Martin Bandier ’62 to establish marquee scholarship program for students pursuing careers in the music industry

Legendary music publishing executive and Life Trustee Martin Bandier ’62 has made a substantial gift to establish the most prestigious scholarship program available to students aspiring to careers in the music industry.

Martin Bandier speaking at the Newhouse School
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The gift, the latest in support of Forever Orange: The Campaign for Syracuse University’s $1.5 billion goal, will support the creation of The Martin Bandier Scholarship. The scholarship will provide critical financial support for students from underrepresented populations who are enrolled in the Bandier Program in Recording and Entertainment Industries in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Bandier founded the program in 2006.

“Martin Bandier’s generosity will ensure students have access to the preeminent music industry program in the nation,” says Newhouse dean Mark J. Lodato. “His commitment to removing barriers to higher education is exactly what we need in this challenging time.”

The Martin Bandier Scholarship will make it possible for diverse students with financial need to pursue careers in music business through a Newhouse education. The Bandier Program combines the study of the business of music, media, marketing and entrepreneurship with hands-on experiences that prepare students for successful careers in the music industry. It is consistently ranked by Billboard magazine as one of the top programs of its kind in the country.

Bandier’s gift will provide a half-tuition scholarship to an outstanding first-year student; the program will support five scholars over the first five years. At the same time, Bandier has established an endowed fund that will support the Bandier Scholarship program in perpetuity. The scholarship will be awarded to one student annually and follow that student over the course of his or her four years in the program. The Bandier Scholarship will be among the largest single scholarship grant offered by Syracuse University.

“The Bandier Program has long been committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment,” says Bill Werde, director of the program. “This generous gift will be an enormous boost to our recruiting and retention efforts and will continue to ensure that the absolute best and brightest minds have an opportunity to study in the program and ultimately enter the music business.”

Over the years, graduates of the Bandier Program have successfully pursued business and entrepreneurial careers and built a strong alumni network to support the aspirations of current and future students.

Bandier has remained involved with the program since its founding and takes a personal interest in the success of the students. Every year, he meets one-on-one with each member of the graduating class to discuss career goals and find ways to help them as they seek their first positions in the business.

Bandier is chairman and CEO of Bandier Ventures. Prior to this, he was the chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Widely considered one of the most influential music publishers in history, Bandier built every publishing company he ran—including The Entertainment Company, SBK, EMI and Sony/ATV—into a powerhouse. Throughout his career, Bandier fought tirelessly on behalf of songwriters to ensure that they are fairly compensated for their work both by streaming companies and other music services. With his thought leadership the industry made great progress, including when the President signed the Music Modernization Act into law in 2018. Bandier has received numerous awards including the BMI Icon Award in 2019, the Lifetime Service Award from the National Publishers’ Association in 2017 and two honors from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1990 and 2019).

Rezak Music Business Lecture Series

One keystone of the Bandier Program in Recording and Entertainment Industries is the David M. Rezak Music Business Lecture Series.

Every week of each semester, top industry leaders guest lecture at Syracuse, to dialogue with Bandier students about trends, challenges, opportunities and career paths. We also require, and help you to acquire, a minimum of three internships—many students will do more. And while a great career path can be forged without doing so, we encourage students to immerse themselves in the music business and new life experiences in Los Angeles, London and elsewhere through our Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester and Syracuse University Abroad programs.

Careers

With its established reputation in the music and entertainment industries, the Bandier Program maintains close ties with industry executives and leaders across all areas where music and the media intersect.

In particular, Bandier has a strong alumni network that works with the program and current students on mentoring, as well as providing assistance with internship and job placements.

Here are what some of the Bandier Program’s graduates are doing now:

Lucas Sacks ’12

Senior Talent Buyer
Brooklyn Bowl

Andrew Beyda ’11

Director, Business & Legal Affairs
Sony Music Latin

Sara Gil ’14

Senior Director, Label Management
RECORDS

Julia Galvin ’15

Senior Marketing Manager
The Syndicate

Faculty

The Bandier Program faculty have a wide range of experience across the audio production, music and entertainment industries, and bring their wealth of expertise and professional knowledge into the classroom every day.

Bachelor’s

The Bandier Program in Recording and Entertainment Industries combines the study of the business of music, media, marketing and entrepreneurship with hands-on experiences to prepare students for successful careers in the music industry.

Curriculum

Hands-on, future-focused curriculum.

The Bandier Program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to its curriculum, combining the best courses in business from the Whitman School of Management with arts classes through Visual and Performing Arts, alongside the Newhouse communications courses that will give you a set of skills catered to the music industry job market.

Some courses you’ll take as part of your Bandier degree:

BAN 201

David M. Rezak Music Business Lecture Series

This lecture series features music business leaders and will focus on business trends, day-to-day demands, negotiations and the nuances of recent/current successful projects.

BAN 201

Music Business, Technology & Emerging Opportunities

This course explores the opportunity that technology creates for creative, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial students in the rapidly changing music and entertainment industries.

TRF 454

Music Recording

This course explores the opportunity that technology creates for creative, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial students in the rapidly changing music and entertainment industries.

Bandier Program

Our tight-knit program gives you the community of a small college with the resources of a large university, all while connecting you with the biggest names in the music industry.

The Bandier Program in Recording and Entertainment Industries combines the study of the business of music, media, marketing and entrepreneurship with hands-on experiences to prepare students for successful careers in the music industry.

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Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele

Managing Director, Bandier Program
llsteele@syr.edu
(315) 443-1388
226 Smith Hall