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GRAMMY and Delta State unite for affiliate partnership

By October 7, 2014Delta Music Institute, President
GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli (left) celebrates with President William N. LaForge Monday in the Delta Music Institute as Delta State University formed an official university affiliate partnership with the GRAMMY Museum.

The Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum announced Monday that Delta State University has become an official university affiliate. As a GRAMMY Museum university affiliate, Delta State 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 GRAMMY Museum’s 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. “Delta State’s designation as an official GRAMMY Museum affiliate is even more special due to the fact that the GRAMMY Museum will be opening our first-ever satellite location on Delta State’s campus next year.”

Since its opening in December 2008, the GRAMMY Museum strives to be a dynamic and innovative 21st-century museum through interactive technology, acclaimed public and education programs and one-of-a-kind exhibitions displayed at its Los Angeles headquarters and at institutional partners around the world. To further its education initiatives and mission, the GRAMMY Museum seeks to engage like-minded cultural institutions, both universities and cultural centers, in a collaborative and unique approach to arts education and outreach through its affiliate program. Additional GRAMMY Museum university affiliates are expected to be announced throughout 2014.

“What a grand opportunity for our students as well as our citizens to have access to the magnificent resources provided by the GRAMMY Museum,” said William N. LaForge, president of Delta State. “Being a university affiliate will also allow our students to participate in exchange programs with other affiliates and gain access to an enormous collection of information and materials from the music industry.”

“Our Delta Music Institute offers unique, practical and cutting edge programming that affords our students the opportunity to learn technical and academic skill sets that will help them advance their careers,” added LaForge. “The GRAMMY Museum’s affiliate program will enhance their experiences through various educational programs and internships.”

Following Monday’s announcement, attendees of Delta State’s inaugural International Conference on the Blues were treated to a performance by GRAMMY-winning blues performer Alvin Youngblood Hart.

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