The Urban Entertainment Institute is a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, that provides in-school and after-school programs where young people train in vocal, dance, digital recording, theatrical and musical performance. Students also learn the technical aspects of the entertainment business and run the merchandising and marketing aspects of the organization under the guidance of industry professionals and advisors.
Each year, the Urban Entertainment Institute provides students with networking opportunities and exposure to accomplished musicians, artists, actors, business managers and agents. They showcase their talents in local and national performances and tours in an effort to raise funds for college scholarships and to prepare them for careers in the entertainment industry. UEI “reaches” kids – who otherwise may be dragged down by overwhelming forces that surround them. When they reach kids – the results on overall interest, energy, learning, grades, and test scores has been both dramatic, and impressive.
Urban Entertainment Institute is the first performance arts program to scale its reach through technology, using Cisco’s TelePresence. With its unique partnership with Cisco Systems, UEI can provide “Music To A World Without Borders”
Cisco TelePresence creates a live, face-to-face communication experience that empowers students and teachers to collaborate in real-time with individuals from different schools and communities. Cisco TelePresence is a high definition video conferencing solution brings learning to life for students, allowing them to interact with people all over the world as if they were there in person. TelePresence also transforms collaboration for teachers, facilitating new, immediate connections with global educational resources and subject matter experts. Combining high-definition video with real-time communication capabilities, Cisco TelePresence solutions address a variety of school needs to expand opportunities for students and faculty alike.