Our mission is to build a sustainable, nationally recognized music scene in Boston.
MissionWe believe music is an important part of healthy communities: encompassing the values of co-creation, entrepreneurship, and youth/adult collaboration among others. Vibrancy in the arts builds bridges between disparate communities, serves as a meaningful economic driver, and makes our cities a more desirable place to live and work.
Today, with one in three Bostonians under the age of thirty-five and the most youthful and arts-focused City Hall Boston has seen in decades, there is no better time to reinvigorate local music and build a sustainable creative community to benefit Bostonians of all ages for years to come.
VisionWe're working for a future in which:
1) We share our city with the brightest modern musical talents
Our colleges and universities attract them, but a disparate native music community and lack of economic opportunity currently fails to retain them.2) Any Bostonian can go see and listen to high quality local music at an affordable price
It's time to rethink our live music scene. Boston is a college town, 250k strong. That's a big opportunity for artists and venues.3) Our kids have modern musical role models in their own neighborhoods
If more working-class contemporary musicians stayed in Boston we could set a realistic example for young people dreaming of careers in the arts.4) Our thriving entrepreneurial community works side-by-side with artists
Where have all the music business professionals gone?! It's time to collaborate and change the way we capitalize music making.
By 2020...In only 5 short years we've grown our flagship affordable recording program to provide 700 subsidized professional recording sessions for more than 2,500 local musicians each year out of our 5,000 square foot, two-studio facility.
We've also created B4 Records, a youth-run record label, in partnership with Dorchester-based youth development organization, Teen Empowerment. The first of its kind, B4 Records fosters musical and social change in our community by challenging teens to write, produce, and perform socially conscious original music.
Boston Compilation AlbumTo amplify the work of our city's incredibly talented musicians and to help connect artists with fans in their own communities, we've begun production on the 1st-ever Boston Compilation Album. Designed as an annual project, this compilation will serve as an artifact of the sound of our city and foster awareness and pride among local music fans. In 2020 we'll release the 5th volume of this compilation and by then the audience for the work will have grown significantly to include fans and communities throughout the region. The project will help to create a rising tide in Boston's music scene and serve as a platform to amplify local artists across our city and beyond.
All-Ages Music VenuesYoung people need a place to experience live music in Boston. With most music venues placing alcohol at the center of their business models, Boston's sizable underage community is left without options. Not only is the under-21 audience a valuable economic driver, but it's a very important cultural driver. We need spaces where young bands can play their first shows, where kids can see their parents play, and where curation is at the center of the model, not alcohol.
For these reasons, and others, The Record Company will operate 3 all-ages music venues in 3 different Boston neighborhoods by 2020. We'll break ground on the 1st in 2016. Join our mailing list and stay tuned!
Ready to get involved? Contact Executive Director Matt McArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-765-0155.