Education

  1. Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation Create First Music Educator Award

    April 05, 2013 8:05 AM EDT When Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow was about 7 years old, he saw an Elvis Presley performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that changed his life. “It kind of blew my mind,” Portnow recalls. “The day after, I told my mom and dad that ...

  2. David Geffen Donates $100 Million to UCLA Medical School

    December 13, 2012 11:00 AM EST David Geffen, who was recently the subject of an extended profile by PBS for its "American Masters" series , will donate $100 million to UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, to fund 33 full-ride scholarships a year to the school ...

  3. Backbeat: Music Unites Launches at LA's House of Rock With Women Music Execs, H.S. Students, BRMC, 30 Fender Strats

    September 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Women in Music: From Left: Warner Bros. Records VP of radio promotion Julie Muncy; KIIS LA assistant PD/music director Julie Pilat; WBR artist Helena; ICM music agent, Caroline Yim; What's Trending co-founder/keynote speaker Shira Lazar;, Kin ...

  4. College Radio: A Study In Success

    September 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Illustration by Michael Byers "It's not radio. It's college radio. There's nobody listening. Nobody. Maybe, like, three guys in a dorm somewhere." After a then-senior at Boston University Howard Stern crafted "the sin ...

  5. Exclusive: Berkleemusic Names Debbie Cavalier New CEO

    July 31, 2012 9:21 AM EDT Debbie Cavalier has been named the new CEO of Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston's Berklee College of Music. Cavalier fills the spot left by the departure of former Berkleemusic CEO Dave Kusek in April. "All ...

  6. Belmont University's Student Road Crew: The Tour Launches...

    June 11, 2012 5:48 PM EDT Ed. Note: For 10 music-business students of Belmont University in Nashville, the summer of 2012 will include an experience they probably never dreamed they'd be getting school credit for: Being the road crew for a touring band, handling every ...

  7. Well Dunn, Program To Support Careers in Entertainment, Launches

    June 04, 2012 1:14 PM EDT Well Dunn, a program to support young professionals in search of internships and careers in the entertainment business, has launched. The program's mission is to support the aspirations of inspired up-and-comers who want to work in entertainm ...

  8. Ben Folds, Clay Walker Lobby Congress On Arts Advocay Day

    April 17, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Spread the word about Arts Advocacy Day 2012.Follow and share the hashtags: #AAD12 and #ovationtv - Clay Walker (@ClayWalker) April 17, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Celebrities and musicians including Ben Folds and Clay Walker visited Capitol Hill Tues ...

  9. Whitney Houston Left Everything to Daughter Bobbi Kristina

    March 07, 2012 5:49 PM EST Whitney Houston left everything to her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. The pop superstar's will doesn't mention specific assets, but leaves all of her furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewelry and cars to her surviving child ...

  10. Backbeat: Grammy Camp Jazz Sessions Celebrates 20th Anniversary,

    February 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST Ron McCurdy, a professor at USC, and Grammy Camp student Ashley Levin from Augusta, Ga., prepare to listen to a recording of "Soul Fly," an original composition by McCurdy. (Photo: Justino Aguila) Paul McCartney was standing in the same ...

  11. iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations -- Is Seeking to Add 'A Lot More'

    January 23, 2012 7:32 PM EST Bob Pittman And, Er, Andy Dick Rock CES iHeartRadio Party http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  12. Apple Announces Interactive iPad Textbooks

    January 19, 2012 1:50 PM EST Apple's new textbooks for iPad initiative NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school ...

  13. Apple to Hold Media Event on Education Next Week

    January 12, 2012 6:15 AM EST Apple is scheduling a media event in New York next week, but the company isn't saying much about the topic it plans to discuss. An email invitation to news organizations on Wednesday says the announcement is related to education. The invite&# ...

  14. Exclusive: NAMM to Honor Brian Wilson For Music Education

    November 29, 2011 6:30 PM EST Brian Wilson will receive NAMM's Music for Life award for his musical achievements and support of music education. The National Association of Music Merchants president and CEO Joe Lamond will make the presentation on Jan. 18 at the Anaheim C ...

  15. Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg Announce 'Mac and Devin' Soundtrack and Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:44 PM EST To support their upcoming buddy comedy, "Mac and Devin Go To High School," Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa will release the film's official soundtrack on Dec. 13 and team up for a six-city December trek dubbed the High School tour. Khali ...

