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    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:53:33

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    Australian pop singer-songwriter Sia is getting a music institute named after her, The Guardian reports. The University of Adelaide is naming a new centre after Sia. The Sia Furler Institute of Contemporary Music and Media will prepare students for careers in contemporary music, film, and digital media.

    "I want to say thank you to the University of Adelaide," Sia said, on Thursday, speaking from Los Angeles. The 40-year-old singer-songwriter described the University's decision to name an institute after her as "an incredible honor and both humbling and exciting."

    Sia never attended the university, but grew up in Adelaide. The university vice-chancellor, Warren Bebbington, told The Guardian, "the new institute recognised Sia as one of Australia's most celebrated and successful artists and would establish an environment where contemporary music and media could flourish together."

    The Sia Furler Institute will be based within the university's Elder Conservatorium of Music and the director, Graeme Koehne, said Sia's creativity extended beyond music to video and digital media, the Guardian reports.

    "Sia has become an inspiration to young artists the world over and it's that talent we aim to foster through our new institute," Koehne said.

    Sia's hit single, "Chandelier," from her 2014 album, 1000 Forms of Fear, peaked at number eight on the U.S. music charts, and earned her four GRAMMY nominations in 2015 for record of the year, song of the year, best pop solo performance, and best music video.

    Her seventh album, This Is Acting, came out earlier this year.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    03.31.16



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