Dream Theater have partnered with Berklee College Of Music to create the “Dream Theater Scholarship Fund.” The fund will help out student musicians in need by offering them scholarship money on an ongoing basis.
The fund was created after guitarist John Petrucci, an alumni of the school, and his wife Rena, who recently got her Advanced Guitar Certificate online, visited Berklee to tour the production and music studios. The couple, whose son Reny also graduated from Berklee in 2018, discussed the idea with president Roger Brown and the scholarship was born. Brown commented
“Dream Theater has been a tremendous influence on the progressive metal scene, achieving worldwide success for their dedication to excellence in music. The Dream Theater t-shirt has been the most popular item of apparel on our campus for years, and many students have chosen to come to Berklee as a result of the band’s legacy. We are so appreciative of Dream Theater’s support.”
The fund will be headed by Berklee’s Mirek Vana, Global Development Officer / Executive Producer, and Dream Theater’s manager Frank Solomon.
This news comes 35 years after Petrucci, bassist John Myung and ex-drummer Mike Portnoy formed Dream Theater while they were students at Berklee. It’s worth noting that current drummer Mike Mangini was also a drum professor at the college before leaving to join the band in 2010.