Baltimore School of Music Director James Lowe was among the 59 business owners who graduated August 2, 2017 from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Baltimore.
Lowe was among the first graduating class of Baltimore business owners who completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The graduates participated in more than 100 hours of in-class training held at Johns Hopkins University. They followed a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College which covered topics including accounting, human resources, negotiation and marketing.
"Being a part of this distinguished program has afforded me the opportunity to
learn new ways to grow BSM," Lowe said. "It has also connected me to a network of other small business owners which is invaluable."
"People often overlook the economic impact of the arts," Lowe said. "We often hear how the arts are dying because of technology and cultural changes, but that simply isn't true - it's evolving and we need to evolve with it. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has given me the tools to prove just how much of a powerhouse arts entrepreneurship can be."
Lowe, a classical guitarist by training, earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master of Music from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced at the graduation ceremony a $10 million investment to bring the small business program to Baltimore. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, former New York City Mayor, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies Michael Bloomberg and billionaire Warren Buffett were at the graduation ceremony at Center Stage in Baltimore for the announcement.