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Motor City Studio Opens!

Three years in the making, Notes for Notes® is beyond ecstatic to finally open our first Detroit Studio. On August 12th, 2015 we welcomed country artist (and Michigan native) Frankie Ballard along with lead sponsors CMA Foundation, Hot Topic, Chevrolet, Knight Foundation, Music Rising, Kid Rock Foundation, and Piston’s Come Together Foundation to help us open the new location in Motor City. This is a very special studio in so many ways that has inspired so many wonderful relationships. Our first studio outside of a Boys & Girls Club, we are honored to be inside the S.A.Y Detroit Play Center (in the former Lipke Rec Center) in partnership with Mitch Albom. Their mission for the entire facility is one of true change by addressing areas of positive development from education to athletics to expression and we are proud to be a part of the upward movement of this facility and in the city.

Detroit has been a journey to open but now the real journey begins making music with the next generation of hitmakers. We are so grateful to have the support of so many local and national supporters who share our vision like the CMA Foundation, Hot Topic Foundation, Chevrolet, Knight Foundation, Music Rising, Kid Rock Foundation, Piston’s Come Together Foundation, Schuster Homes, John & Julie Ligon, Mojo in the Morning, Craig Myers, Dr. Tom & Lisa Perkins, and LuLu Lemon. The Studio is equipped with some of the finest instruments and equipment thanks to Presonus, Gibson, DW Drums, Native Instruments, Audio Technica, Casio, Line 6, Stanton, GIK, Third Man Records, Kala, Reverand Guitars, Focusrite, Roland, Akai, and Ladner Amps! Take a (virtual) tour of the studio below:



The opening of the Detroit Studio is only the beginning and we invite you to follow the stories and music that are sure to come from one of the most iconic music cities in the country. Motor on!

 

The Difference Can be Heard

Phil Shots (4 of 5)
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…

The East Nashvillian

Check it out! The East Nashvillian Mag stopped by at took some shots in our Nashville studios. The article came out great and we wanted to share.

Click Here!

Hunter Hayes Opens the Atlanta Studio

Notes for Notes® Studio Atlanta marked the 10th Studio (4th in 2015) opened! There to open this exciting new location at the Joseph B Whitehead Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta supported by the CMA Foundation was award winning country artist Hunter Hayes.  Atlanta is an exciting location for us considering the rich musical history and diversity of genres in the city’s roots. From hip-hop to country we are thrilled to be a part of producing Atlanta’s next generation of great musicians and producers.

Hunter Hayes is a consummate performer AND perfect spokesperson for the difference music makes starting at a young age… plus he plays more than 30 instruments! Typically we open a new Notes for Notes Studio with the strumming of the first guitar but thanks to Hunter we opened with the first song. Check out some clips below from the opening! We couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to open the studio with Hunter and the CMA Foundation’s support. We also welcome Hunter to our Advisory Board.

Our studios are packed with a variety of instruments, one of these being synthesizers, and thanks to Casio we have some of the best! We were also honored to welcome Stephen Schmidt (Vice President of Musical Instruments, Casio America) to present Casio with a Diamond Record for their overwhelmingly generous support of Notes for Notes with top of the line synthesizers and digital pianos in all our upcoming studios. Stephen was also on hand to present some aspiring young musicians with another instrument… the calculator watch. Can you say #timetorock!

Notes for Notes® Partners with Empire

Notes for Notes® partners with Fox’s hit show Empire for Fox Presents Empire Behind the Beat to open the organization’s first Notes for Notes Studio in Chicago. The Windy City plays host to Empire’s filming locations but is undoubtedly one of the countries most iconic music towns and Notes for Notes is thrilled to expand to this great city in 2016. Lots of exciting news to follow on this partnership, read some of the Buzz now! Get Behind the Beat and DONATE now!

Mixing Freedom

11728938_10152970004422536_3869779052755282229_o(Hunter Hayes opens the new Atlanta Notes for Notes Studio with the first song!)

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)

 

Soundcheck 2015 with Martin Gore

89.9 KCRW Presents

Notes for Notes & Sonos… Sound Check

Feat. Martin Gore  DJ Set [Depeche Mode]

W/ special guest Sebu Simonian DJ Set [Capital Cities]

Thursday, July 30
Sonos Studio LA
145 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles , CA
7pm / 21+

Hosted beer & wine // silent auction // fun

General Admission and VIP Tickets on sale now at soundcheck.nightout.com

100 % of proceeds benefit Notes For Notes. Providing free after school recording studios for youth.

5th Annual Notes for Notes® Benefit!

Please join us on June 7, 2015 at the 5th Annual Seymour Duncan Benefit Concert to support Notes for Notes®!

Tickets on sale NOW at Lobero.com

100% of proceeds benefit Notes for Notes!

