A dinner and concert, quite unusual for Swedish conditions, will be given on March 3 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The host is KMH, and around 150 prominent friends of music and higher education will participate as guests and concert audience. The visitors have contributed with donations to the KMH Music Fund, which supports KMH and finance the event. They also come to learn more about the KMH new campus and the college's future as an international meeting place for education and research in music.
– The dinner is part of fundraising activities that we are still quite unaccustomed to in Sweden, says KMH Vice-Chancellor Cecilia Rydinger Alin.
She will represent the KMH at the event together with, among others, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor Staffan Scheja (who also will appear as pianist), composer Benny Andersson, composer and musician Lena Willmark and several other prominent artists related to KMH, including several current students. Honorary members of the newly formed KMH Music Fund is Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, Stefan Persson and Peter Wallenberg Jr.
– KMH state appropriations cover the basic university education and research, continues Cecilia Rydinger Alin. But in addition to this there is an extensive programme for additional external financing. In this way, KMH will ensure a new campus where the acoustic and technical conditions, but also the aesthetic, will be absolutely world class.
– The main importance of an event like this is still not economic, underlines Cecilia Rydinger Alin.
The music industry and higher education have both long been global activities. Institutions for higher education such as KMH have everything to gain by further intensifying its already extensive international cooperation. This work includes meetings and discussions with a number of leading music schools in New York, and thes will be carried out in direct connection to the event. They include the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, The New School / Mannesmann and NYU's School of Music.
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