RECORDING ARTISTS DEVELOPMENT INC

Mission

To help diverse, underserved, emerging singer-songwriters doing work that is innovative, creative, and groundbreaking, particularly, LGBTQIA/nonbinary/trans artists, and provide them free/low-cost, professionally produced recordings. To work with artists in American popular music, all genres:R&B, Gospel, Funk, Hip-hop, Electronica, Dance, providing artists technical, artistic, career, support, networking with other artists, organizations and individuals to help them with their development. To advance the growth and development of new American music idioms and culture, promote the development of the recording arts in America by assisting emerging artist who might not otherwise have access to recording facilities, technical, artistic support from profit-based music institutions.

Ruling year info

2003

Creative Director

Philip Carroll

Main address

c/o Drew Hemenger, Treasurer, 205 W 20th #5E

New York, NY 10011 USA

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EIN

83-0374028

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Emerging singer-songwriters in underserved communities, especially LGBTQ non-binary artists, need help and a safe space/support to create their music.They have talent and desire to create their music,, but don't have access to a professional producer and recording facilities. Recording Artists Development has been working with singer-songwriters since 2003 to arrange, produce and record their music and to give them artistic and career development advice in a workshop setting in which they create a vision for their music, work in the studio with our producer, attend group meetings with other artist to get feedback from music industry professionals. By the end of the workshop they have a professionally arranged, produced, mixed and mastered CD recording of their music that they can use to advance their art and their career. The workshops, industry panel discussions, performance opportunities, individual career consults, helps the individuals and expands American music.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Recording Artists Development, Inc. "RAD" conducts three 8-10 week workshop/recording sessions each year, Fall, Winter-Spring and Summer, open to emerging singer-songwriter/artists in all genres of music, selected by audition and by an open mic singing contest. Each artist works individually in the recording studio with RAD's professional music producer to arrange, produce and record his/ her/their song or songs. Throughout the 8-10 week workshop/session, the artists come together in a group meeting to get feedback and critiquing of their songs by RAD's staff, their fellow artists, and by industry experts RAD brings into the group meetings. RAD creates a safe environment in this workshop/session for the artists to explore and create their music, find their voice, and develop their style. At the end of the workshop, each artist has had a great creative and artistic experience, gained knowledge of recording and interfaced with industry experts and networked with fellow artists, and has an arranged, produced, fully-mixed and mastered CD recording of his/her/their song to further their career and artistic goals. RAD provides artistic and career support and advice to each artist throughout the workshop, and especially in a final consult at the end of the session. The workshop/recording session ends with a Listening Showcase Event held by RAD in which the song(s) are premiered and showcased to an audience. The singer songwriters/artists are selected in all genres of American popular music by auditions and in an open-mic singing-songwriting contest held prior to each session. Free recordings and free studio hours and consults are given out through the open-mic singing songwriting contest and by scholarship interviews.

Population(s) Served

In this 10-12 week workshop, artists will work with RAD's producer, Phil Carroll and the RAD team, to create EP/CD (album)projects. Each artist will work to develop the artistic concept and vision for their project and will work directly in the studio with producer to arrange, produce and record their songs to complete their project. Throughout the workshop they will receive industry feedback on their songs in progress and will at the end have a fully mixed and mastered completed EP/CD project. They will also develop the packaging and marketing concept for their project with the help of RAD staff.

Population(s) Served

We hold free music industry panel discussions, provide free/low cost consults for artists on career and artistic development, vocal coaching, mixing and mastering of recorded songs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We consistently offered a 8-10 week recording workshop 3/year, Winter-Spring, Summer and Fall. We now offer addt'l workshops: a CD, Next Level, Producer's, Vocal Tech, Basic Demo.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Workshops are open to beginning/seasoned singer-songwriters. We've helped over 250 artists in all genres to record a song/ EP/CD's. We add new artists and do more songs with returning artists.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is number of seasoned/beginning singer-songwriter in our workshops. Some are returning and some are new. We hold open mic singing contests, panel discussions, other events open to artists.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

RAD artists refer other singer-songwriters to our workshops and open mic contests. Word of mouth is an important tool for attracting new clients. Artists return to do more work and support each other.

Number of free and low-cost recordings provided, number of artists worked with, number and variety of workshops, panel discussions, open mic, number of participants, number of returning participants,

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2003, 200 artists, 550 songs, success: work with more artists, offering more recording workshops, panels, open mics, provide more free/low cost recording opp'ty, artists do bigger projects.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Recording Artists Development, Inc. is seeking to provide more free and low-cost recording workshops, to provide even greater opportunity for creative and career development for an even greater number of emerging and seasoned singer-songwriter-recording-artists in all genres, to provide more career and creative direction and advice, to help them to learn more about the recording arts, to advance American popular music by providing access and opportunity to create music in all genres to those who might otherwise not have access to a professional music arranger and producer and professional recording facilities. The more opportunity for artists to create freely the better. We wish to continue to provide a safe space for all singer-songwriters to develop and create. We would like to have funds to provide even more free and low-cost recording opportunity for artists, and to do special projects for artists in especially disadvantaged circumstances.
























Provide more workshops and opportunities for more artists in underserved communities, especially LGBTQ and non-binary artists, who have not had access to a professional producer and recording facilities to learn about recording and to develop as artists and record their music projects. By providing a professional producer and recording facilities and a structured workshop setting, we are providing opportunity by which artists will develop creatively and have CD recordings to use for their artistic and career advancement. By supporting individual artists and helping them create, we hope to expand American music as a whole. Helping artists in underserved communities, especially LGBTQ, non-binary artists, to have a safe space to create and to make their voices and message heard, will expand the recording arts and music as a whole.
Our goal is to do more for more artists. Any funding will go to conducting the workshops, working directly in the studio with each artist, providing panel discussions with music industry experts, individual career development consults, performance and showcase opportunities for the artists' recorded music. Funding is needed to rent studio space, provide up-to-date recording equipment, connecting on social media and providing opportunities for the artists to perform their music as well as to record.








































We continue to consistently provide recording workshops and have added programs to our offerings for more advanced artists, for emerging music producers. We have continued as a Board to provide donations and to volunteer time and resources to make our workshops, open mics, panel discussions happen, and to provide free and low-cost opportunity for emerging singer-songwriter-recording-artists. We are making every effort to reach more artists and to provide them with more offerings in the recording arts. We have developed a new website and are coordinating our social media sites in a way we hope will reach more artists and raise awareness of RAD's non-profit mission. We have brought in more industry experts to give feedback and support to the singer-songwriters in our workshops as they work on recording their songs. We do panel discussions with industry experts, which we open to artists working with RAD and to other singer-songwriters and the public, in order to provide expert music industry advice to these emerging artists and to give the emerging artists an opportunity to network with music industry experts. We have been researching grant opportunities to help RAD expand its ability to work with more artists.

We have experience working with singer-songwriters since 2003 to provide workshops three times a year as well as panel discussions, showcase and performing opportunities, individual consult with artists to provide them with career and artistic development. We have a very devoted board and volunteers who donate money and time. Our producer donates many hours working individually with the artists and in group meetings. We have reached out to other music industry experts to contribute their talent and advice. We have created a new updated website, Facebook and Twitter and Instagram accounts in which we promote the artists work and the organization's non-profit work. We have paid through Board Member donations for help in creating the new website and social media help. We put out a newsletter regularly. We are making efforts to raise awareness of Recording Artists Development, Inc. and its non-profit work.

We have met our mission since 2003 to provide low-cost, radio-ready demo recordings to artists who would not otherwise have access by providing three workshops a year, adding new workshops, panel discussions, individual consults, performance and showcase opportunities, promoting the artists in our social media and website, etc. We have served over 200 artists and created over 550 songs in all genres and worked with emerging singer-songwriters in all genres, from all backgrounds and encouraging and promoting them and providing them with a safe space to create and to develop as singers, songwriters, recording artists. We are always expanding efforts to reach a diverse group of artists, especially the LGBTQ non-binary community of artists. We have created over 550 songs, individual songs and bigger projects. We have created a community of singer-songwriters, recording artists, musicians, engineers, producers, and a networking and supportive environment. We have regular showcase listening parties, open mic opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, performance opportunities where our artists, other artists, community people all come together to hear the music and to support the artists. We have found opportunities for our artists and their music to be seen and heard on internet radio shows and at live events. We have met our mission to teach about and promote the recording arts. We hope that by giving access to these artists who would not otherwise have access to a professional music producer, professional music recording facilities, and artistic and career advice and support, we have facilitated the creation of music that would otherwise never have been heard. We have also had artists create music mixing genres and creating new music styles. We have done this with much help from our Board's donation of time, energy, talent, and resources. We feel we have met our mission, but would like to have more funding available to reach more emerging artists to record their original songs, to provide them with career and artistic development advice and assistance, and to allow them the freedom in a safe space to create and think outside the box, and to do special CD recording projects.

Financials

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RECORDING ARTISTS DEVELOPMENT INC

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Philip Carroll

Recording Artists Development, Inc.

Term: 2003 -

Luanne Surace

Recording Artists Development, Inc.

Drew Hemenger

Recording Artists Development, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No