Encouraging the Next Generation of Cultural Storytellers

In keeping with our mission to preserve Detroit’s musical stories and sounds, and on the eve of our second annual music conference in 2014, Detroit Sound Conservancy announced a proposed memorial scholarship for one of Detroit’s most important music journalists: Dan Sicko. After a period of outreach, organizing, and fundraising, DSC has partnered with the late writer’s family and Wayne State University’s Department of Communication, to honor his legacy and encourage the next generation of prospective Detroit cultural storytellers.

The first scholarship winner, Michael Valenti (pictured above), was announced April 2017.

Our initial partner in fundraising for this scholarship was record label Ghostly International who printed the initial “Detroit Renegade of Electronic Funk” t-shirt honoring Sicko. Proceeds from online sales went to DSC for the scholarship. During that period, Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV said, “The Ghostly team is proud to be a part of remembering our friend Dan and championing his work and life. The DSC carries a goal close to our hearts, to make things better.”

In 2016, DSC took over production and marketing of the Renegade shirt.

You can purchase them here.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved please contact our director via email at director@detroitsound.org or call direct at 313-444-8242

Updated 6 September 2017

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