Grammy Museum partners with USC

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University of Southern California

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – USC was named the Grammy Museum’s first university affiliate today.

As an affiliate, USC students and staff will have access to museum in downtown Los Angeles for educational purposes, curriculum resources, research, internship opportunities, professional development seminars, collaborative marketing and promotions, project-based learning and more, officials said.

“We’re inviting educational institutions to engage in a unique resource- sharing opportunity,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the museum. “USC’s designation as the first official Grammy Museum educational affiliate builds on an wonderful existing partnership and, as a proud USC alumnus, I couldn’t be more excited to continue to build a strong relationship with our neighbors in the USC community.”

The Grammy museum at L.A. Live complex has had a long relationship with the USC Thornton School of Music, Santelli said.

“USC Thornton and the Grammy Museum have been working together for some time now, and it is great to formalize our partnership with the new affiliate program,” said Robert Cutietta, dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. “We look forward to seeing this relationship grow in the future.”

A reception to mark the new partnership is set for noon April 24 at the music school’s Flora L. Thornton Courtyard. USC students from the Thornton School will perform.

“This partnership is a natural,” said Chris Sampson, vice dean for contemporary music at USC Thornton. “Being located just up the street from us, their resources and programs will significantly deepen the experience of our students who are studying music and the business of music.”

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