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Detroit Institute of Music (DIME) Partners with Metropolitan State University of Denver


Contact: DIME: Kathy Reilly | BT PR | Kathy@bennytarantini.com | 646.405.7010
MSU Denver: Tim Carroll| carrollt@msudenver.edu | 303-556-5136

Posted: September 22, 2015



(DETROIT) – The Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), and Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) today announced an exclusive agreement between the Institute and the University. The partnership provides collaboration between the two institutions on music curriculum such as performance, songwriting and music entrepreneurship in the near future.

DIME President, Kevin Nixon comments, “When we first met MSU Denver in early 2015, we knew we had to do something together. We view education in the same way:  listening to what young people actually want and offering substantial career opportunities in areas that are academically unique. The music industry is a changing landscape, and modern institutes need to keep their curriculum and faculty members ahead of the game.  DIME and MSU Denver share that vision.”

Especially with Detroit’s unique place in the roots of American popular music ranging from Motown and Eminem to The White Stripes, the two organizations are committed to the revitalization of Detroit and the music industry within the city.  The partnership marks the first step of taking the Detroit brand to other states, providing academic course opportunities to the next generation of modern musicians and music entrepreneurs in Detroit.   

“Offering rock n' roll music education at the institute's location in Detroit is a great example of how we can create public-private partnerships to achieve our vision of providing relevant education beyond our state's borders,” said MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “We are excited to launch this long-term partnership with DIME and look forward to it enhancing the reputation of MSU Denver's already notable music department.”  

“Since launching DIME a year ago, our first year students have excelled musically and academically, with 81 percent of students progressing to the second year of study,” said founder & managing Director Sarah Clayman.  

DIME is currently validated by Falmouth University, one of the UK’s leading performance arts universities.  Students currently enrolled at DIME will continue on the Falmouth degree path, a condensed 3-year program earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in either creative music performance, creative songwriting or music entrepreneurship.

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About DIME
DIME, the Detroit Institute of Music Education is a music education institute dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians. Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman, DIME offers advanced music students a unique study experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and music industry professionals teaching courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. Nixon and Clayman are also the founders of the highly regarded UK music colleges, BIMM.  Under their leadership, the college saw some of its most accomplished graduates find commercial and critical acclaim.  George Ezra, James Bay, Tom Odell and The Kooks were just a few among the 10,000 graduates the pair oversaw throughout the BIMM college system spanning 4 cities in Great Britain & Ireland. Their graduates have found success on stage and behind the scenes, working in the music industry, with approximately 70% of their students maintaining a full-time living from professional music.  Nixon and Clayman launched DIME in 2014, joining the effort to revitalize and reinvigorate Detroit’s music landscape. Their goal is to offer prospective students a choice of bachelor’s degrees from MSU Denver. DIME also offers part‐time and summer music education programs.

DIME Online offers BA (Hons) Degree study online, in academic partnership with Falmouth University.  The DIME Online programs, BA (Hons) in Creative Songwriting, Music Entrepreneurship and Creative Performance (pursuing excellence in guitar and drums), are delivered entirely online, allowing students true flexibility in their studies. The online programs are suitable for anyone who wants creative freedom to study in their own time. The programs are affordable, and the fees are significantly lower than campus based programs. DIME also owns Original 1265 Recordings, a Detroit-based independent record label distributed worldwide by Caroline/Capitol Music Group. Artists include The Wildflowers, Charity, MPV, and Jena Irene Ascuitto. Serious musicians can expect practical and real‐world preparation for a career in the music industry upon graduation from any DIME or DIME ONLINE program. For more information, visit www.dime‐detroit.com

About Metropolitan State University of Denver
For 50 years Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution. For more information, visit www.msudenver.edu

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