The University of Southern California has been named the first official university affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum, it was announced today. This new partnership emerged out of a longstanding relationship between the USC Thornton School of Music and the Museum.
As a university affiliate, USC will have access to GRAMMY Museum content for educational purposes, curriculum resources, research programs, internship opportunities, professional development seminars, collaborative marketing and promotions, project-based learning, and more.
"With the GRAMMY Museum's new university affiliate program, we're inviting educational institutions to engage in a unique resource-sharing opportunity," said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. "USC's designation as the first official GRAMMY Museum educational affiliate builds on a 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."
"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."
"This partnership with the GRAMMY Museum is a natural," said Chris Sampson, vice dean for contemporary music at USC Thornton School of Music. "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."
A special event to mark the new partnership will be held April 24 at Flora L. Thornton's Carolwood Courtyard at USC. The event will include a performance by students from USC Thornton. Additional GRAMMY Museum university affiliates are expected to be announced throughout 2014.