Ardent Studios and Visible School (both based in Memphis) have
formed an educational initiative that creates the first recording and
music business school to be hosted in a working studio facility.
“I have a long-standing personal commitment to the importance
of education to the health and prosperity of the music recording
industry and related media fields,” commented John Fry, Ardent
founder. As vice chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Music
Commission, Fry recently participated in a Memphis music community
needs — assessment project, which led to the creation of a
comprehensive strategic plan for the economic development of Memphis’
music industry. “One of the top priorities that emerged in this
process was the importance of professional education. We consider our
new initiative with Visible School a perfect fit with the commission’s
directives and a significant contribution to establish Memphis as one
of the nation’s most innovative and progressive independent music
With a backbone of music recording courses, Fry and Ken Steorts,
Visible School’s founder, will also offer a focus on music business
(through Ardent’s record label and music publishing operations), film,
video, Internet and multimedia production.
According to Steorts, “Ardent’s facilities are second to none.
Their staff brings real-world experience in producing amazing music
that can’t be manufactured overnight. By adding the curriculum
development and teaching experience of our team, we are very excited
about how this combination of resources will serve our current and
future students from around the world.”
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