The Grammy Museum and the Recording Academy are offering a multi-year scholarship and internship program to raise a new generation of black music makers, the organizations said on Tuesday.
The museum will select students currently enrolled in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, New York and Washington, DC, or surrounding areas, who intend to pursue careers in the music industry or other fields. related creatives.
An intern will be chosen from each city and will work with the Grammy Museum, Recording Academy and affiliated chapters. Each of the five selected interns will receive a Quinn Coleman scholarship for tuition, an allowance for books and equipment, money to invest in a personal portfolio, and an interview preparation allowance, in addition to their internship. ‘been paid.
âThe music industry, Quinn’s family and friends and the general public have come together to donate funds in memory of Quinn with the goal of making an impact on the future of music,â said Michael Sticka, President of the Grammy Museum.
“In collaboration with Quinn’s family, the Grammy Museum is honored to be the custodian of these funds to provide financial resources that will help provide a path for professional and career development for the next generation of black music creators,” Sticka continued. “Our goal is to continue to fundraise in Quinn’s honor to eventually establish an endowment to ensure this important program and work continues into the future.”
Coleman was A&R Director at Capitol Records, DJ and son of former BET boss Debra Lee. He died in 2020 at the age of 31.
Quinn’s creativity defied labels and expectations. In mixing songs shared during nights like ‘DJ Spicoli’; in creating his genre-mixing festival Trillectro, which brought together musicians rarely placed together on the same programming; and in countless other collaborations and projects, Quinn has had the foresight to make connections that others didn’t see coming, âsaid Lee.
âI am honored that this internship and scholarship program is named after my son Quinn,â she continued. “Quinn was passionate about helping young black music makers and artists, and this program will help keep her legacy alive.”
More details on the scholarship and internship program, including eligibility requirements, will be announced in spring 2022.