Learn Music Business

This program is designed to enrich your knowledgebase of how things work inside the music business. Gain an understanding of the world of agents, managers, labels, royalties, 360 deals, copyrights, concert riders and more.

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Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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Program

Welcome to the world of music business!

The Recording Connection Music Business program prepares aspiring professionals for long, successful careers in the industry through teaching you to navigate your way through the complex legalities, contracts and agreements that make up the business side of the music industry.

Whether you are a musician, artist, audio engineer, producer, aspiring studio owner or label boss, you need to know the business side of professional music if you want to successfully monetize your talents through the many streams of income available to you.

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, and understanding to execute contracts, licensing and management agreements, sync deals and live performance agreements.

With Your
Mentor

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Music Business program, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring from an established music business professional plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week depending on their schedule.

The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

With artists, A&R, entertainment lawyers, music publishers, music directors, music supervisors, music producers, record labels, performance rights organizations.

 

THE LAW, CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

Sync licensing, management agreements, live performance rights, songwriter splits, publishing.

Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

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What's Included

  • Music Business online curriculum
  • Symphonic Distribution discount code (for music distribution on all major platforms and marketing tools/services)
  • MXL Aspire Program signup link, providing student discount of up to 50% off on MXL microphones.

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

Jeramy Roberts Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeramy Roberts is an EDM producer, composer, DJ and Ableton educator located in Austin, Texas. As founder of the Electronic Musician’s Guild, his approach combines the creative and the pragmatic—an ethos that’s dedicated to helping his students get their music out into the digital marketplace and distributed on major platforms.

Jeramy has sold his songs and records in dozens of countries around the world. He has broken the Top 100 spot in numerous international sales charts and even his former students have hit #2 in Amazon’s House Top 100 while training under his direction. A loyal lover of EDM and the great local EDM scene in Austin, Jeramy Roberts is serious about helping today’s most driven and committed newcomers create productive, rewarding careers in music.

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Josquin Des Pres Producer, Composer

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Josquin Des Pres Producer, Composer

Background

Led by producer-songwriter Josquin des Pres, the Track Star Studios team is comprised of some of the best studio musicians and vocalists in the industry. Over the years, Josquin has earned the respect of his peers in various areas of the music industry. His credits include multiple songwriting collaborations with Bernie Taupin (of Elton John fame), as well as hundreds of song placements in film, TV and publishing. His production credits surpass 150 albums and CDs for various major and indie labels.

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Artists

Slightly Stoopid
Jack Johnson
Tech N9ne
The Gipsy Kings
Carly Smithson
and Ricky Skaggs
Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist)
TV Networks (Catfish
The Seven
When I Was Seventeen
Cribs
Pimp My Ride
Teen Mom
True Life
10 on Top etc.) Warner Bros
CBS
Viacom
VH1
ABC
BET
CNN
NBC
HGTV
TBS
OWN
Bravo
Food Network
Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
History Channel
Travel Channel
KPBS
TLC
CW Network
Time Warner
Universal Music
EMI
Sony
Ellen DeGeneres
Tyra Banks
George Lopez Show
Anderson Cooper
TMZ
Extra
American Chopper
Pawn Stars
Deadliest Catch etc. MasterSource
PremiumBeat
Big Fish Audio

Greg White Engineer / Producer

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Greg White Engineer / Producer

Background

At S.M.A.R.T. Productions Greg has honed his skills at producing, arranging, engineering, and gained a great deal of music business knowledge while running the studio. In 2000 Greg started the publishing company Blue Sky International Music to bring songs to his clients who needed material for their projects. In September of 2005 Greg was asked to join the Jamie Richards Band. Greg having recently been married told his wife Sara he would never go on the road again but this opportunity was too good to pass. So Greg scaled back his responsibilities at the studio and hit the road again a few days a week while still producing and engineering sessions at S.M.A.R.T. In April of 2006 Sara gave birth to their son Simon, and Greg left the Jamie Richards Band as a musician but added them as a client.

In June of 2006 Sara was surfing the net and ran across a studio for sale in Fort Worth, TX. This was the opportunity they had been waiting for. In October Greg and Sara purchased Sounds Great Productions and relocated to Fort Worth.

Since moving to Fort Worth and purchasing SG Studios in ’08, Greg has produced countless charting songs; 6 top ten singles and 3 top 5 singles on the Texas Music Chart, including #1 with Jamie Richards ‘Drive.’ In 2011, SG Studios won the Fort Worth Weekly’s critics choice for Best Recording Studio. Greg has had the honor of working in the studio with Six Market Blvd., Dustin Perkins, Cooder Graw, Gary P. Nunn, Tommy Alverson, Walt Wilkins, as well as many other Up and Coming artists in the market.

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Bernard Johnson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Bernard Johnson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Bernard Johnson or one of our mentors in the greater San Diego area.

Bernard Johnson didn’t follow the usual path to becoming a Recording Connection mentor in El Cajon, Ca. He discovered a love of mass media as a 14-year-old, entering a certification program to find out how it all came together.

After finishing the program, he began co-producing a top-ten music show in Detroit and received an award for exemplary airwave checks from the Michigan Broadcast Association. Then his career took a turn: Johnson entered the military.

After a 20-year career in the military, often leading departments with 90 people, Johnson returned to what he loved as a teenager, earning a masters in audio production. While the military can be quite regimented, Johnson was attracted to the freeform method of instruction that Recording Connection offered students. As he knows better than most, the standard course isn’t always the best course.

“When I saw (Recording Connection) model, I was like, ‘Wow, this is it. I love it.’” Johnson said. “And it allows students to have the opportunity not to feel cemented to something like, ‘This is what you need to do, this is the direction and the route you need to do it.’”

