Huge news for Musitec as they sign an agreement with Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) to develop a program that will allow South Australian students to explore, develop and commercialise their ideas through international research and collaboration.

BerkleeICE is housed within the Berklee College of Music in Boston and prepares graduates for careers as entrepreneurs in the music business.

Musitec Managing Director David Grice said the program would initially focus on researching and developing commercial opportunities within the music and health sectors.

“The program we develop will first look at how we can use music within health as a tool to improve patient wellbeing,” Mr Grice said.

“Students will be given opportunities to research and develop innovative ways to use music as a mechanism to assist in prevention and patient management – with a focus on neurological disorders, respiratory illness and ageing.
“Products and services that are created through collaboration with Berklee students can then be marketed to the world through both Musitec and Berklee’s global networks.
“The flow on from this partnership will see new research, new companies, new Intellectual Property and new jobs created in South Australia.”

Mr Grice said Musitec is working with the State’s local universities on their involvement in the program.

He said the program will also present opportunities for student exchanges, internships and mentorships between Boston and Adelaide.

The signing was attended by Premier Jay Weatherill, and took place at South by South West (SXSW), which brings together three of the world’s largest film, interactive media, and music festivals in Austin, Texas.

Mr Weatherill congratulated Musitec on its agreement with the Berklee Institute.

“The State Government supported the establishment of industry clusters like Musitec to encourage collaboration and drive industry innovation,” he said.

“Musitec’s partnership with a global leader in music education will help foster the next generation of innovators in the music industry.”

BerkleeICE Founding Managing Director (and Sonicbids founder) Panos Panay said they were impressed with Musitec’s innovative approach to the development and commercialisation of ideas within the music industry.

We recognise that Musitec is leading global thinking in the development of new business models that will contribute to, and shape the future of, the business of music,” Mr Panay said.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Musitec and to offer Berklee students the ability to work together with their South Australian counterparts to explore exciting new products and services in the area of music and health.”

Watch for further details regarding the program to be announced in the coming months.