Warner Music Nashville To Celebrate Opening of Student-Run Record Label

wmnWarner Music Nashville has partnered with Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, supported by the Music Makes Us Initiative, to create the nation’s only high school to have a student-run record label. The label will have distribution in conjunction with Warner Music Nashville. A grand opening event will be held May 8.

John Esposito, president & CEO of Warner Music, The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, and award-winning recording studio designer Steven Durr, a Nashville resident and owner of Steven Durr Designs, have guided the project.

“The students at Pearl-Cohn are engaged in a highly creative endeavor that will bring tremendous value to their post secondary choices,” Laurie Schell, Director of Music Makes Us, states. “They are the very fortunate beneficiaries of the expertise and generosity of our professional music community in Nashville.”

The recording studio features a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room. It has two editing suites and audio equipment from industry leaders, including Harman Professional, which includes the JBL/AKG/ and Lexicon brands; API; Audio-Technica; Fredenstein Professional Audio; Shure, Inc.; and Solid State Logic.

Pearl-Cohn students will also run a record label modeled after a corporate music label. Every year, a Pearl-Cohn student is named head of the record label. Pearl-Cohn students sign, record and promote student artists from the school district. Revenue generated from the school’s record label through the sale of songs will go to advancing music education through Music Makes Us.

A virtual tour of the recording studio may be seen here.



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