The Recording Connection Program gives you access to a professional engineer, fully-functioning studio, and hands-on education, it could also earn you a career. The Noize Factory is a perfect example of that: Johnson hired one of his former students (Efrain Matias) as a staff engineer.

But you have to work for it. Recording Connection students must be willing to put in the time, effort, and focus to get the most out of it. Johnson expects nothing less.

“I do want to say commitment, passion, perseverance, and finishing until the end,” Johnson said. “They’re not just doing something for money or just doing it ‘just because.’ They’re literally passionate about it.”

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Madison Records/The Oates Music Learn Music Business Mentor

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Madison Records/The Oates Music Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

For Wyatt Oates, it doesn’t matter if you already know a digital audio workstation inside and out, or if you’ve worked with multiple bands, or even cut a few demo tracks before. As a mentor, the technical side of making music, building a brand, and working on a portfolio will all come in time.

It’s the little things that show Oates everything he needs to know about a new Recording Connection intern. How an extern holds themself in the studio, how they interact with others, just their overall demeanor.

“The very first thing would be being on time,” Oates said. “The next thing I’m going to notice is attitude. And then it’s just walking through what they’re trying to do, try to get a feel for them.”

And when it’s time to get to work, how do the externs act? Even a technical genius on the gear needs more than being a technical genius on the gear. Local, regional, or national acts don’t want to work with a robot, they want to work with someone who makes them sound better. Who can feel the music and make the needed adjustments.

When an artist is in the studio, this is the time for the extern to take a step back and watch the professionals at work. Learn when (and why!) they push, pull, or just sit back when the artist gets in a groove. Although this is a fully immersive, hands-on learning experience, there are times when it’s best to observe.

“A good, safe starting point is being a fly on the wall, and don’t interject your opinions into what the producer is doing, for example,” Oates said. “It’s just bad form. Don’t solicit people right off the bat if you have your own music, your own productions. Treat them like normal people.

“Obviously, introduce yourself,” Oates continued. “And if they seem like a hand-shakable person, shake their hand or whatever the proper greeting is in that culture, and don’t overdo it. You should sit either at the console or back of the room, you know, leaving the sweet spot, so to speak, for the producer, engineer, artists. And just hanging out and paying attention.”

But Oates also believes you need to make yourself useful. Once you’ve learned the DAW and other technical aspects, you’ll begin to sit in on some sessions. Until then, learn to follow the cues your clients give you.

“Trying to be as proactive and predict the needs of the artist, producer, and engineer as much as possible,” Oates said. “So if you hear that somebody is coughing and is obviously thirsty, then offer to run and get them a water, and go do it.”

Take advantage of the opportunities

Stay alert during the process – the entire process. You never know when the chance to sit down and get to work will present itself. Getting the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve been learning is one of the most important parts of any Recording Connection program.

“I’ve seen a few people fall into the trap of putting their headphones on and just rocking out to some music while they’re in session,” Oates said. “You lose a lot of opportunities to be proactive and to really help the session along. I guess how I’d sum it up is, help the session along. During a recording session, do everything within your power to help the session along.”

Hands down, it’s Hands-On For The Win

“I’ve always loved the (mentor) model,” Oates said. “I came up through it myself. That’s how I learned engineering, producing, songwriting, all of that. So anytime I got a chance to help an intern or an assistant engineer up under me along the way, I always did.

“So when I found out about the Recording Connection and one of the guys called me from there to see if I would be interested in mentoring, I jumped on it,” Oates continued. “One of the things that I thought was really cool about the Recording Connection was the fact that they focus on that model. I’m just a fan of it because it works. The real-world experience is always better than classroom experience for these kinds of careers.”

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Joey Heier Learn Music Business Mentor

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Joey Heier Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Joey Heier or one of our mentors in the New Brunswick area.

Audio engineer and studio owner Joey Heier has been in the business of making music for decades. With a client list that includes names like Christina Aguilera, B.o.B., Jill Scott, and Dru Hill, Joey knows what it takes to work in music. Furthermore, he has a zeal for sharing his passion for audio with newcomers.

So much so, that he’s gotten the nickname “Uncle Joey” from our students. He maintains contact with literally dozens of our graduates, many of whom have gone on to build great careers in the music industry.

We recently asked Joey Heier why he loves mentoring for Recording Connection. Here’s what he said:

“It’s a tremendous passion for me. I enjoy doing this so much. I have a style that I believe in. I talk with my students about a textbook answer that they’re probably going to forget immediately, and then give them an ‘Uncle Joe’ definition that’s two or three words that they’re going to remember immediately. Then they’re going to understand what the textbook definition is by hearing it in a simpler fashion.

“I have great kids that come in and really, really want to do this… I have an outstanding job, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it with a smile. And that doesn’t happen with every kid, naturally—it really depends if they want to do it. But if they want to do it, I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach, and I think that’s why it works well for me.”

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Southern Eagle Music Group Learn Music Business Mentor

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Southern Eagle Music Group Learn Music Business Mentor

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RENEGADE EL REY, an audio engineer/producer with Stankonia Studios, the legendary studio started by Outkast, has been a Recording Connection mentor for a few years now. He has hired past externs and regularly keeps in touch with other students who are busy making a name for themselves in the business.

Like many of our mentors, he is more interested in working with externs that have the drive and determination to succeed rather than any particular technical skill. Digital Audio Workstations can be taught – having the right attitude can’t.

Making yourself necessary during the Audio Engineering and Music Production Program is a great way to get in the good graces of your mentor. Yes, you’re there to learn, and your mentors are there to teach. But they’re also there to work.

By taking cues from the mentor, and the artists they work with, you’ll learn more about the industry than you will from almost any book. When RENEGADE EL REY was coming up, he made himself necessary in the studio. Engineers, producers, and studio chiefs remember that.

