NEWS: Mark Ronson and Seymour Stein among new LIPA Companions

DJ, musician and producer Mark Ronson and legendary US record label boss Seymour Stein will be made Companions of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) on 25 July 2013. Mark, best known for producing the late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album, and Sire Records co-founder Seymour, who signed Madonna in 1982, are among six luminaries of the arts and entertainment world who will receive the accolade from LIPA’s co-founder Sir Paul McCartney at the Institute’s annual graduation ceremony.

Mark and Seymour will be joined by theatre-design consultant Andy Hayles, educator and theatre director Keith Johnstone, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear and audio-industry magazine publisher and editor Zenon Schoepe.

LIPA awards Companionships for two reasons: outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning.

Rowena Morgan, business development officer for the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) will become an Honoured Friend in recognition of her contribution to the development of LIPA’s music masterclass programme.

Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA’s Founding Principal and CEO, said: “Despite the government’s enthusiasm (not!) for the creative and performing arts, our annual graduate surveys have regularly shown that around 90 percent of respondents are in work, helped and inspired by our Companions and Honoured Friends.

“It’s time that politicians recognised that they will, as years pass, be largely forgotten, and that the creative and performing arts will not and will continue to define our time for those who come along after us.”

Over 260 students from the UK and more than 15 countries, among them India, Mexico, South Africa and Venezuela, will be graduating at the ceremony having completed either foundation certificate or degree programmes.

LIPA is located in Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty. It opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.


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