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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS
& ENGINEERS WING GIVES BACK WITH "MOORE FROM MUSIC ROW"
Nashville-Area School with Technology and Arts Focus Adds
New Recording Studio and Expands Its A/V Facility with Donations and
Technical Support from Nashville P&E Wing Members
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 24, 2009) —
Leading members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers
Wing recently took a key role in the ongoing charitable effort, "Moore
from Music Row," which assists Nashville's J.T. Moore Middle School
in its development of a state-of-the-art A/V facility and offers music/technology
J.T. Moore Middle School is a Nashville Metro Public School
with curricula meeting the requirements of the International Baccalaureate
(IB) Organization. The school serves nearly 600 students in grades 5-8
from several different neighborhoods, including Nashville's Music Row.
As an IB school, J.T. Moore must fulfill technology training requirements,
and the school has placed a growing focus on audio/video production
and editing. All the school's students take these courses and have shown
remarkable aptitude in these fields.
Jill Block, wife of Nashville concert promoter and radio
host Billy Block, is one of the founders of the "Moore from Music
Row" program. More than a year ago, while visiting J.T. Moore as
a possible new school for her son, she was impressed with the school's
existing A/V facilities and focus on A/V education and integration.
When she learned from school principal Jill Pittman that plans were
in the works for an expansion of the school's technology lab, the two
realized that Block's industry relationships could be of assistance.
With that simple idea, "Moore from Music Row" was initiated,
and with further planning from the J.T. Moore Parent-Teacher Organization,
efforts began to upgrade the school's technology studio.
The school reached out to the Nashville Chapter of The
Recording Academy and its Producers & Engineers Wing, and the local
membership was invited to tour the school's existing facility. Excited
by the school's programs and the students' talent, the Nashville Chapter's
P&E Wing Committee Co-Chairs Ben Fowler and Nick Palladino sent
a letter to each of the P&E Wing Committee's members, explaining
the program and asking for donations of gear, musical instruments and
related equipment, as well as pledges of time for the gear's installation
and an ongoing mentorship program. The response was overwhelming, and
on Sunday, February 8, 2009, Palladino, Fowler, Jill Block and several
special guests and industry veterans gathered to install the gear and
celebrate the program.
"We are very happy that we could participate in such
a worthwhile cause," said Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director
of the Producers & Engineers Wing. "It's thrilling that these
students will get to benefit from the resources of some of the world's
top producers and engineers."
"These are immensely talented and creative kids from
all over the Nashville community, and with the new equipment and the
P&E Wing's ongoing connection to this program, the potential is
expanded even further," said Susan Stewart, Recording Academy South
Regional Director. "They're not just learning music and film production;
they're learning teamwork, developing new talents and passions and accomplishing
goals. It's way bigger than us, and we're lucky the P&E Wing could
The school's new recording studio will augment the existing
video production lab, which currently features 29 separate editing units
with Final Cut Express Pro, which is the same software used by professionals
at CBS and such collegiate institutions as Belmont University. As class
projects, the students are assigned to work in groups to produce short
films (a recent project involved short PSAs on issues important to middle
schoolers). With each student assigned a different task — producer,
director, writer, editor, actor, etc. — the students learn teamwork
and real-world skills in a fun, productive, nurturing environment. The
introduction of a recording studio facility opens more doors for the
students and presents opportunities for the Nashville community to give
The new studio's equipment includes a Digidesign®
Digi 002 Pro Tools® Mini Studio donated by Digidesign. Additional
equipment includes a Yamaha 02R Digital Mixing Console, Furman Power
Conditioner, Casio® Keyboard, Alesis Drum Machine, First Act Drum
Kit, eight-track digital recorder and an assortment of cables, snakes,
microphone stands, guitar stands and road cases.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization
of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that
is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life
for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards
— the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence
and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is
responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment,
advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues
to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating
for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible
part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please
Currently, 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers
& Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers,
remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and
technical professionals in the recording community. This organized voice
for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of
recorded music, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies,
recording and mastering recommendations, and archiving and preservation
initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.
Photo File: PE_JTMoore.JPG
Photo Caption: Front L-R: Jill Block, co-founder of the "Moore
from Music Row" program; and J.T. Moore principal Jill Pittman.
Back L-R: The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter's P&E Wing
Committee Co-Chair Nick Palladino; J.T. Moore technology instructor
Brett McGuire; The Recording Academy South Regional Director Susan Stewart;
producers/engineers Frank Conway, Gordon Kennedy and Larry Sheridan;
Committee Co-Chair Ben Fowler; and producer/engineer Chris Trevett.
Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®. Photo by Frederick Breeden/WireImage.com
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