Friends and colleagues of Olivia Quan have launched a GoFundMe campaign to honor the late Vancouver engineer and producer. Money raised will be used to create a fund in his name that will be used to help future generations pursue careers in recording and studio work.
Quan died suddenly on July 1 at the age of 25 from complications of a brain hemorrhage. Prior to her passing, she was considered one of Vancouver’s most dynamic studio talents.
(The city‘s music community will have the chance to celebrate Quan’s life and accomplishments on July 31 from 2-6 p.m. at WISE Hall.)
After graduating from recording school, Quan immediately landed a job at Monarch Studios in 2016, where she immediately established herself as a talent to watch. She received three 2022 Juno Award nominations for her work with Desirée Dawson, Luca Fogale and Matthew V. During her career, she has also worked with artists such as Hey Ocean!, Said the Whale, Sam Lynch and City & Color.
Those she interacted with remembered her as not only passionate, but compassionate, generous and endlessly energetic.
The Olivia Quan Award for Audio Excellence hopes to raise a minimum of $25,000, with a larger goal of $75,000. The plan is for $5,000 per year to be used to help “future generations of young people pursuing careers in audio learn and be inspired by Olivia’s accomplishments and dedication to her craft.”
The GoFundMe page outlines the prize view as follows.
Criteria: A successful candidate would embody the characteristics that made Olivia so
• Open to youth aged 25 or under from British Columbia, Canada
• Have demonstrated hard work and dedication to mastering audio
• Have a clear idea of their goals and how they want to achieve them
• May have obstacles in its path that this award could help reduce
• Additional consideration given to women and other underrepresented groups in the industry, but does not exclude any worthy recipient.
Examples of uses of funding include:
• Bursary for Audio Education and Mentoring
• Cost of living during an audio course or apprenticeship
• Specific purchases of equipment that would allow you to advance in your career
• Travel expenses to attend audio training or events
Music BC will help oversee the application process. In any given year, the nominees will be condensed into a short list of 10, after which a group consisting of a family member and close friends of Quan will choose a recipient.
Monarch Studios’ Tom Dobrzanski called Quan someone who couldn’t be more worthy of the award’s recollection.
“She was on an incredible trajectory in her own career and achieved so much at just 25 years old, but at the same time she was the most generous and supportive person you could ever meet,” Dobrzanski said. to Right. “It’s an absolute tragedy what happened to Olivia, and the best positive we can take from that is that those of us who were lucky enough to know her continue to be inspired by all the things that happened to her. made so incredible. I hope this annual award in her name allows future young people pursuing a career in audio to also be inspired by her and supported to follow a similar path.”
To learn more about the Olivia Quan Award for Audio Excellence, click here. And for her information on her celebration of life at WISE Hall, go here.