NEW ORLEANS–(October 14, 2013)–The Trombone Shorty Foundation, in partnership with Tulane University’s New Orleans Center For The Gulf South, announced today the establishment of The Fredman Music Business Institute at the Trombone Shorty Academy.
Made possible by a generous grant from Andrew and Kerin Fredman, the new institute will offer music business education at no charge to high school students in the New Orleans area. Classes start in January and will cover a wide range of material, including recording, production, marketing, and event organizing.
“I am so grateful to the Fredman family and Tulane University for supporting our efforts to help up-and-coming New Orleans musicians, not just as performers but as smart business minds as well,” says Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who launched his foundation in January with its flagship program, The Trombone Shorty Academy, hosted at Tulane University.
“Growing up as a musician, at times I had to learn business lessons the hard way, “Andrews says. “So the Fredman Music Business Institute will make it easier on the next generation.”
The institute will provide students with hands-on experience with the information and tools necessary to become successful in the music industry. Each student selected for the program will be given an iPad loaded with materials they will learn throughout the semester. The final class project will allow students to participate in all aspects of the production for the second annual “Shorty Fest,” a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation that takes place during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. “When the Fredman family expressed an interest in supporting our efforts to educate future New Orleans musicians, the next logical step was to pass on essential skills pertaining to the business side of making music,” says Bill Taylor, Executive Director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation.
“Combined with our existing music performance classes led by Donald Harrison, Jr., this will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to become well-rounded in all aspects of the industry.”
Andrew and Kerin Fredman have been long-time supporters of Tulane University, and, after watching a webcast of a Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performance from Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado this summer, they were so impressed that discussions ensued on how they might support the Trombone Shorty Academy at Tulane.
“We’ve been excited about Tulane’s efforts to support the local community and its culture,” says Andrew Fredman. “Providing students with strong mentorship and business acumen ensures a pathway to success. It’s our hope that they will pursue their dreams and then follow in Troy’s footsteps by giving back.”
Student interviews for the Fredman Music Business Institute at the Trombone Shorty Academy will take place in mid-December. All high school students interested in participating should email The Trombone Shorty Foundation at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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