Monday, March 17, 2003

Cammys raise $15K for scholarships

By Larry Nager
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Michael W. Bany Memorial Scholarship Fund will receive $15,278.50 from the 2003 Enquirer Pop Music Awards (the Cammys), held March 9 at Jillian's.

"We're very pleased and we intend to continue to distribute this money to have an impact in our community," said Dave Matre, treasurer for the Bany Scholarship Fund's board of directors.

The fund was begun in 1996 by Bany's family and friends a few months after the murder of the popular local musician in a robbery in Over-the-Rhine. With this year's Cammy revenues, the fund totals about $140,000, raised primarily through ticket sales for the local music awards. The entire ticket price goes to the fund.

The foundation's mission is supporting music education through scholarships and grants.

Since 1996, the fund has awarded nine scholarships to area high school students, totaling more than $25,000. The scholarships follow each student throughout college.

Two of the Bany scholarship recipients have graduated - Suzanne Buerkle has earned a master's degree from Indiana University and is now pursuing a doctorate in music performance; Emily Barnes graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a member of the Air Force, performing with the United States Air Force Orchestra.

In addition, last year the Bany scholarship expanded its efforts with the following grants:

• $5,000 to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's Jazz Studies Program.

• $2,000 to MidPoint Music Festival Showcase and Seminars.

• $2,000 to the Taft Museum's Jazz Series at the Main Public Library.

• $2,000 to the School for Creative and Performing Arts' music-tutoring program.

Matre said the scholarship board plans to continue expanding its efforts, which are funded solely by dividends and interest earned on the principal.

For more information on the scholarship fund: Web site.


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