Non-Profit Community Recording
Hands-on education, career exploration, and experiential learning.
HistoryIn 2009 Matt McArthur and Berklee College of Music professor Susan Rogers, PhD. realized that Boston's community of young musicians needed a recording studio to call their own. For these young talents the importance of a studio wasn't ownership, it was access. And they didn't just need access to a facility, they needed access to the decades-long tradition of professional musical recording: a tradition encompassing concepts of professional conduct, mentorship, technical expertise, creativity, and more. In response the pair founded The Record Company (TRC), a recording studio for the next generation of record makers.
MissionThe proliferation of affordable technology has created a great deal of opportunity in the areas of music and musical recording. Affordable music technology means that most youth, amateurs, and professionals now have personal access to a basic set of tools for creating, recording, and sharing music. Incredible to imagine that the basic functions of our mobile phones once required thousands of square feet of recording studio space. Despite what popular media teaches us, we know that one thing hasn't changed: Music is about people. People make it, people listen to it, and no matter where the speeding technological freight train takes us, the future of the music and recording arts comes down to people.
Our mission is to teach and foster a collaborative recording process; to preserve the only part of the tradition that will never change: the people.
To the thousands of teens, college students, and aspiring professionals that come through our doors each year music means many different things. For some it's an experiment or a hobby. For others it's a potential or chosen career path. No matter what role music plays in our stakeholders' lives, personal and professional development are at the center of The Record Company. Musical recording is the vehicle we use to get there.
ProgramsWe advocate for our community through the following key programs:
Field Trips and Workshops for All Ages (Beginner)
Participants learn about careers in audio and the roles and responsibilities associated with the recording process while completing a simple recording project. Field trips are offered at our facility and mobile workshops are offered on iPads in schools, libraries, and youth centers city-wide. (400+ youth/adults served annually)
After School Recording Programs for Teens (Intermediate)
TRC gives teens the opportunity to write, record, and perform original music through its Youth-Run Record Label initiative. Now in its second year, this program is a collaboration between TRC and Boston youth service agencies like Teen Empowerment and Inquillianos Boricuas en Accion (IBA). See www.b4records.bandcamp.com for examples of our teens' work. (45-55 youth served annually)
Professional Internships for College Students (Advanced)
TRC offers in depth internships for dozens of college music and audio students each year. Interns receive one-on-one mentorship from TRC staff as well as group training and experiential learning opportunities. In its 3rd year, our internship program is one of the most try-to-industry experiences available to Boston students. (15-25 served annually)
Affordable Studio Time for Students and Independent Artists (Advanced)
We host more than 900 affordable sessions each year affecting more than 3,000 members of the community. By offering studio time at a price students can afford TRC gets young musicians out of their homes, dorms, and apartments and making recordings collaboratively in a high-quality professional environment.
VisionThe Record Company as custodian of tradition and advocate of community music.
Today TRC is about access. In the years to come, as we move beyond the growing pains of a small, grass-roots non-profit organization, the access we provide now will begin to encompass something even more meaningful: opportunity.
Creating this opportunity for our stakeholders isn't just about funding, programming, and geography. It's about relationships. To ensure that record making and the recording arts continue we need to make creative connections between the for-profit and non-profit sectors, get business professionals re-engaged in the musical process, and invent new methods and venues for the creation and consumption of music.
As long as people want to make music and people want to listen to it The Record Company will be there; trying to build and re-build an increasingly modern and equitable infrastructure to support the process.