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Press Release
November 09 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Sound, Inc. named among recipients of 2009 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards
(Indianapolis, Indiana) - Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced that musical instrument and sound equipment retailer Sweetwater Sound, Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be among the recipients of the 2009 Indiana Governor's Arts Award.

"I am honored to recognize Sweetwater Sound for their significant investment and contribution to the arts in their community, our state and beyond," said Governor Daniels.

The award recipients were honored during a special performance ceremony September 25, 2009 at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie, Indiana.

Originally conceived in 1973, the biennial awards program honors individuals, organizations, partnerships, businesses, and communities that have made significant contributions to the arts in and beyond the confines of Indiana. The awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education, and leadership in the arts, and at the same time build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana.

Sweetwater Sound is the fourth largest retailer of music instruments and technology in the nation. The vast majority of Sweetwater's 350 employees are themselves musicians as is the company founder and president, Chuck Surack. Since its establishment in 1979, Sweetwater has supported local arts organizations through donations, sponsorships, and in-kind products and services, including free recording time both in-studio and during live performances.

Sweetwater's commitment to musicians in particular and the arts in general, and its community leadership, garnered the company national recognition in 2008. The national organization Business Committee for the Arts selected Sweetwater as one of its BCA 10, The Best Businesses Supporting the Arts in America.

"The arts have been a major focus of my personal and professional life," said Chuck Surack, President of Sweetwater Sound. "This award, to recognize Sweetwater's support of the arts, is a great, great honor."

Joining Sweetwater Sound as recipients of the 2009 Governor's Arts Awards are: The Ball Brothers Foundation, & the George and Frances Ball Foundation, Muncie; International Violin Competition of Indianapolis: Vectren Corporation, Evansville; and internationally renowned soprano Angela Brown, Indianapolis.

"These recipients have demonstrated a commitment to their field, their communities, and to building a stronger Indiana by their investment of time, talent, and leadership in the arts," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.

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