NEW ORLEANS–(Jan. 8, 2014)–The Trombone Shorty Foundation in partnership with Tulane University announces the appointment of New Orleans native and two-time Grammy Award winning producer and recording engineer Chris Finney as lead instructor of the Fredman Music Business Institute at the Trombone Shorty Academy. The Fredman Music Business Institute holds auditions for its inaugural class from 6-8 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 16 at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall Band Room. Auditions are open to any local high school student interested in learning about the business side of the music industry.
A two-time Grammy winner, Finney has collaborated with legendary artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Robert Plant, and Dr. John, whose recording “Props to Pops: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” Chros is currently engineering. He won his first Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his participation on Dr. John’s 2008 release “City That Care Forgot,” and his second for the Rebirth Brass Band’s “Rebirth of New Orleans” in 2011. “The marriage of technology and creativity is at the heart of making timeless recordings,” Finney says. “But it all grows out of the love of what we do, and if I can pass that inspiration on, that will empower the next generation to bring New Orleans music to the world.”
“Chris has done it all and worked with everyone here in the city,” says Trombone Shorty Foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor. “And on top of being very skilled at what he does, he’s also a first class teacher who knows how to impart information to younger students. We are thrilled to have him.”
Made possible by a generous donation from Andrew and Kerin Fredman, the institute is the most recent offering from the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which launched the Trombone Shorty Academy at Tulane University last year. While the academy teaches music performance skills under the guidance of New Orleans music legend Donald Harrison Jr., the institute focuses on the often-overlooked development of business acumen.
“When I was growing up, I had some of the best musicians in the world looking after me,” says foundation founder Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. “But many times I had to learn about the business side of making music the hard way, which was often by trial and error. This program will hopefully prepare the next generation for any opportunity that comes their way.”
Classes will meet once a week after school throughout the spring semester and will teach students about live and studio recording, event promotion and production, as well as legal, touring, and marketing skills that will offer a well-rounded education on all aspects of the music business. Guest instructors will be scheduled to support specific lessons, including Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.
Every student selected to participate will receive an iPad loaded with the most relevant, up-to-date software, and at the end of the semester students will play a hands-on role in producing the foundation’s annual fundraiser “Shorty Fest,” held Thurs., May 1 during the second weekend of the Jazz & Heritage Festival. The concert will feature a headlining performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and other special musical guests to be announced.
No specific skills or training are required for admission into the music business institute. “What we are looking for is a positive attitude and an earnest desire to learn,” Taylor says.
More information is available at www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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