Miami arts school receives $100k donation to build new recording studio

Young musicians in Florida’s Miami-Dade County will soon get the chance to record in a professional recording studio, according to a report by WPLG Local 10.

The Jose Milton Foundation donated $100,000 to build the recording space for Miami Arts Studio at Zelda Glazer Middle School in southwest Miami-Dade County. Students and local officials unveiled the new equipment at the school last Wednesday.

The Miami Art Studio is a program for sixth- to ninth-graders interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez approached Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho about the studio after seeing the students perform at a concert.

“Literally and figuratively it’s giving voice to the artists, providing a opportunity for them to record their own material," Carvalho said.

The school will also use the Jose Milton Foundation’s donation to hire an artist-in-residence who will help the students produce, record and distribute their songs.

“What’s great about this is that aspiring artists will be able to record their admission tapes and also experiment with new ideas,” said Ana Milton, president of the Jose Milton Foundation. “There is not only the performance aspect but also the production side. There are so many careers involved here.”

Recordings produced in the new studio will air on local radio stations in the coming months, and the studio will open for all students countywide in the spring.

This story was originally reported by ABC WPLG Local 10 on 31 January 2018.