  16. Shakira Joins Obama Commission on Educational Excellence

    October 06, 2011 5:00 PM EDT President Obama has asked Colombian star Shakira to be part of his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira, who has devoted much time and effort to providing and expanding early childhood care and education, will join ...

  17. U2 To Donate $7.2 Million To Irish Music Education

    August 18, 2011 11:00 AM EDT U2 has announcd it is providing five million euros (about $7.2 million) through 2015 to help fund music schooling for Irish children, according to Bloomberg . The news comes in the wake of the government's cuttting spending on education. The ...

  18. ESPN Orders High School Makeover Show 'Rise Up' to Series

    July 25, 2011 7:22 PM EDT ESPN has ordered high school makeover show "Rise Up" to series and the network has enlisted country music star Kenny Chesney to write the theme song for the franchise. Hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and DIY televi ...

  19. RIP: Steven Kurtz Of Marquee Management

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Steven Kurtz, President of Marquee Management passed away on December 27, 2010 of metastatic kidney cancer, his family announced this week. Kurtz, who was 48, is survived by his wife Alison, two children Max and Leo, sister Susie and his parents N ...

  20. Could Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Be The Next Julliard?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The financiers who own Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch want to turn it into a teen music school similar to The Juilliard School in NYC. Colony Capital, which recently rehabbed the grounds, wants creative young adults to study all aspects of ...

  21. AMG Continues U.K. Expansion

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. venue operator Academy Music Group (AMG) will open its 14th venue, the O2 Academy Leicester Sept 23. U.K. urban star Professor Green will officially launch the 1,450-capacity venue, which is housed within the University of Leicester Students& ...

  22. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  23. Scratch Gene Simmons, Win $50,000

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rock band Kiss will be featured on a New Mexico lottery scratcher game after officials announced a licensing agreement Tuesday. New Mexico Lottery chief executive Tom Romero says the scratcher game incorporates the band members' painted f ...

  24. New U.K. Venues To Open In Midlands

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. will soon have two new venues in Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands. Birmingham's Digbeth Institute is to re-launch as the HMV Institute in September, following a major refurbishment. The main room is 1,500-capacity with a seco ...

  25. Borders U.K. To Close Dec. 22 Unless Buyer Emerges

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Borders U.K. will close its doors for the last time on Tuesday (Dec. 22), its administrator has confirmed, unless a buyer emerges. The widely expected decision was relayed to managers in a Dec. 15 conference call. Administrator MCR said it was at ...

  26. Borders U.K. Begins 'Closing Down' Sale

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Book retailer Borders U.K. has commenced "closing down" sales across its nationwide chain of 45 stores. The bookseller, which also sells CDs and DVDs, went into administration last week (Billboard.biz, Nov. 26) -- roughly equivalent to C ...

  27. Borders U.K. Cuts Head Office Staff

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST The administrators of Borders U.K. have made 36 staff at the store support office on Charing Cross Road redundant. Phil Duffy, a partner at administrators MCR, said: "Following our appointment as administrators we have undertaken a review of ...

  28. Peermusic Signs Five-Year Deal With CEMCA Records

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic has signed a five-year joint-venture digital distribution agreement with CEMCA Records, the new label associated with the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Via its digital distributor Digital Pressure, the independent publisher will ...

  29. German Biz Reworks Apprentice Scheme

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 50 years after the establishment of a music shop assistant apprenticeship system, the German Federal Association of Music Retailers (GDM) has reformed the three-year apprenticeship and given it a new name: "specialist music retailer ...

  30. Contest Calls On Students To Form Pop Band

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music, Motorola and Argentine wireless carrier Personal have launched a contest among high school students to form a new pop band. The aspiring pop stars submit photos, video and audio to www.recreopersonal.com to be judged by fans and by Son ...

  31. SESAC, Barcelona Music Sign Technology Pact

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT SESAC has signed Barcelona Music and Audio Technology (BMAT) as a technology partner to capture performances of its reportoire in programming on broadcast and cable television. The pilot program will use BMAT's Vericast, a digital pattern-rec ...

  32. 'Slumdog' Composer To Perform Free Sydney Show

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A.R. Rahman, the Oscar-winning Indian composer, will perform a free concert in Australian as a goodwill gesture to sooth tensions following a spate of local assaults and study scams targeting Indian students. Rahman, who won Academy Awards for bes ...

