Music Business (Fall)

12 Years & Up

Sec.# Day Date Time Fee
01 Tue. 9/19 – 12/5 7:00 – 8:00pm $390/$487 (10 wks)

No class 10/31, 11/21

The Music Resource Center (MRC) is providing a comprehensive music business lecture series brought to you by an industry veteran. Platinum-winning and Grammy-nominated audio engineer Chris Steinmetz and his team give an in-depth look at the music industry, including topics such as: music copyright, licensing, artist management, music marketing and distribution. Participants will gain an understanding of the roles of song publishers, record labels, and distribution firms, as well as how to launch a successful music career. With the help of the MRC, you will be able to navigate the music scene with confidence!


About the Instructor:
Chris Steinmetz’s career in LA took off quickly as he spent his first three sessions working with Paul Simon (Graceland), John Denver, and David Lee Roth. Within a year, Producer Michael Wagener took notice of Steinmetz and hired him to engineer many classic 80s hard rock albums. During his time in LA, Steinmetz also did freelance work for many other bands such as Kiss (with Producer Bob Ezrin), and Alice in Chains – as well as many feature films.

In 1996, Steinmetz moved back to his native Chicago to be closer to family. He served as Chief Engineer at Chicago Trax before beginning a 10 year run as Senior Music Producer / Engineer at the Chicago Recording Company. Provided with access to Chicago’s growing music scene, Steinmetz’s normal clientele began to integrate hard rock and hip-hop. Between 2004 and 2008 alone, he received credits on albums by Kanye West, Disturbed, Rihanna, Twista, Lil Jon, Usher, e-dub, and Jin with all going platinum or gold. During this time, Steinmetz also helped to pioneer the
field of music mixing in 5.1 Surround Sound.

Chris Steinmetz created his own label, Stonecutter Records, in 2006 out of the desire to “advance artists to the next level in their careers and get them the exposure they deserve”.  The label’s first project, Acoustic Chicago, is a compilation of 13 Chicago artists and features their music in an acoustic format to highlight songwriting ability.

Currently, Steinmetz splits his time between working as a freelance Music Producer/Engineer/Mixer, running his label Stonecutter Records and his newest creation, Stonecutter Studios.

Instructor: Chris Steinmetz, Music Producer/Engineer/Mixer

Location: LP – Clubhouse Rm 1


Registration for this program/event begins at 9:00am on 8/3 for residents and 8/10 for non-residents.

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