Ed Cherney Joins McNally Smith Board of Directors

Apr 14, 2011 2:19 PM


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McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., announces that Grammy Award–winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is joining the school's Board of Directors. Cherney has worked with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.

Beyond his role behind the glass, Cherney has also worked with the Grammy In The Schools and Grammy Camp programs. He is also a two-time governor of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), a founder of the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing, and a founding member of the METAlliance, a group of audio industry luminaries. In addition to his work on records for leading artists, he also has worked on numerous film projects and soundtracks.

“Ed has had profound impact on the quality of music made in the past 40 years,” says Harry Chalmiers, president of McNally Smith College of Music. “He’s known for his production work but he has served the industry in numerous capacities. Not only is he a premier producer and engineer, he has real vision and practical viewpoints that will readily serve the direction of the school now and for the future. We welcome his contributions to our Board of Directors and we look forward to his impact on our curriculum, faculty and most importantly among the recording artists and production professionals of tomorrow.”

“I have been familiar with McNally Smith for quite awhile and was very impressed with its Production program and faculty and the overall feeling and sensibility at the school,” Cherney says. “I am happy to be of service to the college at a time when everything in the music business has been changed, including the dramatic drive-down of rates among studios—the few that remain—and among leading and emerging producers and engineers.

“Music students need so much more now than when I first started in the business during my own college years,” he continues. “Back then you apprenticed with someone and hoped to find work from that experience. But today, artists and producers need to be smart about their own A&R, radio promotion and merchandising. They need to know arranging in addition to knowing how to write a great song. They need an understanding of contracts, publicity, marketing, IT, and everything, really—including production expertise that used to be provided to them when record labels were the only resource available.

"It’s a time of big challenges but it’s also an era of new opportunities," Cherney concludes. "If I can help be an ambassador for them to the real world while on the McNally Smith board, then it will be a rewarding experience for everyone.”

Visit McNally Smith at www.mcnallysmith.edu and Ed Cherney at www.edcherney.com.

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