The Blackbird Academy to Reveal Facility with Katie Couric

Pictured (L-R): Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, Martina McBride, John McBride and Gavin DeGraw. Photo: Brian Totoro

Pictured (L-R): Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, Martina McBride, John McBride and Gavin DeGraw. Photo: Brian Totoro

Together with wife Martina McBride, John McBride plans to reveal his recently prepared Blackbird Academy on Katie Couric’s Katie tomorrow (July 17).

Husband and wife design team Robert and Cortney Novogratz, widely known for Bravo-TV’s 9 by Design, HGTV’s Home by Novogratz and numerous publication appearances, helped prepare a 30-person “Learning Laboratory” to be revealed on the syndicated daytime TV show.

In anticipation for the audio school’s first class this fall, custom-built classrooms were constructed around the campus of the world-renowned Blackbird Studio. The Blackbird Academy will offer comprehensive instruction and virtually unlimited hands-on access for students. Co-directors and industry veterans Kevin Becka and Mark Rubel have designed a curriculum in anticipation of becoming the educational gateway to the recording and live sound industries.

“Opening a school has been a dream of mine,” said John McBride. “After talking with hundreds of Blackbird Studio interns and hearing about their experiences, I believe we can provide a better and more affordable educational solution than what is currently available.”

For more information, visit the Blackbird Academy’s official site, email, or call at 1-855-385-3251.

For MusicRow’s exclusive interview with McBride about the academy, click here.

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