Roc Nation, LLC is an American entertainment company founded by JAY-Z in 2008. The company has offices in New York, London and Los Angeles. It includes talent agency, sports agency, record label, management, TV & film, clothing line, touring, media relations, publishing, school, philanthropy and more[clarification needed].

Roc Nation, LLC
TypePrivate
IndustryEntertainment
GenreHip hop
Founded2008; 13 years ago (2008)
FounderShawn 'JAY-Z' Carter
Headquarters
540 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Area served
953 North Sycamore Ave Los Angeles, California 90038
Key people
[1]
Services
OwnerShawn Carter (50%) Michael Rapino (50%)
ParentLive Nation Entertainment
Divisions
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

 
JAY-Z, Founder of Roc Nation

In 2008, Roc Nation was founded by JAY-Z with the intent of signing pop artists and succeeding his previous label, Roc-A-Fella Records.

In February 2009, Roc Nation signed its first artist, rapper J. Cole.

In April 2013, Roc Nation formed a new sports management division, Roc Nation Sports, a subsidiary dedicated to sports representation for professional athletes.[2] Shortly thereafter, Roc Nation Sports also launched a boxing promotion division.[3] After the Sony deal expired, in April 2013, Roc Nation signed a multi-year partnership with Universal Music.[4]

In February 2015, Roc Nation And Three Six Zero Group announced the formation of Three Six Zero Entertainment, a division Management to representing clients in Film, Television And The Literary Arts.[5]

In 2016, Roc Nation shortly supported Arliss Network, which is a service that does almost the same thing. It later released the app, www.arlissnetwork.net.

In July 2017, Roc Nation collaborated with art collective MSFTSrep.

In August 2019, Roc Nation announced a long-term partnership with the National Football League. The company will be the live music entertainment strategist for the league and will focus on enhancing the league's live game day experience, as well as augment social justice efforts through the Inspire Change initiative.[6]

In 2020, Roc Nation partnered with Long Island University in Brooklyn to begin a program called, Roc Nation School For Music, Sports & Entertainment.[7][8]

In 2021, Roc Nation teamed up with American Greetings to create custom greeting cards.[9] Roc Nation also announced plans to launch a new brand and multimedia platform named EDITION in partnership with Modern Luxury Media.[10]

RosterEdit

ManagementEdit

Former artistsEdit

PublishingEdit

ArriveEdit

Roc Nation also operates a venture capital arm called Arrive, which is headed up by Neil Sirni, the group's co-founder and president.[73] As of May 2021, the company had reportedly made 29 investments in fintech, insurtech, edtech, health & wellness, social, and gaming.[73]

Equity DistributionEdit

In 2018, Roc Nation launched an independent label named Equity Distribution. The first artist to release a project under the independent label was Jay-Z's mentor, Jaz-O.[74] In 2019, Equity also acquired the rights to Jay-Z's 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt for release on digital and streaming platforms.[75]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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