Syracuse University has announced that its Martin Bandier Program, named after the Sony/ATV Chairman & CEO, will move to the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
At the same time, the University will pursue changing the name of the program to the Martin Bandier Program for the Music Business and Entertainment Industries to reflect its focus on the business of music as it functions in all media – particularly new media.
To back these changes, Martin Bandier (’62, Syracuse University alumnus) has agreed to make another ‘significant gift’ that will support the Program over the next decade.
This gift will bankroll the Martin Bandier Program for the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Fund, which will be used at the discretion of the dean of the Newhouse School to ‘develop the course of the curriculum, attract outstanding faculty, and provide support for both in- and out-of-classroom enrichment experiences’.
“Over the years, graduates of the Bandier Program have gone on to achieve very successful careers in all sectors of the music industry and I wanted to ensure that the program will continue to groom our future innovators – students that will lead the trends and growth across all entertainment industries,” said Martin Bandier.
“The Bandier Program is honored to join the Newhouse School, where it will continue to provide curricula that will prepare students for the ever transforming and growing music and entertainment industries.”
“Over the years, graduates of the Bandier Program have gone on to achieve very successful careers in all sectors of the music industry and I wanted to ensure that the program will continue to groom our future innovators.”
The Program’s change of name will be subject to approval from the University Senate and the New York State Department of Education, as is the case with all existing degree programs.
The transition of the Program from its current home in the College of Visual and Performing Arts to the Newhouse School will ensure that non-performance students interested in pursuing a career in the business of music have expanded options through interdisciplinary studies at the university.
“Both the communications and music industry fields are changing dramatically,” said Lorraine Branham, dean of the Newhouse School.
“At Newhouse, we are constantly developing new curriculum and investing in new technologies that allow us to prepare for and respond to these rapid changes. As with the students in our other programs, Bandier students will benefit greatly from this cutting-edge approach.”
The Bandier Program was founded by Bandier in 2006 and was recently listed by Billboard magazine among top music business schools in the U.S.
As part of the Program, students study all aspects of the industry and have the opportunity to take part in internships at leading music companies in New York, Los Angeles and London. They earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in recording and allied entertainment studies.
Many of the Program’s alumni have gone on to become successful executives at record labels, music publishers, management companies, live agencies and in other sectors of the music industry.
Its graduates include Andrew “Drew” Taggart, who is one half of the Grammy-winning duo The Chainsmokers.Music Business Worldwide