnesota and maintains its own record store called The Fifth Element, located in Uptown Minneapolis. This store is a staple of hip-hop culture and community in the Twin Cities and sells independent and commercial hiphop while specializing in local music. In 2007, Rhymesayers Entertainment signed a promotion, marketing, and distribution deal with Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group.

Years after it all started, Rhymesayers boasts one of independent hip-hop’s strongest and most respected rosters in the industry. By pushing creative musical boundaries while still maintaining rigorous touring schedules, Rhymesayers artists boast significant sales numbers and an ever-growing national and international fan base. Rhymesayers Entertainment continually strives to navigate the long yet gratifying road of independent success.

“Rhymesayers is a company rooted in hands-on training,” explains Kevin Beacham, product manager of Rhymesayers Entertainment. “The artists as well as the staff have the common attribute of building the Rhymesayers brand by pursuing and immersing ourselves in our passion for music and hip-hop culture. It is our belief that this is a primary goal shared by the students at IPR. In the changing climate of the music industry, it’s important for aspiring artists to be well rounded in their knowledge of the business in order to be prepared. We feel that IPR offers a well-balanced experience in the various aspects of the business to help create the success stories of tomorrow.”

About The Award

The Rhymesayers Entertainment Scholarship is a scholarship for two Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) students enrolled in an associate degree program at IPR. Awarded annually each fall quarter, this prestigious scholarship is granted to the applicants who best demonstrate creative aptitude, community involvement, and an awareness and support of the mission of Rhymesayers Entertainment. This scholarship awards up to 50% of the total cost for each quarter, through the completion of the recipients first program of study.  Additionally, applicants must also demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is applied to tuition, books, e-learning resource fees, lab fees and required course materials on a quarterly basis, following application and disbursement of any financial aid, to students attending full time (15 or more credits) and obtaining an Associate in Applied Science degree at the Institute of Production and Recording. This scholarship cannot create a stipend on an account.


If you wish to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be either a current IPR student in good academic standing or file an application for admission meeting IPR’s standard entrance requirements no later than July 1
  2. Complete the Rhymesayers Entertainment Scholarship application essay
  3. Complete an interview with IPR’s Scholarship Selection Committee if applicant is chosen for further review based on the application and essay submitted
  4. Demonstrate a total family income not exceeding 200 percent of the current applicable federal poverty guideline
  5. Student must not have completed the academic curriculum requirements for a first bachelor’s degree

Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and full-time enrollment to maintain eligibility.

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity

Download the Rhymesayers  Scholarship Application below. If you are not currently an IPR student, please fill out the request information form and an admissions representative will get in contact with you. 

Apply for Rhymesayers Entertainment Scholarship

Submission Information

Completed applications and essays must be submitted in person or mailed to:

The Institute of Production and Recording.  300 North 1st Avenue, Suite 500 Minneapolis, MN 55401


Rhymesayers Entertainment Scholarship applications and essays must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than July 1.


The school will review all applications and essays submitted to determine the pool of applicants who will be asked to meet with the IPR Scholarship Selection Committee to complete an interview. The committee will select up to five finalists from the interviews conducted. These five finalists will be presented to the artists and leadership from Rhymesayers Entertainment who will ultimately select the final recipient. Scholarship recipients must consent to allow IPR and/or Rhymesayers Entertainment to use their name and/or likeness in advertising or promotional materials relating to Rhymesayers Entertainment, the scholarship program, and/or its relationship with IPR. Scholarship recipients may be required to represent IPR and/or Rhymesayers Entertainment in promotional events related to the school, the scholarship program, and/or its relationship with Rhymesayers Entertainment. Finally, recipients of this prestigious award will be expected to model appropriate behavior to their fellow students and community.