Berklee Today

Alumni Grant Winners

This year's alumni grant program attracted more than 30 applications, all of which varied greatly in scope and size. The grants totaled $75,000, making this the highest amount granted thus far. Sound Art, led by Catherine Goldwyn '78 in South Central Los Angeles, was awarded $18,000 toward equipment for its program that collaborates with the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation. The program, which provides music instruction to at-risk children, has partnered with Berklee in an effort to expand the college's System 5 program. A similar program directed by Douglas Cooper Getshcal '75 in West Palm Beach, Florida, called the Write Note Foundation, received $7,500. Gilberto Cervantes of Brookline, Massachusetts, received $12,600 to support his program that acts as a feeder for several art schools in Boston. A new studio owned by Ruben Amador '04 in Puerto Rico promises to unite the local music community and will fill a major void in recording facilities in the region. The operation received $10,000 and will provide the recently renovated studio with new recording equipment.

Much further north in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Associate Professor Daniel Levitin '80 of McGill University's Psychology Department was awarded $9,000 to fund his research to identify factors that contribute to the development of absolute pitch. The Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project, led by Cecilia Smith '82 in New York, was given $5,000 to further its educational mission. Other grant winners included Hilary Ann Feldman '93 and the Acts of Kindness Cabaret, a program that donates its proceeds to charity ($2,400); Jennifer Truesdale Brogan '91 and Boston Chick Singer Night ($2,500); Bob Sinicrope '78 and the South Africa Association for Jazz Education ($2,000); Russell Jewell '99 for Brass Roots ($1,200); Ken Field '78 for Cultural Constructions ($1,000); and Jaleel Shaw '00 for Jazz Gallery Jam Session ($1,000).

"I'm pleased to see how Berklee alumni are supporting their community," says Vice President for Institutional Advancement David McKay. "It's also rewarding for Berklee to aid so many initiatives."