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Sweetwater to House Purdue Music Technology Program

Most of Purdue University Fort Wayne’s music technology program will be housed on the Sweetwater campus.

Fort Wayne, IN (February 21, 2018)—Sweetwater has teamed with Purdue University Fort Wayne to house most of the university’s music technology program on the Sweetwater campus. As part of the endeavor, an existing 8,000-square-foot building will be converted into studios and classrooms by August, making the new facility available for the fall semester.

The facility will accommodate two proposed new majors—a B.S. in Music Industry, and a B.S. in Popular Music, which will offer concentrations in Recording or Songwriting. Designed by The Russ Berger Design Group, the new construction will include a recording studio with an adjacent teaching lab, three isolation booths, four editing suites, a student musical collaboration center, an equipment library, classrooms, conference rooms, and administrative offices.

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Sweetwater and its founders, Chuck and Lisa Surack, will provide $1.6 million for the build-out of the facility, to be reimbursed by Purdue over a six-year period. Additionally, Sweetwater is gifting $1.465 million towards the project by not charging interest or rent for the building. The State of Indiana and the English Bonner Mitchell foundation have each provided $1 million to the Purdue music program, some of which will be used for gear and infrastructure for the Sweetwater campus project. Students and faculty will have access to corporate amenities at the Sweetwater campus as well.

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Chancellor Ronald Elsenbaumer said, “This music technology facility is a major new collaboration between Purdue Fort Wayne and the local business community. We’re extremely grateful to Chuck Surack and Lisa for working with us in what I hope will be the first of many partnerships we hope to build over the coming years.”

Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack remarked, “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. It will not only provide a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art learning facility, but will allow for more collaboration and integration between students and the professional work of Sweetwater’s talented and dedicated music professionals, as well as access through internships to our three professional recording studios and Performance Theatre. We also look forward to having Purdue students here to explore and enjoy the many unique features of our campus.”

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