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Thu, May 20


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Getting off the ground starting your studio or label

Publishing? Run a studio? Returning to a live sound business? Manufacturing audio hardware or software? Broadcast? Post-Production? Join us for a discussion on moving through 2021 with (a LOT of) learnings from 2020...

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Getting off the ground starting your studio or label
Getting off the ground starting your studio or label

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May 20, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

YouTube Live


January 16th, 2020 kicked off the official opening of the NAMM show to the full audience. Attendees were wide-eyed at the [latest-iteration] expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center, and the wonderment of all NAMM has to offer. Less than 60 days later, the entire world changed for audio engineers, along with their video production counterparts and creative artist peers. Previously, this presentation was designed for new recording studios and record labels. With so many audio engineers having to pivot in this post-lockdown era, we’ll cover topics on right-setting your current business or reinventing your audio business.

Areas to be covered:

*accessing legal guidance

*local support from your municipalities, state and national organizations

*choosing an entity structure

*basic accounting/bookkeeping/banking options

*insurance consideration

*building a team (inside or outside your organization)

*production agreements (artists, work-for-hire, letters of direction)


*sync licensing

*managing royalties

and more…


Brian (Bt) "Gibbs" is co-owner & principal at Skyline Entertainment & Publishing (Tool Shed Studios) in Silicon Valley. With 30+ record credits in 2020, Gibbs uses his B.M. from Berklee College of Music (Jazz Composition) as a record producer, mixing engineer & immersive mixing engineer. He has worked on many records for Bay Area artists including Los Tigres del Norte's "Realidades" (2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Regional Mexican Album, including Tejano).

Gibbs is also a 10yr+ Recording Academy voting member working within the San Francisco chapter Producers & Engineers Wing, District Advocate Captain (CA-19) and Grammy U mentor. In addition, he was 2020 Section Chair for the Audio Engineering Society (AES) San Francisco, AES Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Task Force and is a current Co-Chair for the AES 151st Convention (Fall 2021).

In addition to presenting at multiple AES conferences on immersive mixing techniques, he has also presented multiple times at Music Expo (SF & Boston) Berklee College of Music, Cal State University campuses, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Webster University and other audio engineering educational institutions.  He is also a current SMPTE member in the San Francisco section.

One of Gibbs' primary focus is on diversity & inclusion across all disciplines and genres of music creation, both behind the microphone and behind the record.

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