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Sweetwater to House New Music Opportunities

Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 25, 2018

By: Ben Bailey

Purdue University Fort Wayne announced its new music technology program will be located on Sweetwater Campus.

In December, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a School of Music. According to the press release, the new facility is set to open in August, before classes start for the fall semester.

The new facility, which was designed by The Russ Berger Design Group, will consist of a recording studio with adjacent teaching labs, three isolation booths, four editing suites, and a student musical collaboration center. It will also include classrooms, conference rooms, and administrative offices.

“Sweetwater’s relationship with the music department at the IU and Purdue campus has been strong for decades. This music technology facility takes that relationship to an entirely new level,” said Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack.

The university has proposed two new majors; music industry and popular music with a concentration in recording or songwriting. Currently, the school offers music performance, music education, and music therapy.

Funding for the facility came in part from the State of Indiana and the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation. Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater are providing $1.6 million, which the university will reimburse them for over an interest-free, six-year lease.