Made at SU Aims to Jumpstart Careers of CNY Musicians
If you’re a musician trying to break into the business, what could be better than having someone book you live shows, get you studio time, and shamelessly promote your music? Made at SU, a new business formed by Audio Arts master’s students at Syracuse University, aims to provide these crucial services to up-and-coming local artists, and in the process help its members build skills that could land them music jobs after graduation.
“We want to create a full-service business that we can pass down to future classes,” says Samuel Rast, head of talent scouting and production. “This is the first year of our program and an organization like this didn’t exist here before.” Each of the seven members of the Audio Arts program have taken on different industry roles in the organization—from scouting talent to licensing music for TV and film—and will work together to guide artists just starting out in the business.
“Somewhere out there is the next big star. Why not at Syracuse?” says Karl Stabnau, who handles booking and venue management. While Stabnau’s goal might be a bit ambitious, Rast says they are betting their own money on it. Because Made at SU isn’t a student organization, it receives no funding from the university. Rast says the business model will vary from artist to artist, and is still being worked out, but will be collaborative at its core.
Made at SU will get its first test when it launches a monthly concert series at Funk ‘n Waffles, starting September 27 (from 8:00-10:00 p.m.). The show will feature SU freshman and indie pop artist Ricky Smith, who performs as S M I T H., along with two other acts soon to be announced.
[Click here for a sample of S M I T H’S work]
“You can expect a lot of audience interaction and an energetic performance,” Smith says. And Made at SU wants to hear what you think about the performance. “We are open to venue suggestions, ticket pricing suggestions, anything we can do to make the audience experience better,” says Stabnau.
Rast says that by the end of the year they hope to produce 4 to 6 live-recorded shows, bring artists into the studio, and put out at least one compilation album. The playing field is wide open for any artists to score studio time and performance slots. “We’re looking for all types of music,” says Rast. “Message us on Facebook.”