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New Ben Sidran Scholarship

Musictech President Jack McNally (pictured, left) announced the newly established Ben Sidran scholarship, awarded annually to a Musictech student who embodies Sidran’s creativity, passion and dedication in music. Best known for blowing college-age minds by cowriting the Steve Miller Band’s mega-hit “Space Cowboy” and for his career as a jazz performer and journalist, Sidran (pictured, right) delivered the commencement address in St. Paul, Minn., to Musictech College’s summer graduation class on August 11.

The Douglas W. Smith Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that supports music education in the Twin Cities, is funding the scholarship, which will give a second-semester Musictech student $1,000 to help fund their ongoing studies.

“This scholarship carries much more than monetary value,” McNally said in a statement. “It recognizes a student’s dedication to a life in the arts and their desire to take that life to its fullest potential.” $1,000 must go a long way in the Star of the North state.

“The music business is a great business to be in,” Sidran told Musictech graduates. “It’s a tough business, but it’s a business with endless opportunity. Be tenacious, find your voice and take advantage of all the opportunities.”

Musictech College was founded in 1985, and it provides an alternative to the traditional classical-music-based curriculum offered by the majority of colleges and universities. An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the college offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Music Performance, Production, Recording Technology, Music Business and Motion Imaging. Musictech College is also home to one of the most advanced recording and production programs in the country and it has a school for professional musicians and future bigwigs in the music business. The college’s 70-member faculty is comprised of music industry professionals and the school has about 400 students.

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