Iron Mountain Entertainment Services to Sponsor Scholarships for 1500 – 1500 Sound Academy icon

The full-ride scholarships will be made available to four students at the Inglewood, Calif.-based music education institution.



Physical and digital media archiving service Iron Mountain Entertainment Services has agreed to fund full-ride scholarships for four students at Inglewood, Calif.-based music education institution 1500 Sound Academy, the organizations tell Billboard.

1500 Sound Academy offers instruction in current and emerging business practices in the music industry via a team that includes Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy, Grammy-winning producer Larrance “Rance” Dopson and entrepreneur and executive Twila True. The scholarships will be available to prospective students who wish to enroll in one of three 1500 Sound Academy programs: music & industry fundamentals, DJ fundamentals and vocal performance & production fundamentals. Those awarded the scholarships will take part in in-person lectures and labs focused on music production, engineering, songwriting, mixing, music business, DJ fundamentals, vocal performance, vocal production and more.

Students who receive the scholarships will also be instructed in the basics of archiving and restoration through Iron Mountain’s “Smart Vault” digital media preservation solution as well as on-the-ground training at Iron Mountain’s digital studio and vaults.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must meet the enrollment requirements and not have previously attended any course or program at 1500 Sound Academy. 



“We look forward to our partnership with Iron Mountain Entertainment Services by offering four fortunate students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals in this industry through one of our programs,” said Fauntleroy in a statement. “With IMES’ global resources in the film, music, broadcast, and sports industries, we’re encouraging new talent to emerge in the field and seeking to help a new generation of music professionals obtain a launching pad into the industry.”

“The 1500 Sound Academy is leading the way for the next wave of leaders in the business of music,” added Lance Podell, senior vp/GM of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services. “We are honored to partner with them and fund student scholarships, as well as provide our Smart Vault solution to all of the students and faculty. Too often we hear about lost lyrics, songs or assets. Our support will provide the solution and training to help a new generation of creators in the discipline of archival preservation, which is a critical but often overlooked aspect of building a music career.”

The application process for the scholarships opens on Tuesday (Dec. 12). Winners will be announced on Dec. 29 or Jan. 5. More details on the submission and application process can be found here.