“As far as the actual, physical work that was done, I made myself valuable,” RENEGADE EL REY SAID. “And that was one thing that my professors always told us was to always make yourselves valuable, make people want to need you for whatever the case may be, and that’s exactly what I did.”

The Recording Connection offers one thing most traditional universities or trade schools just can’t: Opportunity. By making yourself available, your mentor, other staff, and their clients will remember you as the one they can rely on for anything.

“I learned how to do several things, and that was just something that I always did,” RENEGADE EL REY said. “I don’t write my rhymes, my lyrics, but I keep pens and pencils, just different things that people need. So whenever they need something, they think to call you. I just made myself that guy, and it just took off from there.”

Make Your Own Name

That’s how he made his connections and earned his shot at Stankonia. But it’s more than just making sure everybody else has what they need. The Recording Connection program wants to help you get what you need: a job making music in the industry.

We can give you the tools, but you have to put in the work. Both in the studio with your mentor and on your own. If you wait for things to happen for you, you’ll be waiting a long time.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” RENEGADE EL REY said. “I’ve always been the type to look ahead and try to say, ‘Okay, what’s going on next and where do I need to be?’ Because things don’t happen overnight. I’m always trying to reach out to the type of people that I need to reach out to ahead of time. You’ve got to get the ball rolling one way or the other.”

The Recording Connection will place you in a one-on-one situation with music producers like RENEGADE EL REY, but what you do during that time will determine how far you go in the industry. Our most successful graduates go on to find work in the studios where they externed, other studios, and even starting their own studios.

Will you make yourself available, invaluable, and teachable? That’s what our mentors are looking for. If you’re ready to Amplify Your Life, apply today.

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Big Boi

Aaron R. Reppert Learn Music Business Mentor

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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert or one of our mentors in the greater St. Louis area.

Originally founded in 2000 by Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert, TravSonic Sound & Media has grown a lot since its early, humble beginnings. TravSonic Mobile, established in 2009, caters to a number of high profile clients in music, technology, the arts, and the corporate world. The thriving company offers a range of remote recording technologies and services for seminar, concerts, festivals, and events.

Today, TravSonic Sound & Media is an award-winning, full-service media production company serving clients from its Nashville and Overland offices.

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Rick Carson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Rick Carson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Rick Carson or one of our mentors in the greater Lincoln area.

Recording Connection mentor engineer/producer Rick Carson has a passion for teaching today’s rising talents in the world of audio. Designed by famous recording studio designer, Rod Gervais, his studio features three control rooms, world-class equipment, and has the distinction of having Nebraska’s only large format SSL mixing console.

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XLNT Sound Powerhouse mentors Parker Ament and Danny Ferrare

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XLNT Sound Powerhouse mentors Parker Ament and Danny Ferrare

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Danny Ferrare of XLNT SoundPowerhouse mentors Parker Ament and Danny Ferrare of XLNT Studios (Timbaland, Borgore, Brillz, Dan Farber, Kelly Price, Larrance Dopson of 1500 or Nothin) are the ultimate example of agile, entrepreneurial music producers who’ve got their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in electronic music production right now. The XLNT team are host of the popular YouTube web series XLNTSOUND, a must watch for those looking to capture today’s hottest sounds via plugins and specific production techniques.

Despite their easy going vibe they expect students to be receptive to learning and to take on a
“fly on the wall” posture when artists are in session in the studio. Parker says, “The first rule is: you don’t say anything unless somebody asks you. And even when they ask you, you should keep it short and sweet. You can’t kind of go on tangents, because then that might drive the session in a certain way.” In order to absorb the information that’s coming your way, he suggests “Take notes, if that’s your thing, or sit as close as you can to the screen, out of the way of the client and engineer, while really watching. Because, with every little note or trick, you’re going to be learning something new every second. Even if you think that you know everything, there’s going to be something that you didn’t know when you’re watching us or a particular engineer.”

Parker AmentSo what do Parker and Danny look for in the Recording Connection students they train? It usually comes down to one word—passion.

“Right when they walk through the door, we can see who is passionate about what they’re doing. Even if they’re shy, we can sense the passion. And I feel like that is the most important thing. If somebody is socially awkward or they don’t really know what to say during the interview or something like that, we don’t base any of that on what we’re looking for. We’re looking for passion, we’re looking for dedication, and we’re looking for somebody that is going to create their own path. So if somebody has the opportunity to extern with us, we want them to make their own path with the opportunities that we’re showing them.”

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Artists

Timbaland
Borgore
Brillz
Dan Farber
Kelly Price

Jason Phelps Learn Music Business Mentor

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Jason Phelps Learn Music Business Mentor

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Recording Connection mentor Jason Phelps is an audio engineer, producer, and musician who’s been involved in music all his life. He’s downright passionate about recording, producing, and teaching the next generation of music industry professionals. He expects the externs he trains to bring their A-game, and to listen and learn in a proactive manner.

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Music Business Mentor

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Ross Vanderslice or one of our mentors in the St. Louis area.

An engineer since 2001, Ross Vanderslice has worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry. The experience he’s gained works perfectly with what we do at Recording Connection: pairing externs with seasoned professionals for invaluable one-on-one time with a mentor.

With multiple studios and state-of-the-art equipment, Vanderslice has worked with several Recording Connection externs. Doing it right is about so much more than having the right gear, software, or equipment. Because of his experience working with internationally-known acts, Vanderslice knows how to work with artists, how to make them feel comfortable and safe within the studio environment.

Here are some of the clients with whom Vanderslice and/or the professional audio engineers at his studio have worked:

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Artists

Nelly
Black Eyed Peas
Jaden Smith
Sade
Panic! at the Disco
Waka Flocka
Tech N9ne
Ludacris
Travis Barker
Son Volt
Chuck Berry
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne
Fantasia
The Game
Jurassic 5
Ja Rule
David Banner
Jive Records
Universal Records
Interscope
Rocafella Records
RCA Records
Motown
Def Jam
Yelawolf
Hopsin
Rittz
Lil Jon
Murphy Lee
Chingy
Capitol Records
Bad Boy Entertainment
Atlantic Records

Lucas Abend Studio 369 co-founder Lucas Abend in Los Angeles.

