WITH NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM LED BY FORMER CLEAR CHANNEL EXEC
HOLLYWOOD OPENING SPARKS DOUBLING OF BRANCHES BY END OF 2006
School Of Rock All-Stars to Celebrate Expansion
with 27-City Summer Tour
PHILADELPHIA (May 24, 2006) – The PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK MUSIC, the original performance-based rock music school, has solidified its new management team and launched an aggressive national expansion that is on target to double the number of branches by the end of the year.
With Matt Ross, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK MUSIC, LLC, leading the team, the School of Rock is currently celebrating the grand opening of its Hollywood branch, to be followed by expansions into a half dozen major markets, and opening twice as many schools this year. With the School of Rock now firmly rooted in the music industry’s top two markets on the East (New York) and West Coast, Ross has set an agenda of fall 2006 openings in Chicago, Washington, Boston and Portland OR, with an additional 8-10 suburban franchises across the country expected to be ready by year’s end. This summer, the School of Rock All-Stars, comprised of the best students from across the nation, will celebrate the aggressive large-scale development plan with their most extensive tour. The 27-city U.S. tour will kick off July 28 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Ross. “To combine my love for building businesses, with my passion for music and my commitment to developing children, I feel like I have found the ‘needle in the haystack’ opportunity. Paul and his company are onto something special.”
Ross has held executive positions with Clear Channel Communications, Emmis Broadcasting, and CBS Radio, and has been widely recognized as one of the most accomplished leaders in the media business. In fact, Ross was responsible for leading some of the most significant radio industry turnarounds in the country, including New York’s Classic Rock Station Q104.
Ross holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and is a Cum Laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. He also is President and Founder of The Kids Foundation, a 501C3 organization which to date has raised over $2 million for organizations that work with children with autism and other developmental Disabilities.
“With Matt Ross on board, we suddenly feel like a real business,” says Paul Green. “And that allows me to concentrate on teaching kids to rock.”
Also joining the management team are Dr. Joseph Roberts, Chairman of the Board, and Lisa Roy, Vice President. Paul Green’s original partner in the development of expansion outside of Philadelphia, Dr. Roberts has been instrumental in developing the Paul Green School of Rock Music into a national presence. Not only does he play an active role in the growth and development of the School of Rock, he maintains a prestigious cosmetic dental practice in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Roy joins the Paul Green School of Rock to spearhead business and artist development. Based in Los Angeles, she previously has consulted for the Grammy® telecast and was Talent Producer for Music Player Network, Producer for Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Hero Concert and Contributing Editor for EQ and Pro Sound News.
And finally, there’s Paul Green. In, 1998, the University of Pennsylvania graduate in philosophy founded the PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK MUSIC. Green single-handedly grew the School of Rock’s reputation immensely over the next half decade, not only drawing significant media attention from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but also seeing his creation become the apparent inspiration for the Jack Black full-length hit comedy, School of Rock, as well as the subject of the acclaimed A&E documentary film, ROCK SCHOOL. To date, Green’s students have played over 350 concerts to more than 100,000 people at legendary venues around the world. The primary goal is to foster a new generation of incredible musicians by exposing the students to classic rock amid a stimulating, interactive school environment.
For more information, please visit www.SchoolofRock.com.