Going for “Golden”

It was an epic day at the Empire State Building when the King of Bachata Romeo Santos announced his support of Notes for Notes.  The Bronx native, whose new album “Golden” dropped on the world the following day, celebrated his generous support of our Brooklyn (and forthcoming Bronx) Studio at a “flipping of the switch” ceremony at the Empire State Building. Romeo’s support of our New York programming marks the most generous gift we’ve received since opening the Brooklyn Studio as well as the first Latin artist to partner with us.

Today at the Empire State Building we showcased a wonderful program that continues to emphasize something that is near and dear to my heart, the gift of music. Notes for Notes ~Romeo Santos via Facebook

In the lobby of one of the country’s most iconic buildings defining the NYC skyline we stood for dozens of camera’s capturing the moment. A group of some of our most talented Brooklyn members were in attendance to celebrate the partnership. Standing next to one of the most successful Latin musicians on the scene our members got a glimpse of where a fellow New York musician can go.  That night ESB’s lights synced to his newest single, Carmin, making Romeo the first Latin musician to receive the honor.

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It’s nearly impossible to describe the feeling of how far Notes for Notes has come to receive such an honor. Ten years ago we could have never imagined that the opening of one studio in Santa Barbara would lead to 17 studios nationwide and the support of one of Latin’s biggest stars.  As Notes for Notes is a testament to dreams coming true so was this event for our members who got a taste of what is to come if they continue to follow the music.

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Thank you to Romeo, Roc Nation, the Empire State Building team and all those who in attendance to share is such a monumental day. Thank you for making our 10th anniversary a “Golden” one!

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N4N in The City of Rock ‘N’ Roll

If you are in Cleveland you can visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame AND the Notes for Notes™ Studio and the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland. Notes for Notes was honored to open the Cleveland studio thanks to the support of the Hot Topic Foundation as well as locally based Audio Technica. At the time of the opening back in May of 2016, this marked our 12th studio and the first of the year. Generously built by Turner Foundation and led by Mitch Zaharewicz the studio was built perfectly to the N4N designs making this one of our nicest and largest studios to date.

You see, rock and roll isn’t a career or hobby – it’s a life force. It’s something very essential~The Edge

We’ve been at since May rocking and rolling with studio sessions, jam sessions, lessons, podcasts and more. As you’ve heard a thousand times before, our studios would be nothing without our team. Ryan Easter, a Cleveland native and grandson of a Cleveland Indian first basemen, is the difference maker of this studio. A pro behind the board and producer extraordinaire, Ryan is an incredible asset to the N4N team but especially to the youth that come to the studio every day for a dose of music… and life.

Take the studio for a spin with the Google Tour above!

The Cleveland studio is the genesis of an introduction from Dusty Peugeot who in addition to sitting on the Club’s board is the brother of our very own team member Kristin Myers. A few conversations later and we were finding ourselves right at home working with the wonderful BGC organization run by CEO Ron Soeder. This is also one of the few clubs we’ve been fortunate enough to work with that has such a robust dedicated arts program, led by the incomparable Matt Bott! When we shared with our partners at Hot Topic (Joe Emory of course!) that we wanted to open in Cleveland they were extremely supportive providing the resources to open this studio, they even chipped in the man power providing employees from the local stores to volunteer to build some exciting Ikea furniture.

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Hot Topic team volunteering on the studio build

This studio also marks the first and only location to feature an Audio Technica Mix Room! Thanks to one of our longest supporting sponsors AT who has sponsored every one of our studios with the BEST mics and headphones, this studio represents a flagship arsenal of the AT line from the wireless guitar and mic setups to top of line broadcast mics. This studio is set UP! It also features custom GIK acoustic panels  with printed AT products showcased. In the words of The Dude “It really ties the room together”. Extra special thanks to our microphone angel Roxanne Ricks!

This studio is set UP! Thanks to Audio Technica

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Since the opening in May it has been a steady (at times overwhelming) flow of youth coming through the studio. Check out this great article on the opening from Cleveland.com. Be sure to follow all the incredible updates like this ONE from the N4N Cleveland Studio Page that features blogs, music, schedules and the ability to chat with Ryan directly about getting in the studio. So next time you are in Cleveland and after (or before) you’ve checked out the miles of historic guitars at the Rock Hall please stop in and say hi at the studio and hear the next generation making hits!