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Lucas Abend Studio 369 co-founder Lucas Abend in Los Angeles.

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Lucas AbendAs a music producer, studio co-founder, DJ and mentor, Lucas Abend of Studio 369 (Snoop Dogg, Krewella, Sony Music) is the consummate example of the artist producer who’s constantly pushing the boundaries, breaking outdated rules and modalities and bringing the future into the now. That being said, Lucas doesn’t sustain himself on hype. Rather, he believes deeply in the importance and value of art, music making, and creative expression.

As a believer in creative expression, Lucas focuses on putting Recording Connection students’ own music and creativity at the center of the training every chance he gets. Their desire to make their own music unique helps keep them charged up for the challenges they can encounter while they learn the DAW (Pro Tools, Ableton).

“Part of it is having the challenge inspire you to keep working…That’s probably my most direct way that I’m mentoring, is helping the students find a creative workflow that works for them so that they have that motivation to spend 15 hours a week [learning]. That’s not easy. It takes some effort to spend that kind of time but once they’re spending [it], you see them get so much better. They improve so drastically that that’s kind of what makes it all worth it, is to see them improve and start to feel like, ‘Hey, actually at first when we first started I didn’t know what 4/4 meant!’”

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Artists

Snoop Dogg
Krewella
Sony Music

David Hughes, Shine On Studio Learn Music Business Mentor

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David Hughes, Shine On Studio Learn Music Business Mentor

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David Hughes, Shine On Studio

Although there are many differences between four-year universities and The Recording Connection – such as cost, length of a program, and availability, it’s the one-on-one relationship between you and your mentor that could be the most important distinction.

Sitting in a traditional school setting, students all tend to learn the same thing, usually by listening to the teacher or professor lecture from the head of the class. With Recording Connection, you’re training with a professional music producer and/or audio engineer, a mentor  who shapes the education around you.

For David Hughes, of Shine On Studio in San Francisco, developing the strengths of his externs and helping them develop in accordance with their interests and talents is what matters most.

Helping audiophiles grow into audio engineers, music producers, beatmakers, and artists isn’t something that can be done with a cookie cutter approach. Furthermore, the music business has something for everyone—many just need to find out what that something really is.

“The students I mentor at the studio are all extremely talented and gifted in many different ways,” Hughes says. “I’m seeing them mature and develop to a point where I help them focus on their strengths. I’m trying to push them in those directions, ‘That’s what you should be doing; that’s your strength.’ It’s never going to be cut and dry what you should do. It’s good to try a few different things to see where your strengths rise up.”

“Some students are good at composing. Some are good at mixing. Others are actually just good at networking. So, not everybody is cut out to sit behind the board and push buttons. A few of the students are really good at socializing and making a personal connection to people. They know how to go out and get people energized and excited about music and concerts. So I try to encourage them to focus on being out at shows and to network as they go to events.”

Understanding your strengths is what makes Hughes and other Recording Connection mentors such an important resource when working towards a career in the music industry. The technical aspects, such as learning digital audio workstations or how to properly set mics, will come in time. It’s your innate talents that can’t be taught—but we can teach you how to use them.

Opportunities in San Francisco

No matter how talented you are, success in the music business is driven as much by who you know as it is with what you know. Hughes keeps in touch regularly with his music connections and past student externs, many who have opened their own studios and launched successful music careers. He can trace much of that success back to the networking events he holds every month.

“We try to promote an audio engineer meeting once a month…That’s a big thing, to have something available for the students that are trying to come up in the industry. You can’t really succeed in this industry on your own. You do need to rely a little bit on other engineers to help you develop in the industry.

“In some situations, they might be your competitors,” Hughes continues, “But I don’t really think of them that way because everybody has their strengths and weaknesses in audio production. I have made it possible for some of the students to come and join us at these meetings and network with other engineers or music professionals in the area. This is a big door that has opened for them and I think that they are definitely taking advantage of the opportunity.”

Opportunity. That’s how Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production program differs greatly from traditional schools. By working in professional, real-world studios, you could be working with an up-and-coming local band one week, international stars the next. How you take advantage of those opportunities can help determine how far you go in the music business.

Are you ready to Amplify Your Life? Apply today.

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Mars Volta
Rich Eagle

Blue Room Productions, Conrad Osipowicz Learn Music Business Mentor

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Blue Room Productions, Conrad Osipowicz Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

Recording Connection programs are designed to put you in the middle of the action so you can soak up as much experience and information as possible. With Conrad Osipowicz, you’ll be paired with a mentor that has been in the industry for years, both in the recording studio and out.

As an audio engineer, he’s worked with The Dave Matthews Band, Dropkick Murphys, Regina Spektor, and the Pixies. He also has experience working with live audio for a large Boston radio station and helping companies test new products for music production.

“I guess I’ve always been more on the technical side of the music industry,” Osipowicz says. “I was always interested in computers and technology. I produce, too. It’s not that I exclusively engineer. I’ll produce with full bands and indie rock bands and up and coming artists here in the DC area, but I was definitely more inclined on the technical side of operations.”

Starting from the Ground Up

Although many of our externs have some experience before coming to the Recording Connection Audio Engineering & Music Production Program, it certainly isn’t a requirement. Our mentors utilize our industry-oriented curriculum to help students build a solid foundation around what the industry is looking for now, not 10 years ago. Osipowicz knows a little something about building from the ground up.

