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Bantam Studios
Brooklyn, NY

Bantam Studios is the home of "Booze Violin and Booze Guitar", low-cost group violin and group guitar classes and lessons for adult beginners.

Founded in 2012 by Ginger Dolden and Pete Lanctot, Bantam Studios is a haven for a cross collaboration of Music, Graphic Arts, Creative Consulting and Music Education.

Summer 2018 (Jul - Sep)


First Class: Monday, July 16, 2018
Last Class: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Recital: Thursday, September 20, Location TBD
Festival Recital: Friday, September 21, Location: Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

Register by July 9, 2018 if you need a rental instrument.
Register by July 13, 2018 if you are bringing your own instrument.


The Music Business Explained


The Music Business Explained


The focus of this course is to provide an insightful overview of how the music industry works, with a special emphasis on the people who would constitute an artist's team (i.e. those requiring to have a relationship with the artist and need regular communication). You won't learn "Get Success Quick!" strategies, nor will you gain the legal insight to assume the role of Junior Lawyer Person; there are many (un)worthy books and seminars promising just that, and they're easy to find. Rather, these classes provide an overall sense of the dynamics and psychology that exists between various professionals who work within music. Each class date, we will focus on a specific career within management, marketing and promotions, allowing each session to be audited and understood on their own, although we will draw connections between the roles. Each session will include insight into the daily workings of a particular job, while also offering an understanding for musicians who want to know what goes on at record labels, distributors, publicity and management companies, and radio promotion agencies. The goals are to provide you with a broad understanding of that job's specific responsibilities and focus, allow you to enter into the business end of a musical career with a sense of how all the cogs work, and how to best utilize each field of work as a musician assembling a team.

Ben Goldberg runs the Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing Records, known for being confusing to spell. He has managed, publicized and radio promoted artists and releases, having worked with groups such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Interpol, The Breeders and Arcade Fire, and at the labels Matador, Merge and Atlantic. This is his first time appearing in a Broadway musical and wants to thank everyone who helped get him here, especially Shoeless Joe!

Class Dates: Jul 18 - Sep 5
Class Time: 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Teacher: Ben Goldberg

Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Management
Session 3: Touring/Booking Agent
Session 4: Label
Session 5: Marketing
Session 6: Promotions (Publicity)
Session 7: Promotions (Radio, Retail)
Session 8: Publishing & Music Placement In Media

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