Public Affairs

Auction of “Thriller” Single Master to Benefit CSU Summer Arts

November 5, 2009

Students of the systemwide CSU Summer Arts program will be thrilled to know the title track of one of the best-selling albums of all time will be auctioned to boost scholarships for the program.

Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Swedien has provided the original master recording of Michael Jackson’s single "Thriller" from 1983, which includes the album and instrumental versions. It was played only once to test sound quality before the single was released in 1984. The master will hit the auction block during the Bonhams & Butterfields auction of Entertainment Memorabilia on December 20, 2009.

"This is an exciting possibility for Summer Arts," said Jim Spalding, CSU Summer Arts Director. "All the money raised will go for scholarships to Summer Arts 2010, and since 80 percent of our students need scholarship assistance, this will definitely help a lot. We are very grateful to Bruce Swedien for this generous donation and to Bonhams and Butterfields for their support."

CSU Summer Arts, is a multidisciplinary system-wide program offering academic credit, as well as a festival in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The academic component offers two-week residency courses for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals in creative writing, dance, music, film, video, theatre, performance, visual arts, design, arts education, and new technology. For more information on CSU Summer Arts visit