- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Conservative donor Rex Sinquefield and his wife have donated $2 million to the University of Missouri to support a music initiative.

Sinquefield and wife Jeanne Sinquefield awarded the money Monday to the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

As a longtime supporter of the university’s music school, Jeanne Sinquefield says the goal is “to find and grow musicians, have musicians write and play their music and have concerts and audiences.”

The couple’s latest gift brings their donations to the university to more than $15 million. That includes last year’s donation of $10 million to support a planned, $74-million School of Music building.

The initiative supports the Mizzou International Composers Festival, several competitions and scholarships for music composition students.

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