Stillman College receives music grant

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)

By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -  Music rehearsals have more meaning at Stillman College
these days. Last week, the school signed an agreement with the Motown Alumni Association.
It calls for Stillman to recieve a $10-million grant over 36 months.

The news excited students. "I think it's awesome. The fact nothing
like this has ever happened before dhows the forward movement and
the belief from the older generation in the younger generation," said a student, Nakeshia Hill.

Here's what Stillman gets. They'll develop a 28-song double CD that pairs Stillman
students with writers, producers, engineers, and artists from Motown.

In exchange, Stillman will help produce an anthology of textbooks that shows
many facets of the Motown legacy. Also a part of the agreemtent is a recording contract for
select  students who succcessfully complete the music program that leads to a bachelor's
degree.

Dr. Gregory McPerson, a professional composer and current director of the
Stillman Jazz Consortium, said, "We'll have them coming here periodically to do
master classes and seminars and also engage in the recording process."

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