The only initiative of its kind in New Orleans, The Fredman Music Business Institute provides top-level music industry leadership training to up-and-coming high school musicians in the New Orleans community. The institute, made possible with a generous grant from Andrew and Kerin Fredman, offers students a pathway to success through mentorship, hands-on experience and instruction about the music business.
The program is led by two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Finney, a New Orleans native and sound engineer. Troy Andrews has taken a leadership role in the development of the programming and participates as an instructor, and other guest speakers in the industry share their knowledge.
The music business program instructs students on the business side of the music industry, from live and studio recording to event production and promotion, touring, legal and marketing skills. Participants receive an iPad loaded with current software and play a role in production of the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Shorty Fest.
What to expect from the program?
Andrews himself is the product of a New Orleans public school education, and he credits strong mentorship outside the classroom with playing a vital role in the advancement of both his career and his character. “When I was growing up, I had some of the best musicians in the world looking after me,” Andrews said. “But many times I had to learn about the business side of making music the hard way, often by trial and error. This program will hopefully prepare the next generation for any opportunity that comes their way.”
No specific skills or training are required for admission into the program. “What we are looking for is a positive attitude and an earnest desire to learn,” said Foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor.
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