5th Annual Notes For Notes® Benefit poster

Check out a recap from a previous show!

Ventura Notes for Notes Studio

Notes for Notes is excited to announce its new studio in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura to be located at the Olive Street Branch. Construction is currently underway and slated to be completed in the coming weeks with a soft opening to droves of excited youth in mid to late March 2015.

This exciting new location has been made possible by the generous support and collaboration of the Notes for Notes’ Venture Group comprised of dedicated community members who have stepped up to bring the organization to Ventura.

If you weren’t already excited, then wait till you see the renderings of the space below.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the Grand Opening event to come…

To make a donation to the Ventura Notes for Notes Studio please CLICK HERE

 

So let me tell you a story…

So let me tell you a story… first. Actually it is a fact; our Detroit Relations team of one, Kristin Myers is A) and amazing person and B) solely responsible for our perpetual forward direction in the great city. If it were not for her we would not have found the incredible opportunity with Mitch Albom to put a Notes for Notes® Studio in the new S.A.Y Detroit Play Center.  Kristin, we are honored that you are a part of the team and forever grateful of your zeal and persistence in this journey! Now I pass this blog off to you…

Phil
CEO/ Co-Founder 

 

So let me tell you a story…

Fifteen years ago I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in urban education. While the 2 + 2 component of my job didn’t necessarily excite me, I fell in love with my role as a mentor. My favorite students were the most troubled kids. At the age of ten they were already labeled. I embraced the challenge of gaining their trust and acceptance. I made it my mission to build their self-esteem, which in turn built their desire to rise above those negative labels.

I left the classroom to raise my own three children, which was a job in itself. We had identical twin daughters when our son was just 25 months old. Our house was chaos and I worked hard to maintain my composure and set good examples.

In 2011, my husband invited me to attend the movie premier of Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith. Craig saw it as a good networking opportunity for his business. I saw it as an opportunity to meet my very favorite writer, Mitch Albom. His work had never failed to inspire me.

That night I met an adorable young blonde named Kelly. Both of our respective men were off mingling elsewhere while we stood waiting patiently. We struck up a conversation that was easy and real. Eventually our dates returned. I introduced her to Craig, and she introduced me to Matthew Stafford – professional Quarterback of the Detroit Lions. She was delightful all on her own, and meeting him was a bonus.

I was getting restless at home. The kids no longer needed me as much and I was getting bored with my role as a housewife. I knew I needed another challenge, but was feeling lost – I couldn’t find any real direction. I considered going back to school to get my counseling degree since that was what I loved most about teaching, but couldn’t imagine going back to such structured hours since I had become accustomed to a flexible schedule. I decided to keep my ears open and started putting feelers out. I trusted that if I paid close enough attention, my next job would find me.

And that’s exactly what happened.

Last February, I got a phone call from a friend. “There’s something coming to Detroit and I think you’re going to want in on it.”

“What is it?” I asked.

“Kids and music,” he said, knowing that I speak kids fluently and love music completely. That was all it took. A few weeks later I was on the phone with Phil Gilley, CEO and Co-Founder of Notes for Notes: a non-profit organization that builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios 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.

After learning about the program and seeing a Nashville Notes for Notes studio in action, I was all in. So back to work I went inspired to make a difference yet again, only this time the stakes were higher. It was now my job to impact our small, but mighty, not-for-profit organization; to aid in the comeback of a beast of a city known as Detroit; and to help young artists in the D discover their musical talents and pursue their dreams.

I’ve worked hard for the past year with Notes for Notes, and today it paid off as I sat in the audience of my first PRESS CONFERENCE:

  • A press conference led by Mitch Albom, my favorite writer.
  • A press conference made possible by the generous Million Dollar donation of Matthew Stafford, professional Quarterback of the Detroit Lions, and his now fiancé Kelly Hall.
  • A press conference to announce a 10 Million Dollar revitalization plan to re-open The Lipke Community Center in Detroit with the additions of new educational programming, a series of outdoor athletic fields and an indoor practice facility.
  • A press conference full of eager and hopeful youth who are thrilled to have a safe place to go after school as opposed to the dangerous streets of Detroit.

And…

  •  A press conference to announce the first home of a Notes for Notes Studio in Detroit for kids who are definitely hoping for more rap and hip-hop than country, but told me they’d take whatever they could get

Once again I root for the underdogs – a community of kids in need of positive relationships. This time I’m surrounded by some of the most amazing leaders in the city, including Mayor Duggan. Mitch Albom’s announcement of the Notes for Notes partnership was full of respect and enthusiastic excitement – the same excitement we feel about partnering with him and Matthew Stafford. It was an amazing full-circle moment that I’ll never forget.

I now have a new direction and full credit goes to Notes for Notes – an organization so incredible that I have no choice but to work hard and have a little faith.

Kristin Myers
Detroit Relations

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