As co-chair of the newly minted Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force, David Ivory of Gwynedd Valley wants to see the Philadelphia region become a music industry destination rivaling Nashville, New York or Los Angeles, and he sees Montgomery County Community College playing a key role in making that possible.
It was Ivory's experience as a Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum music engineer and producer, and as a national trustee representing Philadelphia for The Recording Academy (Grammys), that got him named to the Task Force, and it's his role as Provost Fellow of Sound Recording Technology at Montgomery County Community College that makes the College a player in reviving the music scene in the region.
"Studios create scenes," Ivory said, citing Sun Records in Nashville, Chess Records in Chicago and the old Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. "The best studios draw the best artists and create a music scene. That's what we want to do at Montgomery County Community College and that will help cultivate the music scene here in the County as well as the Philadelphia region."
Ivory and Michael Kelly, assistant professor and coordinator of the Sound Recording and Music Technology program at MCCC, have built a program at the College to rival similar programs at four-year colleges nationwide. The next step is to create a music recording studio at the College that could be one of just a handful of facilities on the East Coast that serves as a destination for major recording artists – making it not only the educational standard, but also the industry standard.
Ivory and Kelly have finalized plans for a Music Technology Suite at MCCC that will be a state-of-the-art facility including industry standard digital and analog equipment. The Suite has been commissioned by the College and was created by John Storyk of the Walters-Storyk Design Group, the designer of Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jay Z Studios, Alicia Keys Oven Studios in New York and many others.
"Montgomery County Community College has built a very strong Sound Recording Technology program under the leadership of Michael Kelly and David Ivory, and our vision is that the new recording studio will take the program to the next level," said MCCC President Dr. Kevin Pollock. "The curriculum is very responsive to the current and future needs of the industry and the faculty are second to none. The new studio will give students the opportunity to work hands-on with cutting-edge technology which will give them unparalleled experience when they transfer or enter the industry."
Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh, who spearheaded the creation of the city's Music Industry Task Force, said the Task Force in looking forward to utilizing the studio.
“The Sound Recording and Music Technology Program at Montgomery County Community College gives me great hope that Philadelphia will once again be a music capital," Oh said. "The students will greatly benefit from its state-of-the-art technology and excellent teachers behind the program."