usics in the Air The School of Music and the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business receive major gifts
Music is always in the air at Belmont University, where the shady quad in the center of campus is as littered with guitar cases and sheet music as it is with Frisbees and books. Nearly half the students at Belmont aspire to be a professional musician or to work in the music industry. This spring, those students’ dreams received a new surge of energy thanks to generous benefactors. The semester kicked off with news that Belmont’s innovative songwriting major had won scholarship support from both the ASCAP Foundation, the charitable arm of the music publishing powerhouse, and Lee and Ageleke Zapis, a couple that has long supported musicians and music educators. A few weeks later, a $25,000 check was presented to Belmont at the annual “Best of the Best” showcase by the alumni, family and friends of Bob Mulloy, the former faculty member who is credited as being the vision and drive behind the university’s renowned music business program.
n Pianist Kory Caudill and other student musicians lit up the stage during
The largest music-related gift announcement this semester also occurred, appropriately, during an evening concert, this time showcasing the College of Visual and Performing Arts during the annual President’s Concert. There, Belmont
President Bob Fisher presented the 2008 Applause Award to Steinway & Sons and announced Belmont’s intent to become an “All-Steinway School” with the purchase of approximately 70 additional Steinway pianos. The purchase was made possible by a gift of more than $2 million from the Merrydale Woods estate, a bequest which will also provide endowed scholarships for future piano students. Belmont is one of only 88 schools world-wide to have the distinction of being an All-Steinway School. Of course, the event which likely attracted the most local attention this semester was February’s sold-out “Belmont University Presents Nashville Celebrates Elvis” concert, which benefitted the Cecil Scaife Scholarship Endowment for the Music Business program. A host of artists—including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Wanda Jackson, B.J. Thomas, Pat Boone and Wynonna, among others—took the historic Ryman stage alongside friends and bandmates of Elvis Presley. Speaking of musical talent, the “2008 CMT Music Awards” were broadcast live for the third straight year from Belmont’s Curb Event Center this spring. Hosted by Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, the “2008 CMT Music Awards” kicked off with a special “red-carpet” broadcast of the various artists arriving at the venue on Belmont Boulevard. Fans lined the streets and the steps leading to the Maddox Grand Atrium to get a first-hand glimpse of their favorite performers, including Belmont alumni Josh Turner and award winner Brad Paisley, who also performed live on the show with the legendary Hank Williams, Jr. n
the annual President’s Concert and Applause Award presentation to Steinway; (center) senior Mary Maples made her second appearance in the Commercial Music Showcase.
Published on Sep 7, 2011