Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs backs Miami entertainment business incubator

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Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs backs Miami entertainment business incubator

An entertainment business incubator called REC Miami is set to open at the Little River site early next year.

With the upcoming launch of REC Miami in Little River, local creative professionals will have the resources and opportunities right in their own backyards to help them pursue their entertainment business dreams.

The folks behind REC Philly, a similar entertainment incubator in Philadelphia, have secured a $2 million investment from rapper and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and are set to open a site in Miami in early 2023. was established. entrepreneur.

REC Philly founders Will Toms and Dave Silver chose to build the Miami Outpost at 285 NW 71st St. in the Little River District because of the community’s proximity to arts hubs such as the Wynwood and Design District. Decided.

At 13,000 square feet, REC Miami will be 20 percent larger than the Philadelphia flagship store, allowing members access to recording, photography, dance studios and event spaces for business use, Silver said.

Programming such as panels and fireside chats will also provide REC Miami members with networking opportunities and insights to hopefully succeed as entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry. Toms plans to hold these events at his REC Miami.

“There are a lot of people who are talented and have these talents, but what really keeps them from pursuing it is fear,” he said. When you have even the slightest confidence to do so, you lose the connection to what it takes to be successful: having access to information that helps you understand your business and going around like-minded individuals in our ecosystem. I can.”

Content producer Matthew Henry never imagined working as a self-employed music creator. However, his experience of networking through REC Philly allowed him to quit his full-time job as an accountant at investment firm Vanguard and follow his passion. Now 31, Henry’s work ranges from touring with musicians and creating video content to managing his TikTok team of nine.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Henry. “I don’t feel like I could be here today without the opportunities I’ve had from them. One day someone took me to a REC meeting. It was a creative collective, and I felt like there were a lot of people trying to help each other grow by doing cool and creative things.”

When Lynzie Riebling of REVOLT MEDIA & TV, a media company owned by Combs, joined the REC Philly panel, she was impressed with the venture’s concept and workflow. Riebling married her Toms and her Tarik Brook, president of Combs Enterprises. After Toms and Silver planned and brainstormed with members of the Combs team, the idea for REC Miami was born.

“They do a lot of things like camps that bring together the top professionals in the industry to make music, write, and be creative,” Silver said of Diddy’s team. One of the reasons for our partnership was having a central location. [in Miami] It is to gather young creators and create moving works. “

Miami residents interested in learning more about REC Miami can visit to learn more about the Virtual Town Hall Session on October 13th. Information on how creative professionals can get involved will be shared when the Little River site opens.