Bruce Swedien. Photo by David Goggin.
New York, NY (April 11, 2014)—The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation (AESEF) announces the Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund, honoring legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien, whose career in the recording industry spans more than 60 years.
The AESEF, working closely with his family, is honoring him with a scholarship funded by his colleagues, fans and friends in the business, as a way to say “thank you” for his many gifts and to help aid young recording engineers.
Since being publicly recognized in 1962 with his first Grammy nomination, for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Swedien has built a body of work across eras and genres, including recording and mixing Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the best-selling album in the history of recorded music. Aside from these credits, he is known for his work with Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, B.B. King, Jennifer Lopez, Bonnie Raitt, Edgar Winter, Barbra Streisand, Sergio Mendes and many more. Swedien has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammy Awards and won five. He has also been awarded 10 Grammy certificates and two ASCAP composer Awards and has been nominated for five TEC Awards. He is being awarded an AES fellowship award this year for his “impact in creating a sonic reference in modern popular music,” while his latest book, The Bruce Swedien Recording Method (Hal Leonard Publishing) inspires the music world.
This scholarship honors Swedien’s lifetime of work as a producer/engineer, musician, author, educator and mentor for the past six decades while complementing the mission of the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation: to support future outstanding audio engineering professionals. Scholarships will be offered annually to graduate students in the recording arts.
Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, states, “This scholarship is a beautiful way to pass on Bruce’s wisdom and encouragement to the next generation. Somewhere out there is a kid making noise in a basement, destined to receive this scholarship on his way to becoming a recording legend. This is one of the most sacred and meaningful things we get to do at AES, I’m especially grateful to Bruce’s family for working with us to put it together.”
Bruce Swedien Scholarship Fund