“It started as an empty room, and I slowly added equipment and software…A vocal booth from eBay, at one point the whisper room booth, a piece at a time. Just kind of recording a couple of sessions for two or three weeks and then buying a new mic on eBay. And then recording another week or two and buying a new plug-in online. Just kind of piecing together whatever I could.

The studio is honestly one of the top studios in the area…I’ve got at this point some of the best mics, best preamps, best vintage compressors. Some really unique items that you might not find at any other studio on the East Coast.”

Hands-on Experience

The most important thing is getting your hands dirty. Even with just a laptop and the right digital audio workstation, externs can start putting what they learn into practice. That’s why Osipoicz feels learning in a professional studio—not a classroom—gives people the best chance to really learn the craft.

“I am a firm believer that practicing and learning in the studio in a hands-on manner will always yield a more informed and experienced studio engineer than someone who simply learns via lectures, YouTube tutorials, discussion forums, etc…. For that reason, I often encourage my students during their lessons to record a friend’s band, or an individual singer-songwriter who might play acoustic guitar and sing, or play piano and sing.

That way, the artist can act as a guinea pig for the students, but also walk away with a professional well-mixed recording. The student gets to practice on a real recording artist in a real recording studio. Everybody wins.”

That’s what Recording Connection has to offer: Working with an industry insider on the best gear, building a portfolio, and learning how to build a studio the right way. If you’re looking to Amplify Your Life, apply to The Recording Connection today.

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Artists

Regina Spektor
Dave Matthews Band
The Pixies
Dropkick Murphys

The Root Studio, Mark Moreau Learn Music Business Mentor

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The Root Studio, Mark Moreau Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

In almost any profession, if you want to be the best, you work with the best. That’s why Recording Connection has secured some of the best audio engineers and music producers from the United States. In Washington, D.C., Mark Moreau is a two-time Grammy winner and has been working in the industry for decades.

Moreau has worked with Madonna, Rage Against The Machine, Roger Waters, and Ziggy Marley, just to name a few. As a mentor with Recording Connection, he passes that experience on to you, both on the technical side and the personal side. But, he’s careful to point out, it’s up to the student to make the most of their time with him:

“The thing that I like to see the most is that they’re just hungry for getting to the next step, and learning more, and absorbing all of that. And I think that’s a great quality and attitude that will help take them far in the long run…

The attitude of somebody who’s really open, ready to learn, eager to absorb the information and to put it into practice in their own work…. Curiosity is a big thing. When I see the students coming in, I love it when they’re full of questions like, ‘What’s that?’ and ‘Why is that going like this?’ and ‘What’s going on there?’…. You see these lightbulbs go off and the next time they come in the following week, their song that they were working on has just taken this huge leap forward.”

We’re Rooting for You

Being a mentor isn’t just a side job at Recording Connection. We are just as interested in your success as you are. Our mentors are chosen because they want to make sure the next generation of audio engineers and music producers come up with learning what the music industry needs.

“That’s neat to see and that’s a great part of being a mentor, too,” Moreau says. “Being able to help them discover those things and take it from the academic part of like, ‘This is what this thing does’ to ‘Here’s how you could actually use it for the type of music that you’re doing’ and ‘Here’s where you could get creative with it.’ That not only makes their productions better, it makes them feel better. Then they learn it on a deeper level than just like, ‘Oh, that’s what that knob does.’”

Fully Immersed from Day One

The Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program will place you with a mentor in a professional studio from the start. The recording studio is your classroom, and the curriculum is created by mentors who understand the industry from the inside. However, as we said before, the most successful externs are those that give it both heart and soul.

“One of my (externs) Nick Leupen, is a great example of that,” Moreau says. “He’s a composer/producer in the Recording Connection Ableton Electronic Music Production Program and has an insatiable appetite for learning. He’s not only on it when it comes to the course work and being a great student, but constantly curious about tips I can give him for working with other artists, etiquette with clients, and is always looking at the bigger picture of what he needs to know for his career. That’s a great sign of future success.”

Moreau is here to help Amplify Your Life. Are you ready? Apply today.

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Artists

Ziggy Marley
Madonna
Roger Waters
Rage Against the Machine

G.W. Childs Learn Music Business Mentor

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G.W. Childs Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

If you look up the phrase “Renaissance Man,” you’ll probably end up with millions of results for Leonardo da Vinci. Painter of the Mona Lisa, an expert in anatomy and physiology, and noted engineer and inventor, da Vinci would investigate an idea or notion until he became the foremost expert in the field.

But he died more than 450 years before the first digital audio workstations were even conceptualized. So instead, we’ll turn our gaze to our resident Ableton Live expert and one of the most accomplished Recording Connection mentors: G.W. Childs. He literally wrote the book i.e. co-authored our curriculum on the software, as well as the Reason and Creator curricula.  From how to get music from your imagination into your DAW, to making music for video games, to building your own electronic instruments, G.W. Childs knows and has done all of it.

He was a sound designer on Reason as well as a sound designer, composer, and voice editor for video games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords; Star Wars: Battlefront; and LucasArts’ The Force Unleashed. He was also enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he co-founded the band Soil & Eclipse. He was a songwriter, keyboardist, and producer for the electro-industrial group that found extensive airplay throughout North America and Europe in the late 90s.

He even led a recent talk about working and learning during the time of a pandemic, leading a Q&A session with noted audio engineers. The session brought in people from around the country hoping to find out how Covid-19 changed the way we look at remote learning.

If you’re looking for one of the most direct ways of starting a career in the music business, Recording Connection will place you in a one-on-one situation with Childs or other industry insiders. You’ll learn how to work with a DAW, how to run a studio, how to work with artists, and even the business side of being an audio engineer or music producer.

“Really take advantage of the lessons,” Childs says. “The more time you put into the course, the more content it’s possible for you to create. That really is building your own brand. So that’s the first thing: the more you put into it, the more that you’ll get back from it.

