Camerino, Italy (December 7, 2020)—Since it was founded in 2011, The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) has raised more than 30 million Euros and constructed eight schools, including the new Camerino Music Academy in Italy, replacing the former Academy’s previous building, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2016. Aiding the effort, Shure provided microphones and headphones for the new facility.
The new Camerino Music Academy was constructed in less than 150 days thanks to the funds and oversight of the ABF. The new facility will host the lessons of more than 160 enrolled students. Architect Renzo Piano, the Municipality of Camerino, the Associations of the territory, the University, the music high schools, and the Conservatory of Fermo were also involved in the project, built with modern and anti-seismic construction techniques.
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation, like other nonprofits, has experienced a significant reduction in fundraising due to COVID-19. Additional income for the project was also impacted as the result of a break in live performance concerts by Bocelli. The Camerino project and its need for donated audio equipment was brought to the attention of Shure by Andrea Taglia, sound engineer for Andrea Bocelli.
“Shure has worked with Mr. Bocelli and Mr. Taglia for years, providing invaluable feedback to our product development process,” said John Born, Senior Product Manager at Shure. “Their recognition in the industry and ability to bring a world-class audio experience to the largest performance venues are second to none. While we continue to be their first choice on tour, we are especially honored that Shure equipment was selected by their installation team on such an ambitious and complex project.”
Shure provided an assortment of audio gear including KSM studio recording microphones, Microflex gooseneck mics, SLX-D digital wireless microphone systems, and professional studio-quality SRH headphones.
“We are pleased to lend our support to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation for this important and worthy project,” added Christine Schyvinck, president and CEO at Shure. “The Camerino Music Academy aligns with the objectives of Shure’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, supporting the development of future generations of musical artists, particularly under challenging conditions. It is a privilege for Shure to be associated with Mr. Bocelli and Ms. Berti and their exceptional organization.”
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