AN HISTORIC RECORD LABEL - A PROUD NEIGHBORHOOD - A COMMUNITY-ENGAGED UNIVERSITY
These unique community assets provide the foundation for a new development called King Studios. Inspired by the legacy of historic King Records and fueled by the academic investment and economic development of nearby Xavier University, this one-of-a-kind facility will be located in Cincinnati’s Evanston community, in the heart of the Montgomery Road business district. It will feature the dynamic integration of music and arts education, entrepreneurial training, and cultural history all under one roof.



To accomplish this, King Studios will comprise 3 distinct yet interrelated enterprises:

  • THE KING RECORDS EXPERIENCE will be an interactive space commemorating the unique musical and social contributions of the legendary King Records. From 1943-1971, owner Syd Nathan and his racially diverse leadership team discovered an eclectic assemblage of artists, from Rhythm & Blues greats like James Brown and Hank Ballard to Country & Western stars like The Stanley Brothers and Cowboy Copas. The King Records Experience will bring some of these early influences back to life.

  • THE KING STUDIOS RECORDING CENTER will be a facility devoted to the preservation of the eclectic musical heritage of King Records. The studio will not only serve as a place for local musicians to produce their music, but through a unique partnership with Xavier University it will also cultivate young entrepreneurs in music recording and arts management in Evanston and other Cincinnati communities. It will serve as a laboratory for Xavier students majoring in music and a new arts management program, and for neighborhood high school students through an entrepreneurial apprenticeship program.

  • THE FLAVOR OF ART STUDIO is a community arts center that provides pre-teens/ teens (10-18 yrs old), senior citizens, and under-served residents from Evanston and surrounding communities with the opportunity to discover the life-changing power of creating visual art. The studio promotes community arts as a resource for education, professional development, and community building. It will also serve local art teachers and university students pursuing careers as artists and art educators.


AN HISTORIC RECORD LABEL - A PROUD NEIGHBORHOOD - A COMMUNITY-ENGAGED UNIVERSITY
A UNIQUE ENGINE FOR ARTS EDUCATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CULTURAL HISTORY


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