Arts, Culture, and Humanities

RECORDING ARTISTS DEVELOPMENT INC

Quick Facts

aka RAD

New York, NY

Mission

To help emerging singer-songwriters of any age who are doing work that is innovative, creative, and groundbreaking, particularly LGBTQIA/nonbinary/trans artists, provide them free or low-cost, professionally produced recordings. To work with artists in American popular music, all genres:R&B, Gospel, Funk, Hip-hop, Electronica, Dance. To provide artists with technical, artistic, career, support, networking with other artists, organizations and individuals who could 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

2003

Executive Director

Philip Carroll

Main Address

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

New York, NY 10011 USA

Keywords

non-profit recording organization dedicated to working with singer songwriters in all genres to arrange, produce and record their music and provide career and artistic development and support

EIN

83-0374028

 Number

6364153464

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Our programs

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Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording EP/CD Workshop/Session

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Our Results

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Total number of classes offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We have 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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our workshop/recording sessions are open to singer-songwriters with and without recording experience. We have worked with over 130 artists in all genres to record one song or a bigger project.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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 works with seasoned and beginning singer-songwriter recording artists in all genres. Some are returning and some are new. We hold open mic singing contests to find talent and open auditions.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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,

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Recording Artists Development, Inc. Recording Workshop/Session

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

130 artists, 500 songs, success: working with more artists, offering more recording workshops, panels, open mics, providing more free and low cost recording opportunity, industry connections.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

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 a very devoted board and volunteers. 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 accounts. We have paid through Board Member donations for help in creating the new website and social media help. We are making efforts to raise awareness of Recording Artists Development, Inc. and its non-profit work.

We keep track of the artists we work with, the songs and special projects we record, we keep track of the free and low-cost studio hours, recordings, panel discussions, and consults we are providing, we continue to do three regular workshops and have added to our offerings to serve more artists, we do a "debriefing consult" at the end of each workshop to give and get feed back from the artists as to their experience in the workshop, we reach out to music industry experts to find ways to improve our offerings and work with the artists, we are working on creating a CD of songs on a specific social issue that we will use to help raise awareness of that issue, which we believe will serve RAD's creative and artistic goals of providing access to emerging artists who might otherwise not have access and ability to make their music. By doing a special project on a regular basis, this will help serve RAD's mission.

We have met our mission to provide low-cost, radio-ready demo recordings to artists who would not otherwise have access by serving over 130 artists and creating over 500 songs in all genres and working with emerging singer-songwriters of all kinds, 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 have created over 500 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.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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