The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA), in partnership with Shure Incorporated, announces the 2022 winners of the second annual Mark Brunner Professional Audio Fellowship. Brunner, a longtime Shure executive, past president of PAMA, and a leading voice in the professional audio community, has had an unwavering passion for education and mentorship throughout his career. The $2,000 scholarship is offered annually to students around the world who are pursuing an education in professional audio.
The 2022 Mark Brunner Professional Audio Fellowship recipients are Emma Brooks of Berklee College of Music and Dennis Freeman of Middle Tennessee State University (each returning for the second year) and Benjamin Nix-Bradley of CSU Northridge (in his first year as a recipient).
Brooks and Freeman each share that the scholarship has helped their education over the past year. “It’s been a great year for networking, meeting new friends and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do that,” says Freeman. “The Mark Brunner Fellowship helped give me that freedom.”
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to PAMA and Shure for their continued support of my audio education and career,” shared streams. “Their dedication to honoring Mark’s legacy of service is inspiring, I am grateful to connect with such wonderful organizations as I complete my final year at Berklee.”
New recipient for 2022 Nix-Bradley remarked“The Mark Brunner Fellowship helps me recognize how valuable my passion for music and technology is for future endeavors in entertainment and education. This honor tells me that I am on the right path Thank you for supporting my academic and professional goals.
Behalf PAMA, Chris Regan, Chairman of the Board, said, “For the second year in a row, we have been able to honor the legacy of Mark Brunner by providing assistance to the next generation of audio professionals. We are happy to once again assist Emma Brooks and Dennis Freeman with their projects and to add Benjamin Nix-Bradley to the list of young talents receiving this scholarship. Mark had a passion for mentorship and he would certainly be proud of these recipients. We thank Shure for partnering with PAMA for this scholarship and making it possible.
“Mark would have been proud to see how PAMA supported these students,” said Chris Schyvinck, President and CEO of Shure. “Helping to train the next generation of leaders in this industry was a passion of his, and I am happy that we are able to ensure that this mission continues to thrive.”
Former President of PAMA from 2011 to 2013, Brunner has provided a consistent voice for PAMA’s strategic direction and its role in advancing the professional audio industry. Mark joined Shure in 1989 and held several key positions during his tenure, including Director of Publicity and General Manager of the Musical Instruments and PA business unit. Most recently, Mark was Vice President of Global Corporate & Government Relations, where he worked on numerous industry issues, including FCC rules for wireless device operation/frequency, assignment of spectrum and lobbied to protect the wireless microphone market sector. Additionally, he was a prominent member of the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing Manufacturers Council, where he frequently shared his views on wireless white space and broadband legislative issues as well as on other related industry issues.
Individuals and companies interested in supporting the Mark Brunner Professional Audio Scholarship Fund can donate through the PAMA website here. PAMA appreciates all donations that honor Mark’s legacy and support students pursuing careers in the professional audio industry.