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The Quinn Coleman Scholarship Fund Will Support A New Generation Of Black Music Creators In College
Today, June 22, the GRAMMY Museum and Recording Academy, in celebration of Black Music Month, have announced the Quinn Coleman Scholarship, a multi-year scholarship and internship program for college students. The objective is to elevate a new generation of Black music creators through a supportive career development program.
The program is named in honor of the late music executive and DJ Quinn Coleman, who died at just 31 in August 2020. After his tragic passing, his family set up the Quinn Coleman Memorial Fund through the GRAMMY Museum, which will fund the scholarship.
The Quinn Coleman Scholarship is a financial scholarship and comprehensive internship program that aims to continue to eliminate barriers in the music industry by providing professional development opportunities to help prepare students for full-time employment.
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The GRAMMY Museum will select currently enrolled college students in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and Washington, D.C., or surrounding areas who intend to pursue careers in the music industry or other related creative fields. One intern will be chosen from each city, for a total of five interns per year, who will work with the GRAMMY Museum, Recording Academy and affiliated chapters. Each of the chosen interns will be awarded a scholarship for tuition, a book and equipment stipend, money to invest in a personal portfolio, and an interview preparation stipend, in addition to their paid summer internship.
"Quinn's creativity defied labels and expectations. In the mixing of songs shared during nights as 'DJ Spicoli'; in the creation of his genre blending festival Trillectro, which brought together musicians rarely placed together on the same lineup; and in countless other collaborations and projects, Quinn had the foresight to create connections that others didn't see coming. I am honored to have this internship and scholarship program named after my son, Quinn. Quinn had a passion for helping young Black music creators and artists, and this program will help keep his legacy alive," said Debra Lee, Former Chairman & CEO, BET Networks.
"The music industry, Quinn's family and friends and the general public came together to donate funds in memory of Quinn with the aim to impact the future of music. In collaboration with Quinn's family, the GRAMMY Museum is honored to be the custodian of those funds to provide financial resources that will help to provide a pathway of professional development and careers for the next generation of Black music creators," said Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum. "Our aim is to continue fundraising in Quinn’s honor to eventually establish an endowment to ensure that this important program and work lasts well into the future."
More details on the scholarship and internship program, including eligibility requirements, will be announced in spring 2022.