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Live Nation And Music Forward Foundation Announce Recipients Of 2022 Scholarship Awards For College Students Pursuing Music Industry Careers


Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, in partnership with the nonprofit Music Forward Foundation, today announced the recipients of its 2022 scholarship awards. Five outstanding college students pursuing music industry careers have been awarded a total of $40,000 in scholarships.

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This year’s diverse group of gifted scholarship recipients were selected based on academic performance, leadership skills, and a passionate commitment to the entertainment industry. Recipients of this year’s awards include Liana Stern, a student at University of Miami, who is a Public Relations major with a minor in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, with dreams to bring communities together through live music; Nancy Rico-Mineros, a Music Technology major and Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology minor at New York University, with hopes of becoming an audio engineer; Heather Howard, a Recording Industry, Music Business major and Business Administration minor at Middle Tennessee State University, who is a driven and passionate emerging music industry professional; Colin Clark-Bracewell, a Marketing and Vocal Performance major at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, an emerging singer-songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist; and Maia Pivec a Music Industry major at Minnesota State University Mankato, who brings worlds to life through music.

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“Live Nation continues to be committed to supporting the next generation of live through our unique scholarship program,” said Jacqueline Beato, Chief Operating Officer, US Concerts, Live Nation. “We are dedicated to breaking barriers of entry to the industry and empowering the future of music and live entertainment.”  

Heather Howard, a 21-year-old rising senior at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Recording Industry Music Business with a minor in Business Administration, is this year’s recipient of the $10,000 Steven J. Finkel Service Excellence Scholarship. Live Nationestablished this scholarship to award students who are passionate about improving the live music experience for fans and artists.

Howard, is a Dean’s Scholar who has interned with Collective Artist Management, volunteered at Warner Music Nashville, and was a campus ambassador for GrammyU. Her primary career goal is to be able to foster positive change within the industry for generations of professionals, artists, and fans to come.

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“By receiving this scholarship, I am able to pay for my senior year in full and my family does not have to carry the burden of trying to figure out how to support me through my final two semesters of my undergraduate degree,” said Howard, “This means the world to me as I have spent the last 3 years studying hard, working hard, and putting my best foot forward so that I could thrive and be successful in my educational career. This scholarship allows me to focus on my education and leave the worries behind.”

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