‘Stop the Violence’ opens recording studio for Fresno youth
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A nonprofit organization in Fresno is taking action to get students off the streets and giving them a creative outlet to express themselves.
From production to recording, New Waves Studio’s goal is to help students make music from start to finish.
“How to do it all yourself,” said artist Kyle Corbin. “How to own their stuff, how to make it, how to make money doing it.”
Located inside the Hinton Community Center on Church and Fairview, the new music studio will provide students with a safe space.
“There’s a lot of gang activity and intervention in this area,” said Joby Jones, founder of Stop the Violence. “Stop the Violence is a strategy to overcome prison and poverty. It is a strategy to overcome these obstacles.”
It was Kyle Corbin who came up with the idea and worked with Stop the Violence to make it happen.
“I was looking for a place and he provided me,” Corbin said. “I also have a vision for a classroom to teach kids to do what I do here.”
It took six months to build the space from scratch and now they are ready to use it this school year.
“They learn how to produce, how to write, and then they go and put it all together and perform it in front of everyone,” Jones said.
“How to build yourself, grow your business, pretty much taste the dream,” Corbin said. “If their dream is music, this is the place to be.”
There will be a charge for studio recording time, but if cost is an obstacle, staff say they will find a way to work with students.
“At the end of the day, we don’t want to turn away people who want to learn something and do something,” Jones said.
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