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April 13, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / High-res photo available upon request
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Fidelity Foundation of Fidelity Investments matches funds from new donor, Michael Tiemann


WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has raised $120,000 towards the School of Filmmaking’s Film Scoring Stage through a generous donation from Michael Tiemann and a matching grant from the Fidelity Foundation of Fidelity Investments.

The funds are being used to renovate and up-fit the Film Scoring Stage into a state-of-the-art recording space for motion picture soundtracks, complete with click-track to accommodate musical groups from soloists to symphony orchestras. 

The funds have already been used to purchase many instruments in the Film Scoring Stage, including a Steinway piano, a complete battery of percussion instruments, and microphone and accessory upgrades.  Musician furniture and music stands were also purchased with the funds.

Photo by G. Allen Aycock

UNCSA Chancellor Mauceri presents a plaque to Michael Tiemann in recognition of his generous donation to the Film Scoring Stage project.

With a state funding allocation of $120,000 toward the project, UNCSA applied for a grant from the Fidelity Foundation.  The Foundation awarded an $80,000 grant to the project, contingent upon a challenge of raising an additional $40,000 in private funding.

That $40,000 donation was made by Michael Tiemann, the Vice President of Open Source Affairs for the Raleigh-based software company, Red Hat Inc.

Tiemann was thanked in person at a small ceremony in the Film Scoring Stage on March 19.  UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri presented Tiemann with a plaque espousing the school’s gratitude to Tiemann and his family and the dedication of the Film Scoring Stage’s new Steinway piano as a gift from the Tiemann family.

The Steinway saw its first use and recording session in the space immediately following the ceremony. Chancellor Mauceri led members of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in a rehearsal and recording of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score for Much Ado About Nothing. 

The improvements to the Film Scoring Stage underscore the School of Filmmaking’s commitment to training students to transition smoothly into the television and film industry.

“UNCSA’s Film Scoring Stage is a unique and compelling component of an overall vision to improve the school’s standing as an educational filmmaker training institution and highlight North Carolina as a location for film production and post-production,” said Erik Salzwedel, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations in UNCSA’s Office of Advancement.  “The Film Scoring Stage will increase UNCSA’s capabilities in post-production and help us educate a knowledgeable labor force for this critical statewide and international film industry.”

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.