“I’m not just talking about the education you get,” Childs added. “Literally, what you walk away with is part of your discography now. That’s huge. It’s something that goes on the resume now. So if you have the opportunity to make five song sketches that week that you could use for the entirety of the course, do the five sketches.”

And it will take time, drive, and determination. However, when you enroll in the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program, you’ll have the guidance of experienced mentors like Childs.

“There are certain things that you have to have within a song,” Childs says. “Just the same way there’s certain things you have to have in a haiku, or in a poem, or even in a paragraph, or even in an essay. You got to have an intro, you got to have the meat of it, and you have to have the ending. And that’s just the basic form of it. And everybody wants those parts of it, but how do you do it well?”

Want to find out? Amplify Your Life by applying today.

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Artists

LucasArts
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords

Shane Anderson Producer

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Shane Anderson Producer

Background

Shane Anderson is a seasoned music industry veteran. With over 20+ years in the music industry Shane has vast experience in production, recording, mixing and mastering as well as the ins and outs of the music business. Shane began his musical career in his early teens as a demo vocalist for labels and also as a sound engineer for the MUZAK corporation. At age 18 he opened his first studio location in Honolulu, HI called “Unique Studios” and oversaw the daily operations of the recording studio as well as landing several indie label deals and distribution agreements while in Hawaii working with local talent. In 2009 Shane released a solo album titled “Dangerous”. This album took off online primarily on MYSPACE and gained much success with over 2.5 Million plays worldwide landing him on BILLBOARD NEWSWIRE and ultimately landing him several placements on TV shows to include “The Kardashians” “MTV” “E- Networks” and Oxygen to name a few.

Shane moved down to Los Angeles 2010 where he formed with his long-time high school friend a production company called “The Go Gettas” where he continued to build on his credits and catalog working with artist who have been on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing with The Stars and Disney to name a few. After landing multiple placements in Film/TV Shane relocated to the Sacramento area in 2016 to build on Unique Recording Studios and help bridge the gap between artist and the industry.

Shane runs Unique Recording Studios as a production label, distribution company and recording studio for artist to create and focus on their art. Unique Recording Studios has also newly launched an exciting new venture at URS called “The Collective” which will allow producers, engineers, songwriters and artist to collaborate in house at Unique Recording Studios to work together to create music and promote building a large collaborative catalog of music to submit to labels, publishers, music supervisors and overall decision makers in the music industry. This will provide a great opportunity for students who complete their coursework at the recording connection.

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Artists

MTV
Spike TV
Oxygen
E-Networks
BET
The Kardashians
The Fosters
Taking the Stage
Washington Heights
Bad Girls Club
Disney
Make a Wish Foundation
The Truth
Michael Lynche
Mark Ballas
Stephanie Scott
Spun
Alex Mauricio
Amara Jean
AJ Green
Slo-L
CRBL
Missy Crissy
Simplu
Grasu XXL
Maria Cozette

Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios Learn Music Business Mentor

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Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

The manager and chief engineer at Miller Street Studios, Joe “Dante” Delfino has established himself as one of the top audio engineers in Chicago. Working with established mega-groups like Wu-Tang Clan as well as up-and-comers like Ta’Rhonda Jones, Delfino sees the benefits of the Recording Connection mentor programs.

“Out here in Chicago, we have Columbia College which is a big music school,” Delfino said. “I’ve had interns that have gone four years there, and they came in here and didn’t even know how to basically run a Pro Tools session.

“It’s a big difference when you’re learning with somebody who is actually doing this for a living and in the industry right now versus in a classroom where it may be somebody that doesn’t have that much real-world experience or has been out of it for a number of years. Definitely more beneficial that you’re learning with somebody that’s actually doing it.”

Learn More Than The Gear

While some classes may teach you how to work with Ableton Live or Logic Pro, how to place your monitors for optimal performance, or even the differences in mics, the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program give you something no book can: Opportunities.

You won’t be working with every act that comes into the Miller Street Studios. But when your chance to sit in on a session finally arrives, this is the time to shine. An impressive performance by you may make a connection with the artists, who may pass your name on to other artists. In the music industry, if you don’t get your name out there, no one will.

“One of the most important things I try and teach (is) you can’t rely on anybody to give you clients,” Delfino says. “There are tons of engineers graduating from all sorts of programs all the time. There are thousands of guys that are not going to be doing this full time for that simple fact.”

Impress your mentor during your time with Recording Connection and you could get more opportunities to work with clients. The more people that know your name—and your talent— the easier it will be to bring people into the studio. That will really impress the studio chiefs.

“You got to get out there, hit the pavement and shake hands, hand out business cards, and get people talking about you,” Delfino said. “That’s one of the things I really kind of push these guys on is, don’t just rely on me to give you sessions; do some of the footwork yourself too. That’ll speed up the process. That is how I really was able to start my own business because I had gone out, done the footwork, promoted myself, and gotten clients that wanted to work with me.”

Learn from The Inside

Recording Connection programs are designed to give you access to the industry and learn it from the inside. In fact, many mentors hire externs after they finish the program – or even during the program! Delfino likes having potential hires under his tutelage because he knows they’ll be taught the right way.

“I think having the ability to be able to teach these guys exactly the way you run your business and the tools that you’re using in the studio is really key,” Delfino says. “Because that’s not really something you can teach in a classroom. I’ve already hired a couple of people, students that have gone through the Recording Connection.”

We can’t guarantee you’ll be hired right off the bat. But what we can guarantee is you’ll learn how to work in a studio, how to interact with acts, and learn the gear used in the music production business. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. Ready to Amplify your life? Apply today.