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There were a lot of times in our lives where people doubted us, told us we’re not good at anything, and my sisters, they gave up. But I didn’t. And they told me that even though they gave up that I should keep going to keep our legacy going.
~ Dayshanna, 15

A Positive Influence on N4N

We were extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke yesterday. Alan was a very talented actor as America’s patriarch on ‘Growing Pains’ but most importantly he was a husband and a father off screen. At Notes for Notes we were honored to have spent a little time with Alan since his son Robin was our very first artist to visit our very first Studio in the Boys & Girls Club Studio of Santa Barbara.  A proud father in the background watching his son engage with our members, passing on knowledge I’m sure he imparted on his sons.

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Alan’s wife Tanya was very welcoming to Notes for Notes in Santa Barbara and helped make the visit with Robin possible. That visit marked the beginning of a connection with the Thicke family because we also met Alan’s youngest son, Carter. Carter would be introduced to Notes for Notes that day and later return as a volunteer. Still in high school but an accomplished guitar player, he would volunteer teaching at our SB West location and was a welcome addition to the team and wonderful personality to have in the studio. It was always a joy to catch up with Alan when he would come to pick up Carter from the studio.

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It is a testament of a great father when his sons strive to make a positive influence in the world around them. We were lucky to see that first hand when Robin and Carter were so generous with their time to the next generation in our Santa Barbara Studios. We were honored to know Alan just a little bit and our organization is all the better for it. Our sincere condolences to the Thicke Family.

N4N Arrives in The Big Easy

It’s amazing it has taken us this long to arrive in a city so synonymous with music.  For those that have been you know that the city doesn’t know how to be quiet but it’s not just constant noise, it’s constant music! Any street corner at any time can be the scene of a rousing jazz jam from consummate professionals or young musicians cutting their teeth in the historic capital of jazz. Side note: if you’ve never been make a point of hanging around Frenchmen street for the hotspot of the aforementioned scene.

I remember a conversation Rod and I had back in 2012 about which city would be our next. The duel was between Detroit and NOLA, both worthy and musically iconic in their own right. Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation at the time we were lucky to pursue developing Detroit first, however, our focus has never wavered to make it to this great city. On September 6th, 2016 we opened the doors to the NOLA Notes for Notes® Studio at the NFL-YET Clubhouse in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana.  We were honored to welcome our generous partners from the CMA Foundation as well as country star Eric Paslay to help upon the studio. For those that have been to an N4N grand opening you know we do things a little differently; no ribbon cutting here, we strum the first guitar!  This was the first opening in which we had a DOUBLE strum to open the studio with Eric Paslay and Matt Owens of Clark Construction.

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Matt Owens and Clark Construction are the saviors of Notes for Notes® NOLA, without them the studio would still be a distant dream of ours.  We were extremely lucky in 2015 to be introduced to Clark Construction and receive their support as they built out the Ventura Studio. Clark Construction’s corporate culture is unsurpassed by any contractor we have ever seen. They’re commitment to the communities where they live and work is absolutely amazing and we are so lucky that they stepped in to help make this studio a reality. We were lucky to meet Matt thanks to an intro from our (guitar playing) friend at Clark Construction, Mike Moore.  Led by Matt and a very dedicated team including Chris Fava, Wes Nash, Andrew Bichof, Jacob Auer, Brandon Brown, Chad Smith and many more very generous contractors, the studio was transformed over 3 weeks in a hot Louisiana August into the studio you see below.

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We are incredibly grateful to the Clark Construction, Matt Owens and the incredible team that made this studio a reality. We call this our first “Craftsman” studio because of the attention to detail that was paid to our original design. The stage and accents around the studio were custom made by wood burning, texturizing with a chain, and staining wood to give the studio a truly special touch. While our job is to open and run these studios, for Matt and his team this was purely a charitable gift to the NOLA community.  They were often in the studio until 10 at night if not later, let alone coming in on the weekends! The music that is coming out of and will continue to be for years and years is in huge part thanks to these guys!

