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MECA reports $3 million gift for music, art program

The Bob Crewe Foundation has awarded a $3 million gift to Maine College of Art to develop a new program that focuses on the study of contemporary music and its relation to visual art, the college reported.

This "transformational gift" will support an innovative field of study in honor of internationally known musician, artist and entrepreneur, Bob Crewe, while supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds wishing to pursue a career in music, art or both, MECA reported.

Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1985 and credited with a string of top 10 hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Crewe's influence went far beyond his contributions in the field of music composition, performance and production, MECA noted.

Most recently, Crewe has been featured as a supporting character (played originally by Peter Gregus) in "Jersey Boys," the multiple Tony Award-winning, long-running Broadway musical based on the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons that has become an international hit. Crewe is credited as the show's lyricist.

Also this month, Breakwater School announced that is expanding its Crewe Scholars Program for Visual and Performing Arts, a scholarship program initially funded in 2011 by a grant from The Bob Crewe Foundation.


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