The Music Industry Training Program (MITP) launched as a new initiative within the Mann’s portfolio of impactful education programs addressing the need for access to career paths within the Mann’s 19131 zip code. MITP is categorized as a Workforce Development program designed to serve young adults, ages 15-23, by offering the structure to viable career paths within the music and entertainment industry. MITP is a 3-year program with a tiered curriculum starting at access and observation and ending in applied skills and practice. Participating students will hear from and work directly with various industry experts, union stagehands, producers, school district educators, and other professionals from around Philadelphia as they develop both the hard and soft skills as guiding points to success.
Music Industry Training Program is part of a larger School District of Philadelphia initiative focused on building CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs within various schools throughout the city. As the flagship site for MITP, Overbrook High School serves as the West Philadelphia hub for this citywide Workforce Development effort.
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Lead Artistic Partner
- Live Nation Urban, Lead Program Partner
- DASH (Destined to Achieve Successful Heights), Lead Program Partner
- Youth of the Culture, Program Partner
- School District of Philadelphia, Program Partner
- Overbrook High School, Program Site Partner
Ivan Barias is a Master Instructor for the DASH program. He is one half of the production and songwriting duo Carvin & Ivan. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his songwriting and production and has been nominated three times for a GRAMMY in the R&B Song Of The Year category. His production work has received an additional 20 GRAMMY nominations, as well as several ASCAP songwriter awards. Along with his production partner, Carvin Haggins, he has produced and written music with artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Justin Timberlake, Jazmine Sullivan, Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown, Miguel, Mario, Neyo, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Ledisi, 2pac, Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Raheem Devaughn, Jaheim, Faith Evans and many others. As part of his ongoing music advocacy efforts he serves on the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter’s board and has lobbied on Capitol Hill on behalf of artist rights and copyright reform. From 2012-15, Ivan served as president of the Philadelphia chapter and now currently serves on the Academy’s National Board of Trustees and the P&E Advisory Council. In 2011 he was selected as a Creative Ambassadors for the city of Philadelphia and ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers community Basketball League La Liga del Barrio.
Kristal Oliver is a Master Instructor for the DASH program. She is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter that has been writing professionally for over 20 years. Specializing in songwriting and vocal production, she has worked with acclaimed artists such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Estelle, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Justin Timberlake to name a few. Kristal has also been featured in Billboard Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, and Playback Magazine multiple times. Always one eager to educate and inspire, she has had the honor of being a speaker for the ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo, ASCAP ‘Stilettos & Soul’ as well as numerous Philadelphia Grammy Chapter panels. Not only is she an established songwriter, but Kristal is also a master instructor with the DASH Program; a program based in multiple states across the east coast specializing in educating youth and adults on how to express themselves through songwriting, music production, dance, and more. Last but not least, Kristal has proudly served as a Governor for the Philadelphia Grammy Chapter and is a well-known face in the music scene.
Carol Riddick is a singer who has been featured with R&B artists such as Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Kindred, Norman Brown, and Jeff Bradshaw. Her unique vocal delivery was evident on the platinum-selling CD title song “Soulstar” on which she was featured with Musiq Soulchild. Prior to pursuing a solo career, Riddick was one of the background singers for Jill Scott along with Vivian Green. Now moving from the background to the forefront, Carol has made artistic strides with some of the best producers in the game such as James Poyser, Anthony Bell, and other heavy hitters which all comes through in her music.