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Loyola University New Orleans College of Music Announces Conrad N. Hilton Eminent scholar in music industry studies

Loyola press release - April 19, 1999

(New Orleans)ŚNew developments in Loyola University New Orleans' Music Industry Studies program will be announced by Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., university president, Dyanne Hayes, assistant vice president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Mayor Marc Morial at a joint news conference on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in Dixon Court located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Dr. Scott Fredrickson has been appointed as the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies. Fredrickson comes to Loyola from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he currently directs a music industry curriculum within the music department. Fredrickson brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new position. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in music education from Cal-State University Fullerton, a master of business administration from Pepperdine University, and a doctor of arts degree in music business administration/jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. As a composer, arranger, director and performer, he has produced many musical pieces, as well as having published several articles and books. Frederickson is currently the president of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association.

The Hilton Foundation's $1 million grant was the lead gift in the endowment of an educational venture designed to enhance both Loyola's position as the educational arm of the New Orleans music industry as well as to promote future economic development in the city of New Orleans. "The evolution of the program correlates with the expansion of the local music industry by addressing the city's need for business and legal professionals with expertise in promotions, marketing, and the legalities of copyright and contract negotiations specifically pertaining to the music industry. Our students will enter the music industry as well-trained professionals who will contribute greatly to our city's rich heritage," explains Fr. Knoth.

Loyola's Music Industry Studies program is helping to create the infrastructure needed to attract artists and to grow the entertainment industry in New Orleans. It's a good beginning in terms of providing the necessary skills for working in the music industry and to bring attention to our great economic resources," says Mayor Morial.

"Our long-term goal is that New Orleans be recognized as one of the leading centers of the music industry in the United States," adds Knoth.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music, founded in 1932, gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses in the only college of music conducted by the Jesuit fathers in the United States. The college's reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu.