The ultimate goal of NZ’s Music programs is to provide teens an opportunity to develop their artistic skills and knowledge through mentorship, training, live performances, recorded releases, and entrepreneurial endeavors.
The Neutral Zone offers unique, youth-driven programs in music and performing arts, rooted in a positive youth development approach and supported by professional staff with real-world experiences. Neutral Zone hosts a concert venue, recording studio, and workshops in performance technology, djing, and mcing with a focus on entrepreneurship. Through performance and technology, NZ helps teens generate, perform and distribute original music This is the complete package for teens to discover their talents and engage in the music industry.
B-Side Promotion, Mondays 4-5:30 pm
Combine business skills and a love of music by booking and promoting concerts and special events at the Neutral Zone. Event promoters meet weekly to discuss upcoming events, create marketing strategies and learn what it takes to run The B-Side, NZ’s concert venue.
DJ Workshop, Wednesdays 6-8 pm
Learn the skills and techniques involved in mixing vinyl records and digital music live. The secrets of scratching, mixtapes and creating a dynamic full DJ set will all be revealed. All genres are welcome.
Emcee Workshop, Tuesdays 6-8 pm
Meet up with hip hop artists in our community through writing, recording, and performing rhymes. Emcees write original rhymes and share critiques, use Pro Tools to record and host open mics to feature our workshop.
Youth Owned Records, Thursdays 5:30 pm-7 pm
YOR, one of the first youth-operated record labels in the country, is dedicated to recording, distributing and marketing the freshest local teen artists. Teen record company members work to discover the best acts, get them into the recording studio and successfully promote and sell their original music.
Orpheum Recording Studio, Tuesdays 4:30-6 pm
The Orpheum is an all-ages, youth-run recording studio housed in the Neutral Zone. Teens meet weekly with an NZ staff member to learn audio engineering techniques, manage the schedule, make the budget and market the studio. Each youth engineer receives ongoing, advanced training in recording digital audio and participates in recording sessions alongside NZ staff.
Beatmaking, Mondays 4-6 pm, Wednesdays 5-7 pm & Fridays 4-6 pm
If you’re interested in learning to produce electronic and hip hop music, this is the place to be. After a short introductory session, teens have access to create music through technology by using Maschine, Reason, Logic or Garageband in a studio environment with guidance from mentors.
Questions? Contact NZ Music Coordinator, Ingrid Racine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.