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“The Connectors”: Good News for Audio Students and Others

Here’s a tidbit for those interested in learning professional audio: if you want to learn audio engineering and music production, but can’t afford the cost of school, The Connectors may be able to scholarship you for a full, six-month apprenticeship in a real recording studio near where you live.

The Connectors is a new reality television series currently in development, which is themed around connecting deserving candidates with their dream careers. The show is hosted by James Petulla and Brian Kraft, experts in the apprenticeship-based learning approach, who will be traveling around the country to provide fully-funded apprenticeships to aspiring audio engineers, filmmakers, culinary artists, entrepreneurs and others. Applicants who are selected will be featured on the show, and will be given a full scholarship to apprentice one-on-one for six months with a successful professional in their field of interest.

Petulla and Kraft have a particular interest in the field of audio engineering; as co-founders of the Recording, Radio and Film Connection, they have already helped hundreds of people launch music industry careers through on-the-job apprenticeships in real recording studios around the country. So if you’ve been contemplating audio engineering school, but feel you can’t afford it, The Connectors invites you to apply for a scholarship through their program. If selected, you could go through the Recording Connection mentor-apprentice audio engineering program for free.

The idea behind apprenticeship-based learning is simply that it is sometimes more effective to learn a career by working one-on-one with someone who already does it for a living. Tradesmen and craftsmen, for example have taught their skills through apprenticeships for many centuries. This learning approach has proven to be quite effective for audio engineers and music producers, because the music industry actually seems to favor people with proven experience and inside connections.

The Connectors, of course, is not limited to audio engineering students; the website provides a long list of possible career choices for which applicants can apply for scholarships. The list includes filmmaking, acting, interior design, professional photography, architecture, radio broadcasting, and a slew of others.

If you’d like to be considered for a full scholarship to apprentice in a recording studio, simply go to the “Apply” page on The Connectors website, and follow the instructions.

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About the Author


David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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