Numark, Alesis and
Akai Professional, the world's leading manufacturers of audio equipment, studio
electronics and professional DJ equipment, has teamed up with the critically acclaimed
Berklee College of Music, in Boston, to host a gala which will honor the trailblazers
in the music industry.
The event, titled
Milestones, will take place at the Berklee Performance Center on September 22,
and will feature a large number of Hip-Hop legends, past and present.
Among those being
honored are Grand Wizard Theodore, the inventor of scratching and needle dropping,
GrandMixer DXT, the first to fuse Hip-Hop and jazz, Jazzy Jay, the first to
bring Hip-Hop to radio airwaves, Jam Master Jay, founder of Run-DMC, Hip-Hop
producers Marley Marl and DJ Premier, and DJ Jazzy Joyce.
"We are proud
to present such an outstanding group of musicians at Berklee, where so many
groundbreaking producers and performers launch their careers," said Gregg
Stein, worldwide director of marketing for Numark, Alesis and Akai Professional.
"These legends have created a platform by which musical innovation can
continue to flourish. We're honored that our products are behind these artists
as well as the next generation of musical innovators."
the Milestones event will go towards scholarships that will be awarded annually
to promising, prospective Berklee City Music Program students.
The Berklee City Music Program is a five-week tutorial and mentoring program
that gives teens in the urban population of Boston access to music education
at no cost.
Tickets for the
event are currently being sold through ticketmaster.com