This studio marked our 14th location and 6th studio supported by the CMA Foundation. We are so appreciative that Tiffany, Joe, and Victoria with the CMA Foundation made the trip to celebrate the opening as well as Eric Paslay and Wrabel. We were lucky to meet Eric this past CMA Fest where he visited our pop-up studio at FanX but glad he was able to see a full studio and hang with some aspiring musicians at the same time! While we strummed the first guitars (actually Eric and Matt did), gave out Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Records, and welcomed our very first members through the studio doors that day we feel like we will never be able to thank those who have made it possible. We only hope that as more youth enter everyday and are able to explore, create, and record music that that will be the ultimate thank you!

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The NOLA Studio features many firsts; the LED lit track room, Craftsman stage, and the Presonus Mix Room. As a supporter of Notes for Notes since 2014 (and a Louisiana based company in Baton Rouge) Presonus provided their state-of-the-art equipment (16.0.2, Eres 8s, Air 10s, and AR12 Mixer) to this hometown location. To honor their support we’ve unveiled the very first Presonus Mix Room! We are very grateful for the technological sonic advances of Presonus as well as their gift to the next generation of musicians.  The NOLA Studio like all our other locations are generously equipped thanks to Casio, DW Drums, Zildjian, Audtio Technica, Native Instruments, Gibson Foundation, Dell, GIK Acoustics, and Novation.  We are also grateful for the support of Kim Bentson, Bentson Kauth Foundation, and Chevron.

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eg4_0774-1At Notes for Notes® we are all about people. We are looking forward to a long lasting partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Louisiana and all of their team (Carlos, Sid, & Thomas).  Our studio would just be a room full of gear was it not for our team comprised of NOLA Relations, Shannon O’Toole and Program Director, Justen Williams.  Justen is in the studio everyday inspiring and challenging the next generation of musicians. You may recognize Justen from his very popular Youtube tutorials; needless to say we are extremely lucky to have such a qualified team member at the studio’s helm.  Outside the Studio, Shannon is building the connections that will make our NOLA presence known. She knows how to get it done and has been doing an incredible job making friends throughout the musical community. We are lucky to have such a dedicated team, partners, and supporters who all have worked so hard to make this studio available to NOLA youth… for FREE. We invite you to come check out the studio, get involved, and experience the talent that is already emerging!

Some photos courtesy of Erika Goldring

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Studio Build Blog: Twin Cities

Notes for Notes is excited to announce Studio #15 in the Twin Cities (technically St. Paul, MN) softly opening to youth in December 2016. The new Notes for Notes Studio powered by the CMA Foundation is located at the Al Lenzmeier Clubhouse at the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities. Funds for the construction of the studio were provided by a Lowes & BGCA Renovation Across the Nation grant.  We are excited to work along side John Hardeman and his team at the Club as well as the organization’s leadership to provide youth of the Twin Cities with an environment to explore, create, and record music for FREE.


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The Twin Cities Studio marks our 15th Studio in 12 cities (8 States) around the country and wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the CMA Foundation, Bentson Kauth Foundation and our instruments and equipment sponsors; Gibson Foundation, Casio, Audio Technica, DW Drums, Native Instruments, Dell, Stagg, GIK Acoustics, Presonus, Novation, and Zildjian.

Check out some slides of the recently finished Studio:

While the finished studio marks our most ambitious build to date, “Custom” as we call it, it was not without an aggressive week of unpacking, inventory, building, troubleshooting, plugging in, multiple Home Depot runs, and Orange and Red Powerade! Below you will find a tale of the build.

Jarrad and I landed on a Thursday and after a successful Ikea run, including a lunch of Swedish meatballs, we made our way to the studio where a Raiders of the Ark warehouse of boxes awaited us. Where in the world (of boxes) is Jarrad?

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The poster walls in all N4N studios has become a trademark so when the space lacked a drywall to poster over we had to create our own poster ready wall. We did so by building panels raised from the wall, which in addition to having some mild acoustic properties gave us the opportunity to get even more “custom”. Behind the panels are red lights remote controlled to add the ultimate vibe to our poster wall boasting a variety of artists from all generations and genres. Front and center is the Twin Cities favorite son; RIP Prince.

