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Shure Donates Range Of Equipment For New Music Academy In Italy

Educational facility in Camerino, Italy funded by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation is now open to students, utilizing gear provided by Shure that includes KSM microphones, SLX-D digital wireless systems and more.
One of the new spaces at the new Camerino Music Academy in Italy.

The new Camerino Music Academy, which was constructed in less than 150 days with the funding and oversight of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF), is now open to students, with Shure providing microphones and headphones for use at the educational facility.

Located in the Camerino, Italy area. ABF’s founder, the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, was present at the inauguration ceremony. The aademy project, with beneficiaries that include more than 160 music students, was built with modern and anti-seismic construction techniques and will host thematic classrooms, common areas, and an auditorium. Noted 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.

The 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,” says 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 that includes KSM studio recording microphones, Microflex gooseneck mics, SLX-D digital wireless microphone systems, and SRH headphones. The equipment assisted in the foundation’s effort to build the new academy in place of the original venue that was destroyed by a seismic earthquake that struck central Italy in 2016. 

“We’re pleased to lend our support to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation for this important and worthy project,” adds 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.”

“We are grateful that a suitable home of music (which will also become a campus for Fermo Conservatory) will be officially handed over to the community of this university town, to be an educational and artistic hub that is worthy of the noble tradition that has distinguished the cultural life of Camerino for centuries,” states Laura Biancalani, ABF President.

The new Camerino Music Academy was built also thanks to the donations raised during the 2019 “With You, For a New Beginning” SMS solidarity campaign and was able to count on a series of precious partners: The Fondazione De Agostini, Poligrafici Editoriale, the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, the Associazione Adesso Musica, the PSC Group, Subissati, The Senate of the Republic, Fabbrini Pianoforti, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, the Mike Ferry Organization, the Stewart Rahr Foundation, Stefano Ricci SpA, and the Columbus Citizens Foundation, together with Luxy, the Blackfin, Fondazione Varaldo di Pietro, Rotary Club Montecarlo-Piana di Lucca, Club Zeta3mendi, Confartigianato Cremona – Gruppo Liutai E Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria, Italy For Christ, SIAE, Shure, Lenovo, Amitie Sans Frontieres Firenze, Ermenegildo Gnutti, Targetti, Gruppo Giardini, and the Lions Club Busseto.

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