This has been a plan in the works for a couple of years now and I’m going to be diving into it this year. I am starting a business called “The Midi Lab.” It is a physical business designed to help composers, arrangers, and music-makers start their careers in music that I will be starting in the Reno, Nevada area. I seek to remove the hurdles that keep many musicians from starting. To do this I have 3 main goals.
- Provide access to knowledge and training in digital recording, midi orchestration, sample library creation, and interactive game music.
- Provide physical access to the equipment and software needed to produce usable music audio.
- Build a local community of music-makers interested in collaboration, sharing knowledge, and being a talent hub for potential job opportunities.
I have started a GoFundMe campaign to bring in money for purchasing computers, software, and audio equipment to build several music workstations and set up a basic classroom. I know most of you do not live anywhere near Reno. And many of you have your own online teaching businesses and virtual communities that you have founded. So pardon me if it is out of place for me to ask this here. But this is a gap that I see in our music industry. We have schools for teaching a subset of people musical skills. We have online classes and virtual instruction. But we do not have much in between. We are missing physical locations for young musicians to learn these skills, or post-college musicians to go before they can afford to build their own studios. We’ve got great online communities like this one. But not many local music communities that help composers reach that next step of moving into a career.
If this idea sounds interesting at all to you, and it’s something you feel like you could get behind, I’d sure appreciate any support I can get in getting this thing started. I’ll post my GoFundMe link below. There’s a lot more info there as well as a video where I go into more detail about this idea and the story behind it.