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I mentioned we went extremely “custom” on this build which in addition to an N4N first with the illuminated poster wall included backlit signs denoting each room. The Track Room was not spared any vibe boasting color changing LEDs, GIK Panels, and an abundance of acoustic foam.

20161113_133550After an aggressive four days on the ground Jarrad and I handed the Studio to our COO, Raymond Jacobs to plug everything in so that it didn’t just look good but sounded so too. The Studio install has multiple phases but the most rewarding is finally getting to unbox the gear and lay it out. Prior to that we were buried in boxes and packing material with what felt like no end in sight. By day four it started to come together and we were able to fly home with a true sense of accomplishment and excitement for the youth to see the space for the first time on Monday.

While the design was modified slightly, here is how it stacks up to the original vision as we designed it in Sketchup:

This new studio marks the start of a wonderful partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities!

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And me taking a photo of Jarrad taking this photo.

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New Studio Development: Denver, CO

Notes for Notes is excited to be partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver on a new Notes for Notes Studio at their Cope Clubhouse. The Studio will feature all the musical amenities N4N is known for as well as incorporating the history and music community of Denver. One never knows if THE NEXT Ryan Tedder, Lumineers, or Fray are ready to record their career launching first track in the upcoming studio… followed by a performance at Red Rocks! We anticipate a grand opening within the 1st quarter of 2017.

Special thanks to Clark Construction for all their help in the studio build process!


For a Twin Cities Construction Update, please Click Here.


Check out this 3D rendering of the studio to be:

Let the Sonic Adventure Begin!

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I used to have a Calculator watch, I got it for Christmas one year in elementary school (I swear NOT to cheat on math tests, although it probably would’ve helped because I’m horrible at math). I felt like sleuth Dick Tracy. No matter how you calculate it, those watches were cool and at 32 years old I’d still rather have one over a smartwatch… but now I see Casio in a whole different “back lit” light than I used to! Before I ever picked up a musical instrument that digital wrist computer was all I knew of the company that has NOW so generously outfitted Notes for Notes current (and upcoming studios) with incredible digital pianos and synthesizers. I’m sure there are teams of white coat scientists developing (and sporting calculator watches) Casio’s insanely beautiful sounding instruments but I’m fortunate enough to know the wonderful people behind this company that believe with a passion the importance of creating more musicians in and for this world.

A little trip in the way back machine…As a youth I wanted to compose film scores but without the ability to read music I was left behind in traditional music education. If all I knew I needed was a digital piano or synthesizer like the PX-5S and XW-G1 to explore creating all sort of synthesized sound by ear I might have been on a whole different path. Alas, while that was not the trajectory of my musical path it does explain a bit about the “why” of Notes for Notes. The power of a synthesizer holds a place in my heart because hopefully the youth we (and Casio) serve with this gear just may find something that unlocks their passion to explore music further. The sounds these instruments create will be that of dreams (literally and figuratively- what is the sound of a dream, hmmmm?) A young person can step up to these instruments and just explore a universe of sounds. Just as an astronomer has a telescope, our musicians have a synthesizer. Let the sonic adventure begin!

Now, it was the summer of ’12 in Nashville, TN: Summer NAMM! I was lucky enough to connect with some wonderful people from Casio’s Musical Instrument division who were our first advocates helping get CTK7000s into every one of our studios at the time. Fast forward to 2015, Notes for Notes biggest year of growth to date with 8 studios slated to open around the country all boasting the latest and loudest Casio digital pianos and synthesizers. On track, we’ve opened the first 5 in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Ventura, Atlanta, and Detroit with Austin, Cleveland, and San Diego on the way. It is with great pleasure that every Notes for Notes Studio is equipped with a Casio offering youth, who may not even know they are musicians yet, the opportunity to explore sonic universes for the very first time.
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In the sweltering Atlanta heat on July 18, 2015, Notes for Notes had the coolest place in town: The new Notes for Notes Studio at the Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club! On this day we were honored to welcome award winning country artist Hunter Hayes to open the studio with the rocking of the first song. Now that the studio was open it was #TimeToRock and thanks to Casio we had the instruments AND the time. We were honored to present Vice-President of Casio’s Music Instrument Division, Stephen Schmidt with a Diamond Record for their continued support and in turn he presented some of the next generation of musicians (and Dick Tracy’s) with some calculator watches.

