Recording Studio Program for Youth


Contributed by Jeff Claus

Southside Community Center (305 S. Plain Street in downtown Ithaca), has just been awarded a $65,000 grant by the New York State Music Fund (administered by the Philanthropy Advisors Division of the Rockefeller Foundation), for a proposal written by IC Education Department professor, Jeff Claus.

This grant will support the creation of a digital recording studio program for youth at the Center, where Claus is on the board. The program will provide afterschool and summer instruction related to the development of digital music production and recording skills as well as personal, social, artistic, academic, career, and communication skills.

Southside Community Center is the recipient of the grant, but there are many community partners in this project. They include: Ithaca Collegeís Education Department and Schools of Music and Communications; the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; The Village at Ithaca; the Ithaca Youth Bureauís Youth Employment Service; Pyramid Sound Studios; Electric Wilburland Studio; REP Studio; GLYPH Technologies; the Community Unity Music, Media, and Arts Program; the Cornell University Public Service Center; WICB Radio; Ithaca City School District; and many Ithaca musicians, recording engineers, and film/television composers who have substantial recording and production credits and who will serve as guest instructors and advisors for the program. Ithaca College faculty and students will work as program assistants and consultants. For more information about the program and volunteer needs and opportunities, please contact Jeff Claus at 274-1342 and