Two groups are partnering up to give young people in Austin a chance to explore the music industry without limits.
Austin Parks and Recreation and the nonprofit Notes for Notes celebrated the grand opening of a brand new recording studio in East Austin Friday. The space is located inside Doris Miller Auditorium, it offers free access to brand new equipment from guitars, ukuleles, drums to keyboards.
Notes for Notes provides expert instruction, guiding youth through the "jam room," a venue for small concerts. The studio also has a radio podcast booth, along with a track and mix room. But despite all the fancy gear, it's the staff who help to make it all come to life.
"I wouldn't really count them as a teacher -- Skylar, Mr. Ray and Juan -- like family,” said 16-year-old Ariel Saze.
The Austin Independent School District student feels they are able to motivate students to expand their talent and follow their passion.
Notes for Notes CEO Phil Gilley believes music can impact youth in ways outside of entertainment.
"Production, engineering, all these other careers in the industry, they just didn't know they existed. Now, they can go out of school or college and work those in a city that is so robust with those opportunities,” he said.
The studio took three years to complete and is located at 2300 Rosewood Ave.
They are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for kids between the ages of 6- to 18-years-old. They also offer volunteer opportunities for adults.