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Artists

Wu-Tang Clan
Lecrae
Vic Mensa, Ta’Rhonda Jones


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The Recording Connection audio school alternative is now enrolling students for our Music Business Program

Ask Yourself…

School of Music Business+ Do you dream of having an exciting career as a band manager, record executive, music mogul or other music industry professional?
+ Do you get excited about new bands and artists and wish you had the resources to help them reach a larger audience?
+ Are you obsessed with the idea of producing new artists in the recording studio, helping them craft high-quality records to reach the masses?
+ Are you already managing a few local acts, but you want to “turn pro” with it?
+ Do you already think of yourself as a professional band manager or music mogul but need more music industry connections to take it to the next level?
+ Does the passion burn inside you to be part of the music industry? Do you dream of discovering new talent and watching the world sing their songs?
+ Are you serious enough about your dreams that you are willing to put in the hard work it’s going to take in order to succeed?

Music Business Course Outline

Lesson 1 – What is the Music Business?

The professional side of the music business gets talked about a lot but few understand the many facets that actually make up the multi-tiered machine. From getting the right people in the room, to marketing, promoting, and protecting artists, to making deals, we’ll delve into one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-paced industries to uncover how the various positions and departments work together to bring music to the world and make it a profitable enterprise for artists, writers, labels and the many professionals on their team.

Lesson 2 – A&R

Artists and repertoire or “A&R” as it is commonly called, is the department that’s responsible for scouting, signing, and developing artists for the record label as well as liaising with the label’s departments on behalf of the artists themselves. Nowadays, the job of scouting for talent can consist of tracking particular artists, genres, and sub-genres prior to courting, pitching, and ultimately signing artists to the label. A&R’s will typically spend a lot of time with the artists they represent during the courting process in order to develop clear communication and trust between the artist and label.

Lesson 3 – Record Labels – Marketing

It is the marketing department’s job to oversee the creation and development of effective marketing plans to promote new releases by the artists signed to the record label. Marketing plans commonly contain the “four P’s” of the marketing mix as well as a development plan and metrics on the product life cycle. This department works closely with Promotion, Publicity, and Sales.

Lesson 4 – Record Labels – Publicity

So how does a record label get the word out about new artists? How do they grab people’s interests? In today’s world, the publicity department is always finding new ways to connect artists to the right listeners, i.e. future fans and consumers of their music. Professionals in publicity at a record label will generally work in-tandem with the artist’s own publicist to secure media coverage, manage image, and consistently build and maintain vital industry connections.

Lesson 5 – Record Labels – Promotion

The promotion department focuses its energy on securing radio play for the record label’s newest releases. It may sound strange but someone in promotions had to sit down at a radio station and explain why songs by artists like Eminem, Ludacris, and Outkast needed to be played on the air. Times are changing with more artists being discovered online, nevertheless, securing radio play is still the most effective way of bringing new artists and new music to hungry listeners. Got charisma? Here’s just one area where you can use it bigtime.

Lesson 6 – Record Labels – Sales

It’s the job of the sales department to oversee all of the retail aspects of the label. This includes working closely with the promotions team to price product as well as liaising with distribution, marketing, and publicity to ensure successful product rollout. Distribution now includes physical as well as digital distribution channels such as iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, etc.

Lesson 7 – Record Labels – Legal / Business Affairs

At a record label the business affairs department handles finances, budget, payroll, and bookkeeping. Meanwhile, it’s the legal department’s responsibility to handle contracts between the record label and the artists they have signed and to handle lawsuits between the label and other parties. Contracts between the label and artist including major deal points, terminology, common clauses, and considerations will be explored.

Lesson 8 – Music Publishers

What do music publishers do? The long and short of it is that music publishers are either copyright owners or copyright administrators who license copyrights to the entities or companies that require music. Music publishing companies ensure that the entities that play the music pay for the music. In other words, they collect and distribute the money earned every time an artist’s song is played. We’ll also delve into the various departments within publishing including the Sync Department, Publishing A&R, Administration, Legal & Business Affairs, and Marketing.

Lesson 9 – Artist Managers

What does an artist manager do? Answer: a lot! An artist’s manager is responsible for virtually everything, from making the schedule, to setting up collaborative sessions with other artists and producers, to negotiating various deals, maintaining social media and websites, communicating with various team members, and more. This is one non-stop position that’s not for the faint of heart.

Lesson 10 – Songwriter and Producer Managers

Like artist managers, songwriter and producer managers handle all of the business and administrative work so that the creative work can continue without disruption. A manager’s job includes creating and securing opportunities for various film and production deals, managing scheduling, negotiating deal terms and production fees, billing, planning long-term goals, and more. Commissions, management contracts, and common clauses will be covered.

Lesson 11 – Music Business Midterm

PREPARE FOR YOUR MIDTERM WITH HELP FROM YOUR MENTOR.
You’re nearly there! Take the time to go over the many things you’ve learned thus far. Have questions? Revisit the past lessons in the curriculum, and then if you still have questions, ask your mentor. You’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about the music business in a relatively short period of time. Rather than get nervous, get excited. We want this to be as stress-free as possible.

Lesson 12 – The Creative Process

Although this course is not about music production, understanding the creative process behind making music will enable you to develop meaningful connections with the artists and the many producers, engineers, musicians and songwriters you’ll meet and work with. By understanding the various phases involved from concept to creation and ultimately, release, you can be aware of the needs each stage presents to artists and the various music professionals involved on a project. Armed with this knowledge, you can proceed in a prepared and responsive manner. From songwriting, to demo, to recording, post, and rollout, we break down the creative process behind today’s songs.

Lesson 13 – Artist Contracts

Well-executed artist contracts are an essential component of an artist’s career in music. Considering how busy professional recording artists can be with songwriting, collaborating, recording and touring, it’s easy to see how dictating the finer points of a contract may get lost in the shuffle. Artists should be empowered to make informed choices that protect their own interests. Thanks to the many resources available to us today, it’s never been easier to get savvy and stay savvy about artist contracts including common points of negotiation, recoupable costs, common clauses, point distribution, and royalty escalations.

