Late musician Gregg Allman will continue to touch the lives of Syracuse students looking to go into the music business

By Wendy S Loughlin

August 14, 2017
This is a photo of Michael Lehman and Gregg Allman
Michael Lehman (left) and Gregg Allman Patricia O'Driscoll

Newhouse Advisory Board member Michael Lehman, an attorney and artist manager, first started working with late musician Gregg Allman in 2004, helping to revitalize the Southern rock legend’s career. Their 13-year partnership brought regular tour dates, major concerts, four solo albums, creation of the Laid Back Festivals, the New York Times best-selling book “My Cross to Bear” and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

It also resulted in the establishment of the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University. The need-based scholarship is given annually to a student in the Bandier Program.

“When Michael told me about the Bandier Program, I knew that it was something I wanted to stand behind and support,” said Allman when the scholarship was announced in fall 2014. “Starting the Allman Brothers in the 1970s, I have seen the industry turned inside out and recognize that it takes sharp skills to navigate the media landscape in this digital, streaming and downloadable age. This new business model makes a program like the one at Syracuse University more important than ever.” Allman had met with Bandier students in 2008 in New York City.

Lehman had ties to the Bandier program through his two daughters: Carly ’12, a Newhouse School alumna who took courses in the program, and Lindsay ’15, a Bandier graduate. “I have had the chance to see, up close, just how rigorous and thorough [the program] can be,” he said when the scholarship was established. “Representing music artists, I know what it takes to not just survive but thrive in the business and the faculty in this program are at the top of their game. I want to support that.”

The Newhouse School welcomes your support of the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship. To give online, visit newhouse.syr.edu/allman. For more information or to discuss your giving options, contact Ed Gorham at (315) 443-4926 or ejgorham@syr.edu

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