Purdue University Fort Wayne music programs to be housed on Sweetwater campus

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Sweetwater announced the partnership Wednesday during a press conference.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 4:23 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 9:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Purdue University Fort Wayne, formerly IPFW, and Sweetwater Sound announced a partnership Wednesday that will bring many of the university's music programs to a facility on Sweetwater's campus.

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The company is renovating an 8,000 square foot facility into a learning center for students.

Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Sound are providing $1.6 million toward the project that the university will pay back over a six year period.

"My wife and I believe so much in education, and specifically an education around music. There are just some great careers and great opportunities for your life if you can be further educated in music," Chuck Surack said.

Purdue Fort Wayne is also recieving a $1.465 million gift. Students can enjoy recording studios and other Sweetwater amenities. In addition, Sweetwater, the State of Indiana, and the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation have each given $1 million, some of which will be used for gear an infrastructure.

The learning center will house two new majors: A B.S. in Music Industry and a B.S. in Popular Music.

The facility was designed by the Russ Berger Design Group and is expected to open in August of 2018.

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