USF Students to Launch New Record Label
September 13, 2017
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A group of University of Saint Francis students are preparing to launch a new student-run record label in fall 2017, the university announced in a news conference on September 13. The group’s effort is part of two University of Saint Francis programs, Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) and Music Technology, and includes forging new Fort Wayne community partnerships.
This first USF-owned student-run interdisciplinary business venture will see the record label’s business foundations laid during the fall semester; the album will be produced and promoted during the spring 2018 semester. In the news conference, USF representatives officially opened submissions to any area musicians who would like to be considered. Submissions will be accepted through October 31 at go.sf.edu/usfrecordlabel.
META engages cross-disciplinary student teams in hands-on projects requiring creative solutions. The Music Technology program focuses on the production and recording technologies of music, now taught in new state-of-the-art recording and performance studios. Both programs are housed at USF Downtown.
The META record label team will develop and execute a business plan, name the label, scout and sign musical talent, develop a marketing strategy for the signed artist, promote the record label and project ways in which this university-owned enterprise can become self-sustaining. The META team and Music Technology students will learn about the music business, including legal issues such as copyright and licensing. USF faculty and students will be joined by community partners, such as SCORE, local radio stations, professional musicians and others.
Area musical artists can submit work in any genre for review. One artist will be selected for the inaugural album. The signed artist will have his or her project recorded by USF Music Technology students in the USF recording studios, and also have the opportunity for an original composition to be produced by the Emmy-winning and Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award- nominated producer, arranger/composer and music director Rob Mathes (Sting, Panic at The Disco, Yo Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
For more information on Rob Mathes, visit www.robmathes.com.
The music label will premiere the first album at an artist launch/drop party late in the 2018 spring semester.
Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.