Apple to open Mac Labs in Chennai, Mumbai with musician AR Rahman

Apple is partnering with AR Rahman to open two new Mac Labs at the latter's KM Music Conservatory (KMMC) in Chennai, and a new campus coming up in Mumbai, where students will be trained to use the Logic Pro X, Apple's proprietary music creation app for macOS.

Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, made the announcement in Mumbai. Apple will also provide 10 full-time musical scholarships for students from underprivileged backgrounds.

''It's an honour to be in Mumbai and I am humbled to be in the presence of the talented AR Rahman to make this announcement together,'' Cue said in a statement. ''Apple Music and the KM Music Conservatory share a deep love in discovering, sharing and nurturing musical talent and we're proud to be supporting such an institution that is investing in the future arts and music community.''

''Music is a healer for today's world and we share the same affinity and love of music with Apple Music," Rahman added. "The labs and scholarships at KMMC make an invaluable contribution to helping to develop the talents of tomorrow's musicians and composers. For over 20 years, I've been a loyal Logic Pro user and am excited to be on this journey together with Apple."

The KM Music Conservatory, founded by Rahman in 2008, aims to expand the horizons of musicians in India. Even as it continues to strengthen the art of Indian music, the institution also offers an education in Western music and music technology.