Boston, MA, February, 2014 — Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, and Berklee College of Music, the world’s leading college of contemporary music, are proud to announce the founding of the Vans Berklee Off The Wall Scholarship, a four-year award covering full tuition, room and board. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a talented musician from the U.S. The audition comes to Philadelphia February 28 through March 2.
Not only will the Vans Berklee Scholar be able to focus on pursuing his or her music education without financial concerns, but they will be immersed in Vans culture, outfitted with a Vans themed dorm room and laptop. The recipient will also have the opportunity to showcase his or her musical talents at venues and events like House of Vans and The Vans Warped Tour.
When Vans first opened its doors almost 50 years ago in Anaheim, CA, the Van Doren family always made it a point to give back to the community in which they worked. That spirit of giving continues as Vans remains committed to supporting the communities, environments, and creative platforms of action sports, youth development, art, and now, music.
“Berklee awarded its first bachelor of music degrees in 1966, the year Vans was founded. Throughout the decades, Vans and Berklee have both celebrated the freedom and individuality that comes from creative expression, making it a perfect partnership,” said President of Vans Kevin Bailey.
“Here you find two institutions with like-minded philosophies: freedom of self-expression through creativity,” said Jeffrey Dorenfeld, Berklee professor of music business/management and advisor to Heavy Rotation Records, who spearheaded the partnership with Vans. “For Vans, it can be demonstrated on a skateboard, a bike, or on stage. At Berklee, creativity is found in the classroom, on stage, in a studio, or behind a computer. Together we hope to enable students to live out their dreams.”
The scholarship recipient isn’t the only beneficiary of the partnership. Vans is committed to providing additional opportunities for Berklee students, including performances at House of Vans locations and Vans’ Open Mic Nights at Vans venues across the country. Vans Vinyl will also collaborate with Berklee’s student-run label, Heavy Rotation Records, to produce and distribute a compilation of student music.
Visit Berklee.edu/admissions for more information and the full audition schedule.