In August, we triumphantly opened (after nearly 3 years in development) our first Detroit Studio in a wonderful partnership with Mitch Albom and his S.A.Y Detroit Play Center. Christening the studio, in addition to a community of wonderful supporters locally and nationally, was country artist (and Michigan native) Frankie Ballard who shared his energy, stories, and music with the next generation of hit makers. The new Detroit studio boasts some incredible and unique resources unlike any other Notes for Notes Studio such as the Kid Rock Wall and Mojo in the Morning Broadcast Station BUT it of course has all the staples including guitars, drums, DJ gear, full studio… and Casio keyboards. Check out the virtual tour of this new space!
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At Notes for Notes Studios in San Francisco might be the next Ron “Pigpen” Mckernan; in Brooklyn the next Billy Joel; in Ventura the next Sara Bareilles; in Atlanta the next Jermaine Dupri; in Detroit the next Steve Wonder; but one thing is for sure there would not be a musical future for any of our members without the generous support and passion for sound of Casio!

The Difference Can be Heard

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Country! In Notes for Notes® world there are a couple of ways in which we are: supported by it (thanks to the CMA Foundation) and expanding across it! We just opened our 11th studio (Detroit) in our 5th state. This expands our arsenal of FREE after-school recording studios across Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Francisco, CA; Nashville, TN; Brooklyn, NY; Atlanta, GA; and Detroit, MI. As we expand across the country with support from donors and foundations like CMA and Hot Topic that share our vision of “Producing Tomorrow’s Musicians℠” we would be quite quiet if it were not for the plethora of instruments and gear the studios are so generously equipped with. At our core, we are a recording studio… the place where you create. The creative road is paved with discovery and that discovery is made possible with the right tools in the Mix Room thanks to PreSonus. The company we’ve come to know as one of our biggest supporters by equipping our studios with Digital Mixers, Professional Monitors, and state-of-the-art software is a company that also understands the roots of music. Based in Baton Rouge, LA and culturally (and geographically) the mid point between the Cajun sound of Lafayette, LA and the Jazz of New Orleans PreSonus is watering those roots by supporting Notes for Notes and the next generation of musicians growing up in our studios. We are very thankful to be working with a company that has equipped every one of our five studios built this year and devoted to making sure the next generation is learning on the best to be their best!

Thank you PreSonus! We hear the difference and we hope you too can hear the difference you are making!

Notes for Notes®

P.S. We are coming to your neck of the woods in 2016…

Mixing Freedom

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Engineers are often the unsung heroes of our favorite music, so imagine the forgotten workhorses at their fingertips… the gear! We owe our new found wireless mixing freedom to the Presonus StudioLive RM 16. While it is just out of sight (in the photo above) the RM 16 is ever present because without it this would have been a pretty quiet opening to our newest Notes for Notes® Studio in Atlanta.

For those that don’t know, Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios (inside Boys & Girls Clubs and after-school facilities) packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studios offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create, and record music.

When building out our studios there are (what feels like) a million pieces to orchestrate, however, the addition of the RM to our arsenal of equipment has solved some pretty huge hurdles. Unlike in a traditional studio build, we are unable to run cables through the floor or the ceiling (drop tiles) so that leaves us in quite a predicament when it comes to preparing the space for live sound. We also can’t run cables along the floor due to doorways and tripping hazards. Enter the RM… problem solved. The moment we unpacked the RM, plugged in a couple mics to test and installed the software we were in (music) business. If I had to clock it… probably 30 minutes, if that to setup. The RM sits side stage in our studio out of view but doing its job.

At our front of house area we’ve got a laptop running the software that beautifully creates the digital mixer surface. On the fly we can mix AND walk around the room testing and making adjustments. Oh… and the Sound is incredible! Like every Presonus product the sound comes first and the RM is no exception. They have again made a product that makes our studios better in every way from design (and organization) to the audio experience. Our youth are learning on gear that reinvents what they imagined was possible in a studio environment.

