Rap Legends Honored By Berklee College Of Music

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."

Proceeds from

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