Music industry student Juliana Castrillon ’21 is one of four students from across the nation to be awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Live Nation and House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. She is the only student to receive the Tiffany Green Operator Scholarship award, which was established to support women pursuing a career in live entertainment.
“This scholarship strives to support women in an industry that is mostly male-dominated,” said Castrillon, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Industry. “That is why I am extremely honored and eager to utilize this support toward my education to help both my own career, as well as other women pursuing careers in the music industry. I am highly motivated to innovate in the engineering and production areas of the industry as well as in the legal sector. I want to give back to the Hispanic community by getting a law degree to coach other Latinas who are not familiar with the industry.”
As a music industry student, Castrillon gains experience composing, engineering, mixing, and playing music in Saint Rose’s recording studios, audio post-production rooms, and analog recording and record-cutting station. She is on the executive board of the College’s student-run Rose Record Label, where she produces singles among other leadership tasks.
“Juliana is a super-intelligent and talented young music producer and recording artist,” said Dr. Sean McClowery, an associate professor of music at Saint Rose. “She is perhaps the fastest learner I have seen, and her musical ability, combined with her grasp of technology, is off the charts.”
Castrillon is an international student from Bogota, Colombia. In addition to her musical prowess and experience as a live-event manager, Castrillon is a scholar in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, a pioneering national program cultivating courageous leadership in young women during the college years and beyond.
“We are incredibly proud of Juliana for being one of only four students selected for such a prestigious scholarship. She is a leader at Saint Rose in so many ways, including her role as a BOLD Scholar, and she has connected her passion for music to her desire to find and create opportunities for women seeking equal footing in male-dominated fields,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. “Juliana represents so much about Saint Rose, both as an international student and as a creative and gifted part of our innovative music industry program, which draws top students from around the country and the world. I am looking forward to watching her career blossom after Saint Rose, and we are grateful to Live Nation and the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation for recognizing her talents with this scholarship.”
Live Nation and House of Blues Music Forward Foundation also announced three other recipients of scholarship awards from Berklee College of Music, Georgia State University, and Los Angeles Film School. Each recipient was selected based on academic performance, leadership skills, and a passionate commitment to the live entertainment experience.
Scholarship selections were made by an influential panel of Live Nation executives and thought leaders across academic, entertainment, civic and corporate sectors. Reviewers included leading experts from companies and organizations across the country including SAG-AFTRA, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Emerson Bran Management, OAKSway Entertainment LLC, The Williams Group, Los Angeles College of Music, Spiegelworld Entertainment, Keller Williams Group, Illumivation Studios, and the American Heart Association.