PORTLAND (WGME) — After a year of Zoom concerts and virtual learning, the School of Music at the University of Southern Maine is setting a bold new path.
The school announced plans Tuesday for a future center for the arts made possible by a $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation.
Bob Crewe was a prolific songwriter and music producer who created chart topping hits from 1957 to 2001, mostly with the Four Seasons.
He died in 2014 in Scarborough, but his family said the gift will help artists at USM for generations.
“It’s going to make a major difference for the college of music and it’s going to allow us to grow the school of music because we can’t grow any more with the facilities we have. This is going to make the difference,” said Dan Crewe, Bob Crewe’s brother.
USM students performed some of Crewe’s greatest hits at the announcement.
The future center for the arts features a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and performance space and it will be on Bedford Street.