Lakewood, NJ (December 8, 2006)–Neutrik recently provided an assortment of its XX series and EMC-XLRs to The Music Resource Center, a multi-faceted music education center for teenagers located in Charlottesville, VA. The center uses the recording and performing arts to create a sense of empowerment and accomplishment in the urban community.
Pictured above is Vernon Christmas, a Music Resource Center student who is working in the newly rewired control room for Studio A, thanks to a recent donation by Neutrik USA.The Neutrik donation will increase the functionality and services throughout the Center, with the main emphasis on wiring its studios and increasing its educational abilities.
The Music Resource Center moved into its current facilities approximately two years ago, and was having difficulty obtaining funds for the parts to wire its five studios together. The recent Neutrik donation will enable the Center to connect studio A with the facility’s other four rooms. With only seven out of 100 microphone jacks currently working, the Neutrik products will facilitate complete functionality throughout the Center. Additionally, the Center will utilize the Neutrik products as a tool for teaching audio engineering. With its expanded microphone lines, the Center can now provide greater in-depth instruction. It will also allow the Center to engineer the children’s recordings as well as make their own albums.
“We were looking for help, so we started with the best,” said Vijith Assar, membership coordinator at The Music Resource Center. “Neutrik has a reputation for reliability and the company was overwhelmingly willing to assist us. The understanding is that if you wire up everything with Neutrik, you’re not going to have any problems with it.”
The Music Resource Center’s recording studios, including a big sprawling studio A complex and four self-contained rooms, can be used by the children for free. The organization also offers free lessons, loaner instruments, dance classes and even a performance studio where children can host live shows and CD release parties. Operating primarily as an after school program, the Music Resource Center also participates in several outreach initiatives, where volunteers will travel with a laptop and small portable keyboard to schools, juvenile detention centers and children’s hospitals. For the fiscal year 2006, the Music Resource Center served a total of 777 children, 525 at its central facility and 252 through outreach programs.
“The upstairs space has a phenomenal reverb that’s great for drums, but we haven’t been able to use it because none of that equipment has been plugged in,” continued Assar. “Now, when we record with the kids, we can put them upstairs and get these great sounds on their recordings.”
“Neutrik was more than willing to help The Music Resource Center reach its potential,” stated Jim Cowan, president of Neutrik. “The Music Resource Center is a quality organization positively impacting children in the community and equipping them with the life skills needed for a future in music and the performing arts. We wish The Music Resource Center continued success in its programs and outreach efforts.”