  33. Berklee To Hold Scholarship Auditions In Africa

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Berklee College of Music will be holding audition and interview scholarship events on June 2-3 in Nairobi, Kenya. The events, part of Berklee's Africa Scholars Program, are offering musicians throughout Africa the chance to attend the college ...

  34. 'High School Musical 4' Set For 2010 Debut

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Disney will premiere "High School Musical 4" on the Disney Channel in 2010, continuing the franchise that, according to Nielsen SoundScan, has sold 9.5 million soundtrack copies to date. While the script is still being written, a Disney ...

  35. Ruckus Shuts Down, Total Music in Question

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Without explanation or fanfare, the Ruckus digital music service targeted at university networks has gone out of business. A posting on the company's Web site simply says "unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided." ...

  36. Belmont To Host Country Showcase

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Nashville's Belmont University will host the 2009 Country Showcase on Feb. 21. The 7 p.m. show will be held in the campus' Curb Event Center. The show will include performances ...

  37. BMI, Peermusic Announce Sixth Annual Scholarship

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST BMI and peermusic announced the independent publisher's sixth annual Latin songwriting scholarship. Peermusic will award $5,000 to the composer of the best original Latin song or composition submitted to BMI by Feb. 20. The competition is ope ...

  38. Music-Royalty Fee Push Makes College Rounds

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group digital consultant Jim Griffin's push to establish a surcharge to cover the cost of pirated music is making the university rounds, according to this Wired article . The aim is to build a music-royalty fee into the tuition p ...

  39. U.K. Music Backs Lessons On Biz, Copyright

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Industry body U.K. Music has launched a free online resource to support the implementation of the new music curriculum at secondary schools throughout the U.K. Sound Rights is a free-to-access Web site that allows teachers of Key Stage 3 (KS3) stu ...

  40. CMA Endows ‘Words & Music’

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association has endowed a $1 million gift to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program. “Words & Music,” one of eight educational programs that the museum currently offers to area schools, is des ...

  41. 2008 Popkomm IMEA Finalists Announced

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based international music trade show Popkomm has announced the six finalists for its annual Innovation in Music and Entertainment Award (IMEA). All the finalists have already won a mentoring session with one of the three prize judges for si ...

  42. Scher Joins Spirit Music Group As CFO

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Scher has joined the Spirit Music Group as the CFO. Previously, Scher was senior director of corporate finance for EMI Music publishing. In her new role, Scher, who reports to Spirit president/CEO Mark Fried, will oversee all aspects of t ...

  43. 'High School Musical' Winner To Receive Disney Deal

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of the ABC summer reality series "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" will receive a recording contract for two singles with Walt Disney Records. One of those singles will be a version of the song from the artist's w ...

  44. Chili Peppers Frontman To Curate New Fest

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters has tapped Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis to curate the first New American Music Union festival, to be held Aug. 8-9 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh. Along with 15 college bands from around ...

  45. 'High School Musical' Reality Show Prize Revealed

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of ABC's summer reality show based on "High School Musical" will appear in a music video that is shown over the end credits of the theatrical release of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." The announcement of ...

  46. Lil Wayne To Star In 'Patriots'

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots" alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. The rapper will play a character named Lamont, a student from a New Orleans high school who is skeptical of the school's n ...

  47. Taiwan Wants Off USTR Watch List

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Office of the United States Trade Representative says it will consider removing Taiwan from an intellectual-property rights watch list pending an out-of-cycle review that will be completed this summer. In its 2008 "Special 301" repor ...

  48. Wyclef, The Bravery, Flo Rida Sign On For MTVU Fest

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean, the Bravery, Flo Rida, Cobra Starship, Simple Plan, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Lloyd, the Spill Canvas and All Time Low, among others, will perform as part of MTVU's 2008 Campus Invasion Music Festival. This year's Campus Invas ...

  49. RIAA Sends 13th Wave of Pre-Litigation Letters

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters to universities this week for its member labels. Another 401 letters went to administrators of 12 universities, who were asked to forward them to the individuals associated with c ...

  50. Study: Kids Less Likely To Pirate Music When Laws Are Understood

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST A recent survey found that kids are less likely to illegally download music and other content if they know the laws for downloading music and movies, according to a new study from Microsoft. The company found that 49% of kids in seventh through 10 ...

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