Lesson 14 – Agreements

Alas, the exciting, relationship-fueled world of music cannot run on handshakes alone. Agreements between artist, producer, and record label make it possible for all parties to get paid in accord with what they have deemed as fair as laid out in the terms of their contracts. In this chapter, we will discuss common agreements including: work for hire, side artist agreements, producer’s deals, and producer fees and advances.

Lesson 15 – Social Media

In our superfast world, connecting artists with the very same people who are likely to become fans of their work via social media has never been more important. Today’s listeners tend to expect more than generations past when it comes to accessing artist’s songs and relating with them in a way that feels authentic. Furthermore, labels, both big and small, tend to look for artists who are already making a splash via social media. In this chapter, we’ll explore choosing the right platform, content, and practices for amplifying and artist’s voice and reach.

Lesson 16 – Copyright

Protect thyself! In this chapter we’re digging into what’s protected by copyright and what isn’t. Common questions about copyrights will be answered and we’ll discuss: eligibility, terminology, compulsory licenses, Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, trademark vs. copyright, registration, terms of infringement, options for recourse and more.

Lesson 17 – Independently Monetizing Music with Symphonic Distribution

The music industry is changing fast. The work that used to require a whole department full of staff can now be done by a few industrious folks with fast internet connections. As a result, more and more artists are choosing to go the DIY route when it comes to marketing their music and taking charge of their own careers. For those in the know, generating revenue from one’s music has never been more achievable. In this chapter we’ll delve into the many tools and services available today. We’ll also meet Janette Berrios, Director of Marketing at Symphonic Distribution, and get her insight on how to independently distribute and monetize music.

Lesson 18 – Merchandising

All physical products aside from the actual CDs or records themselves fall under merchandise or “merch.” For decades, providing fans with t-shirts, accessories, and luxury products has been a very lucrative income stream for record labels and artists. From KISS’s extensive catalog of memorabilia, to Chance the Rapper’s 3 Hat, for many merch is where it’s at! In this chapter we’re getting into the principles of merchandising so that you’ll know what it takes to be a revenue generating superstar.

Lesson 19 – Performing Rights Organizations and Publishing

Also known as PROs, Performing Rights Organizations and music publishing companies are largely responsible for tracking performed or played performances and protecting the musical copyrights of artists by policing the forums under their charge to ensure monies are collected and distributed to artists and songwriters. Various organizations oversee various forums. We’ll discuss the main PROs in the U.S. including ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange as well as copyright registration for musical compositions.

Lesson 20 – Music Business Final Exam

PREPARE FOR YOUR FINAL WITH HELP FROM YOUR MENTOR.
Can you believe it?! You’ve made it through our in-depth music business program. Now is the time to really think about and review what you’ve learned. Have questions? Revisit the past lessons in the curriculum. If you still have questions, ask your mentor.

Armed with the knowledge you’ve gained, you’ll be prepared to keep on moving forward, learning, building and gaining insight all the while. Being proactive is a crucial ingredient for any career in music so take charge and set yourself up for success.


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THE RECORDING CONNECTION: WHAT IS IT?

The Recording Connection is the alternative to conventional audio school which trains its students in the arts of recording and music production inside real recording studios all over the world. We will place you as a working apprentice (extern) under a real music producer, audio engineer, studio owner or other music industry professional for one-on-one training on the job.

The Recording Connection is the ONLY school alternative in the world that trains all its students inside actual, working recording studios.

The Recording Connection is backed by hundreds of music industry professionals around the world, including some of the biggest names in the industry, who both endorse us and teach our students for us.

In other words—The Recording Connection is literally the starting point of your career as a music industry professional! We’re the only school that connects you to the industry by training you inside of it.

DON'T BE FOOLED—GET REAL, AND BE SMART ABOUT YOUR FUTURE:

Ordinary music schools charge you big money to stick you inside crowded classrooms with a bunch of other people who, like you, have little or no connection to the actual music industry. At The Recording Connection, we take a whole different approach: for a lot less money and we place you in a real recording studio where industry connections are the norm! What’s more, for that low tuition, you are trained one-on-one by someone who is actually part of the industry.

WHY DO WE DO THIS? SIMPLE: AS FAR AS WE KNOW, CLASSROOMS HAVE PRODUCED AND RECORDED ZERO HIT RECORDS. MEANWHILE, RECORDING STUDIOS HAVE PRODUCED AND RECORDED ALMOST ALL OF THEM.

Don’t waste time or money as a student at college; become an apprentice (extern) inside a real recording studio. The most direct path to becoming a band manager, record executive or music mogul probably doesn't start by sitting in a trade school classroom. The place to learn it is inside the industry itself, and the people qualified to teach you are real music industry professionals! It’s as simple as that.

The Recording Connection program is flexible, and can be completed in as little as 6-9 months, depending on where you are at in your career and with your schedule. Regardless of your current knowledge or skill level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), our unique approach will work for you. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING TO APPLY, and one of our Admissions Counselors will gladly answer all your questions.

We’re not trying to brag here, but when we say no school or audio program even comes close to what we are offering you…we mean it. There’s a reason why so many music industry professionals endorse us and teach for us—they know we have the goods! There’s just no reason to go deep into debt for a classroom trade school or college program when we can actually help you get where you want to go for a fraction of that money. We want to help you take your career to the professional level. We want you break you into the music industry as a future manager or executive, and we’re the ONLY school alternative that does it the way we do.

Now you know about us—it’s time for us to learn more about you! What are your dreams?  What are your career goals for a future in the music industry? Tell us. We can help. Your life is waiting.

Apply below and get started.

 

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