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— Nine scholarships/donations honor A-T’s 50th anniversary —

STOW, OH, April 25, 2012 Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology, officially kicked off its  50th Anniversary Year in the U.S. with a special gala event held January  19, 2012, during the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The event  featured an all-star music revue produced by legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Phil Ramone. Among the featured all-star cast of performers were saxophonist and longtime Audio-Technica endorser Mindi Abair, R&B/jazz vocalist Patti Austin, new age/adult-contemporary superstar and Audio-Technica endorser Jim Brickman, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, vocalist Monica Mancini, legendary trumpeter/pianist/composer Arturo Sandoval, gospel/R&B music legend BeBe Winans and Canadian jazz-pop vocalist Nikki Yanofsky.  In commemoration of the event, all eight performers have decided to  donate their performance honoraria to different music education programs  and institutions, helping promote the importance of music education and assisting students  in their pursuits.

Greg  Pinto, Audio-Technica U.S. Vice President of Marketing and Consumer  Sales, stated, “It was thrilling to have Phil Ramone produce the  concert, and to have these eight world-class artists perform at our anniversary celebration in Anaheim marking ‘50  Years of Passionate Listening,’ and it is a special honor that they are  donating these funds toward music education, a cause that is very near  to the hearts of the A-T family.”

Phil Ramone donated his honorarium to The Salvation Army’s Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children. Abair has decided to donate to the Berklee College of Music Five-Week Summer Performance Program, creating the Mindi  Abair/Audio-Technica Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Scholarship.  Austin is also donating her honorarium to the Berklee College of Music. Brickman is  giving to his alma mater Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), creating the Jim Brickman/Audio-Technica Scholarship. Koz is proud to donate to the GRAMMY Camp® (held at and in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music),  creating the Dave Koz/Audio-Technica GRAMMY Camp Scholarship. Mancini  selected The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, thereby creating the Monica Mancini/Audio-Technica Donation for Music Education. Sandoval chose the Young Musicians’ Camp at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, creating the Arturo Sandoval/Audio-Technica Scholarship for the Young Musicians’ Camp. Winans is donating to Juilliard’s Summer Jazz Workshops, creating the BeBe Winans/Audio-Technica Scholarship. Yanofsky has selected the Schulich School of Music and its Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill University, creating the Nikki Yanofsky/Audio-Technica Scholarship.

Audio-Technica  endorser Abair stated, “Audio-Technica has been helping me achieve my  sound for more than 18 years on the road and in the studio. I was  honored to play for their 50th Anniversary and even more honored to give back with a scholarship  to Berklee's five-week program. I grew up musically and personally while  getting my degree at Berklee. I was encouraged to be an individual  there and create my own musical vision. That's priceless. I couldn't be happier to pass that gift along to another  individual.”

Beverly  Tryon, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Berklee College of  Music, remarks, “We are very grateful to Mindi Abair for selecting her  alma mater to receive this generous scholarship support, and to Audio-Technica for making it  possible. This scholarship will allow a deserving young person to  participate in this life-changing summer experience at Berklee.”

Fellow  A-T endorser Brickman stated, “I want to express my thanks to  Audio-Technica for the opportunity to create the Jim  Brickman/Audio-Technica Scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music. CIM is the school where I found my sound. I think it's  important to cultivate musicianship, and their teachers do just that. My  hope is that through scholarship efforts like this one, it will open  doors and further the music education of another aspiring pianist.”

“It  is particularly gratifying that Jim has chosen the Cleveland Institute  of Music as the beneficiary of this wonderful gift, since he is one of  our own, having studied here with Marshall Griffith and Olga Radosavljevich. It was their teaching  that helped transform Jim’s future life, and through this gift, CIM will  be able to continue our goal of transforming lives for their future,  through all that we do,” said Conservatory Dean Adrian Daly. “In consultation with the piano faculty, the scholarship  will be awarded to a student who ‘reminds us of Jim,’ with the special  qualities he has and has developed to be the wonderful musician, artist  and entertainer that he has become. We are also extremely grateful to Audio-Technica for their connections with Jim  Brickman, and for their ongoing support of our institutional mission of  providing a world-class educational and transformative experience for  our students, and for those with whom we interact.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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