LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Live Nation has teamed up with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation to award $30,000 in scholarships to three students pursuing careers in the music industry.
Established in 2016, the scholarship program is one of the few such programs that is aimed at supporting students interested in the concert business, including concert promotion, venue operation, ticketing, sponsorship, e-commerce and artist management.
“Live Nation is uniquely positioned to help the next generation of music industry leaders build their foundation and follow their dreams,” said Mark Campana, Chief Operating Officer, Live Nation US Concerts. “Music Forward has helped us connect with hundreds of distinguished candidates, and I couldn’t be more proud of this philanthropic program.”
Scholarship selections were made by a panel of Live Nation executives as well as other figures from the academic, entertainment, civic and corporate sectors. Scholarship reviewers were drawn from organizations such as AG-AFTRA, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Emerson Bran Management, New Orleans Media and Arts Institute, Big Thought, Clark County School District and more.
Scholarship recipients for this year included:
Andrae Alexander, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Senior at California State University, Northridge is this year’s recipient of the Steven J. Finkel Service Excellence Scholarship, established in memory of a Live Nation employee who went above and beyond to improve the concert experience for fans, artists and staff. Andrae possesses an impressive and dedicated approach when supporting clients, making him a natural at customer service. He embodies this passion for service and also aspires to implement change in the industry by incorporating social impact programs into live music experiences.
Clara Maurer, a Senior at Berklee College of Music in Boston is the recipient of this year’s Tiffany Green Operator Scholarship, established in memory of one of Live Nation’s first female concert production specialists. Wanting to inspire fellow women to innovate and drive change within the music industry, Clara founded the Berklee Women in Action Club bringing together female musicians and artists to network, explore career paths, and challenge the status quo.
Sammie Jo Concilio, a Junior at Eugene Lang College at The New School in NYC is this year’s recipient of the Live Nation US Concerts Scholarship, established to support students interested in the core areas of Live Nation’s business: concert promotion, venue operation, sponsorship, ticketing, e-commerce and artist management. Influenced by her upbringing in the NYC music scene, Sammie Jo’s experience in concert production inspired her to found a dance club, H0L0, serving as a collaborative hub for many young pioneers of the electronic music scene in Brooklyn.