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THE FREE STUDIO

 

AMPLIFYING THE SOUNDS OF THE UNSUNG. 

 

The Free Studio is a resource for the community providing incarcerated youth with music education and access to professional production tools and support systems to create powerful, impactful music.

We strive to level the playing field. Our goal is to inspire the best music engineers and musically-talented individuals to be of service to underserved and underprivileged communities by applying “soul” and “science” to the urban perspective. To connect people through sound and music-- providing a safe space where the incarcerated youth can gather to express themselves, participate in workshops, seminars, education pieces; and to establish/found an annual art gala to highlight and elevate the “Hip Hop” artform.

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CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN

THE GREATER NYC AREA.

250 

 

STUDENTS SERVICED

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OUR STORY

 

Audio Pictures LLC began working on Rikers’ Island in March 2015 in collaboration with Columbia University as the Creator/Director of the Beats, Rhymes & Justice Program. The Beats, Rhymes & Justice program is an IOS mobile studio system teaching students the basics of songwriting, beat-making, and audio engineering while analyzing the meaning/social concepts behind some of Hip Hop’s most popular recordings. In 2017, Audio Pictures LLC introduced “The Free Studio:  Music Production 101” program in RMSC/RNDC. In 2019, Audio Pictures expanded to the crossroads and Horizons Juvenile facilities and consulted on the construction of the recording studio in RNDC’s “Peace Center.” Most recently in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Audio Pictures launched a Remote Learning program for the incarcerated youth serving students housed at Both Horizons & Crossroads juvenile detention centers.

OUR STORY

 

Audio Pictures LLC began working on Rikers’ Island in March 2015 in collaboration with Columbia University as the Creator/Director of the Beats, Rhymes & Justice Program. The Beats, Rhymes & Justice program is an IOS mobile studio system teaching students the basics of songwriting, beat-making, and audio engineering while analyzing the meaning/social concepts behind some of Hip Hop’s most popular recordings. In 2017, Audio Pictures LLC introduced “The Free Studio:  Music Production 101” program in RMSC/RNDC. In 2019, Audio Pictures expanded to the crossroads and Horizons Juvenile facilities and consulted on the construction of the recording studio in RNDC’s “Peace Center.” Most recently in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Audio Pictures launched a Remote Learning program for the incarcerated youth serving students housed at Both Horizons & Crossroads juvenile detention centers.

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BEATS, RHYMES & JUSTICE HIP HOP ON RIKERS ISLAND

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STUDIO CONSULTATION / CONSTRUCTION

 

After the success of the Beats Rhymes & justice/The Free Studio program inside the numerous along with buildings at Rikers Island. Audio pictures was granted the opportunity to consult the construction of the first ever recording studio at Rikers Island Peace Center in RNDC.