We are extremely grateful for the support Presonus gives Notes for Notes through the outfitting our studios. They are a company that clearly believes in innovation and inspiration.

Thank you Presonus!

-Phil

(WSB-TV Atlanta News)

 

This Detroit Hat

I almost titled this blog something a little more poetic like “This OLD Detroit Hat” which just seams to conjure up something about the city; a tattered Tigers hat peeling apart thread by thread, the embroidered logo stained with rusty sweat, and faded to a color less than royal. However, my Tigers hat is actually brand new, picked it up about 6 months ago on one of my trips to Motor City to continue pushing on the development of our studio there. This Detroit hat has been the source of more conversations than I dare say any hat I’ve had. That’s underselling it though, this hat causes strangers to engage me first about the Tigers (which I’m going to have to learn more about) and then the city. I can be in the supermarket in Nashville, a country store in Vermont or a security line at Logan airport and this hat will nod to the city for me. Now without testing this I bet I would get just as many comments on the cap if it were aged, however, it’s actually fitting that this hat is brand spanking new. Why? Because that’s the kind of energy and growth going on in that city right now and I want to be a part of it and in our own small way we are.

Now each time I talk about Notes for Notes’ expansion to Motown I get a universal response along the lines of “Oh yeah! They need it there” and when I mention I’m also moving there (with my fiance and dog too) to make sure the launch is successful and I get another universal response, “Really?” Why are we moving to this tattered cap of a city? Because still under every hat is a person who deserves a chance to better themselves. While Detroit may be worse off than many cities it is not alone in its need for an infusion of opportunities for young people. However, this city is experiencing an incredible renaissance and we are chomping at the bit to “make some noise” in our own small way by providing youth with FREE access to explore, create, and record music. Notes for Notes is anything but limited to hat wearing youth. As in every city we are in our studios become common ground for any young person to explore music in and together. I can already feel the talent that exists musically in the youth of this city and can’t wait to get this studio open to capture, enhance and inspire it further.

While not every young person will follow in the footsteps of this city’s musical icons such as Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, Eminem, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Smokey Robinson, Jack White, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Alice Cooper… And the list goes on: they will discover opportunities in and through music that will empower them as individuals to see a future ahead of them. Despite the challenges we have faced and continue to we remain incredibly optimistic about our work to come in this city of constant hope… the beat goes on! For every news story you see about Detroit’s plight there is another story about a new business launching or a grass roots movement to revitalize. Now don’t get me wrong there are some extremely disturbing, borderline post apocalyptic areas that should be flagged on GPS directions. In Detroit, the quickest route on Google maps isn’t always the safest. In the two years since we made the first reconnaissance mission to scope out a location for a studio, one can feel the perception of the city changing from within. It’s not due to us but to the incredible pride Detroiters have for their city. Why does anyone keep an old hat? Because you love the heck out it, you wore it everyday, and often times it became your identity (think of some hat wearers!) There are some amazing folks doing amazing work in and for this city that we have met through this adventure that perhaps we would not have had it not been so challenging. So while in the moment the daunting pace of this project has been trying to the nerves it has brought us to some of these folks like Phil Cooley, Mitch Albom, Craig and Kristin Myers, John and Julie Ligon, Kid Rock, Hot Topic Foundation, CMA Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the team at Paxahau, oh… And Chevy! In every challenge lies opportunity and Detroit is the embodiment of this. Every one of these individuals and organizations is focusing on changing their corner of the world and by doing so are making the whole world a better place. Detroit will not and can not change overnight but with energy moving in the right direction there is a great future ahead and for that I take my cap off to you Detroit.

2015 is shaping up to be a huge year for Notes for Notes and we are excited to announce that the first Motor City Notes for Notes studio will be in partnership with Mitch Albom in the new S.A.Y Detroit center coming in late spring/ early summer; check out the PRESS RELEASE. And, in case you missed it on the CMA awards, HERE is the announcement of CMA and Chevrolet’s support of the Detroit Studio. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support our expansion to Detroit. This is FINALLY the year, “just watch”!

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