On March 16, as the COVID 19 lockdown began, and without prior notice to DIME Directors or senior management, Metropolitan State University of Denver unilaterally announced by email to all DIME students and faculty that they were ending the MSU Denver at DIME partnership agreement. Consequently, DIME has been forced to close its physical music education colleges DIME Detroit and DIME Denver.
On that same day, all DIME students also received a second notice from MSU Denver claiming that their music department could teach-out the current students at both campus’s without DIME and DIME’s Music and Music Business curriculum, despite their own curriculum being that of a standard classical music department. MSU Denver voluntarily breached the partnership agreement by not adhering to the 360 day notice period of termination, that would allow DIME to find another partner or partners, and would enable DIME to continue to recruit and educate students for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
To protect the current students studying in the Commercial Songwriting, Commercial Music Performance and Music Industry Studies Bachelor of Arts in Music programs, DIME Directors and their team of litigators and investors have spent the past 9 weeks trying to negotiate with MSU Denver.
It is with great sadness that we received confirmation on June 1, 2020, of MSU Denver’s decision to reject DIME’s proposal to teach-out the remaining students together, that confirmed their unwillingness to adhere to the Partnership Agreement.
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DIME Online and Original 1265 Recordings are unaffected by any of the above.
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