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Keep the Edge Studios

Ashley Brown: What My Internship did for Me

Ashley Brown, recent Music Business graduate and former intern at Keep the Edge Studios, (an upstart recording studio in Quincy, MA) tells Berklee Blogs how her internship helped her determine and prepare for her future career

I’m proud to say that I’ve finally completed my internship at Keep the Edge Studios and my last semester at Berklee!  Graduating from college seems so surreal, but I’m so excited for life post-Berklee.  For all of you out there who are wondering about interning, here’s a little reflective blog post about my experience with Berklee’s internship program, and my time at Keep the Edge.

My supervisor, Keith, was so great during my internship.  He gave me tasks to work on and trusted me enough to complete them in a timely manner without having to micromanage me.  Being a music business major and concentrating on management has opened my eyes to different types of management styles, and being at this internship has helped me figure out what type of management style I would like to adopt for myself in the future.  It was really refreshing being in a professional environment where my supervisor was cool enough to trust me to do the tasks laid out for me, without having to breathe down my neck to make sure I was doing them. I had a lot of freedom and it felt really nice. 

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Ashley Brown: Concierge Extraordinare

Berklee Blogs follows Ashley Brown as she interns at Keep the Edge Studios, an upstart recording studio in Quincy, MA

The past few weeks at my internship have been really great!  The studio had its grand opening event on February 19th, which went extremely well. The event was catered, there was live music, and everyone that came had a great time. I only stayed for an hour, but my supervisor told me the following Tuesday that there was constant traffic through the studio during the four-hour event. The event was a great way to get the word out about Keep the Edge. A couple weeks before the grand opening event, I was given the responsibility of calling local newspapers to ask about press releases. I started by researching all the local papers in the Boston and Quincy area (including surrounding smaller towns) and writing down their contact information.  Then, I called each place and asked them to put a press release in their next issue for the studio’s grand opening event.  I was honestly surprised by how many positive responses I got from people. It was a great activity for me because I’m usually afraid of talking on the phone.

This past week I’ve been working a lot with the new intern, Caitlin, who is incredibly nice. We started to put together a calendar of shows for Caitlin to go to in the Boston area so that she can talk to bands about recording at Keep the Edge. I got to walk around Berklee this past week and pick up flyers for local shows at smaller venues that aren’t so widely advertised online (which was where Caitlin was getting most of her information from). It felt good to be able to use my knowledge of local venues to help Caitlin out since she is unfamiliar with Boston venues.

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Ashley Brown: Keep the Edge Studios

Berklee Blogs follows Ashley Brown as she interns at Keep the Edge Studios, an upstart recording studio in Quincy, MA

For all of you who haven’t interned yet, it can definitely be a daunting process. Trust me. I know. But listen to me when I say that it doesn’t have to be all running coffee and answering to impatient employers. Sometimes, it can be a fantastically pleasant learning experience.

This week, I started my internship at Keep the Edge Studios in Quincy, MA. Right away, my supervisor was so nice to me and the work environment was really relaxing. Because the studio recently opened a couple months ago, it’s still taking on other interns and doesn’t have any other employees. I met one of the other interns, but I won’t be working with him because he will be working in the control room while I do administrative work. My first day was spent cleaning the studio. My supervisor told me that I would be cleaning the studio for clients every couple of weeks, so that will be my bi-weekly Tuesday activity. My supervisor also told me that I would be doing research for the studio, organizing and filing, and I will be helping set up the studio for sessions. Overall, my first day was a success.

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Life After Berklee: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

Our year building our business (and not in a figurative way) was the most grueling, gut wrenching, defining moment of my life, and though I can’t speak for my business partner, Keith, I’m sure he’d say the same.

Last week, Keep The Edge Studios, our brand new recording studio in the heart of Quincy Center, was given the green light for full occupancy and operations by the city officials. WIN.

I know there’s a long road ahead, but things are looking up. We’re no longer dealing with carpenters and builders and questions about lighting fixtures and carpet samples. We’re dealing with musicians. Our folk. The folk that inspired our entire operation. We can now sit in a control room and look across 2000 square feet of beautiful hardwood and floor to ceiling windows and say “this is ours, we did it.” We can sit in our lounge, watch Netflix and drink coffee from our absurdly over-sized Keurig machine we were given for Christmas. Coffee’s bitterness seems to dissipate when you’re drinking it in a building that six months ago, was an empty concrete square. (Or maybe because I’ve just gotten used to the taste over the last few months).

We’ve gotten some press in the Patriot Ledger here. The article launched the business into the public eye and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since. We’ve even been re-posted here as spearheading the start of arts redevelopment in Quincy Center. The Quincy 2000 collaborative is putting $1.6 billion into the city center, and we’re at the forefront. Even better, we now have our own very account with WB Mason (…same day delivery?! How is that even possible?). We’re really here and it’s really happening. Welcome to adulthood.

We’ve got some great projects on the horizon. Ones we’re really excited about and we hope to cultivate more of. Our ribbon cutting ceremony will be happening later this month with the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Quincy and an open house will be the following weekend. I expect you all to be there!

Keep The Edge Studios is located at 1150 Hancock St, Lower Level Quincy, MA 02169, just across the street from the Red Line Quincy Center T stop. Featuring 2000 square feet of recording space, it’s the stand out recording facility on Boston’s South Shore with multiple iso rooms, a huge live room and two control rooms and unbelievable sight lines.

For photos of the studio visit Keep The Edge Studios flickr account:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/keeptheedge/sets/72157628381267989/

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