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What Does ‘Blurred Lines’ Decision Mean for Future of Music Business?

Perhaps the lines won’t be so blurred in the future. A federal jury in California on March 10 awarded the family of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million after deciding the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” too closely resembled the late singer’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” Robin Thicke and the song’s cowriter, Pharrell Williams, will… Read more

March 12th, 2015 by

IPR Math Instructor Dives into the Publishing Business

What does an IPR math instructor do in her spare time? If you ask Christy Perry, the answer is, “Start up a publishing company.” Christy already does freelance book layout, e-book conversion and website design for authors who self publish. So when one of her clients approached her about starting up a traditional press, it… Read more

March 2nd, 2015 by

Pro Tips for Music Producers

Being a music producer means you have a lot on your plate. You have to know your equipment, have an ear for sound and be able to interact well with the artists. How do the pros do it? In a post on MusicRadar, Nashville producer Dave Cobb discusses his top five tips, giving insights from… Read more

February 25th, 2015 by

IPR Hosts Snowbate Workshop

IPR recently hosted MN Film and TV and AICP Minnesota’s workshop on Snowbate, Minnesota’s rebate program for film and video productions. Approximately 40 agency directors, internal producers and commercial production decision-makers in the advertising industry were in attendance. A panel of Snowbate policy experts was moderated by MN Film and TV Executive Director Lucinda Winters…. Read more

February 25th, 2015 by

The World of Hip-Hop, With Kevin Beacham of Rhymesayers

Kevin Beacham recalls making plenty of phone calls. Most weren’t returned. But his mindset was to keep trying, keep pushing forward, keep working toward his goals. A project manager for indie record label Rhymesayers, Beacham talked about his story and how he got to where he is during IPR’s Jan. 27 Inside Tracks. Inside Tracks… Read more

February 17th, 2015 by

Another “Show Up to Show Off” Success

By Roslyn Heinemann, music and entertainment business program student Going on its second quarter in a row, the Student Advisory Board’s (SAB) Show Up to Show Off Showcase was a huge success! Created to give students the chance let loose and show off their skills on stage, this time around the event held a deeper… Read more

February 11th, 2015 by

Creative Connections

By IPR writing instructor Nell Morningstar One evening a week, when most people are driving home, or out for dinner, I drive out to one of the Minnesota Department of Corrections facilities surrounding the metro area. I am not a visitor; I am a volunteer. I teach creative writing classes for inmates through Minnesota Prison… Read more

February 10th, 2015 by

Meet Micah Johnson: IPR’s Newest Audio Artist

Hailing from Miami and Los Angeles, new IPR instructor Micah Johnson has been told he’s handling the Minnesota winter “too well,” he says. “I came prepared,” he says, “I got my snow boots early, got a remote start for my car, and got four-wheel drive. And we love it here.” Johnson, an all-star studio engineer… Read more

February 6th, 2015 by

Service Learning With Music

IPR’s 2014 Fall quarter met its end with great success, especially philanthropically. While one of its Global Citizenship classes put on musical performances to entertain at senior centers, another section raised money for Sharing and Caring Hands, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the poor. John Edmundson’s class of 17 students split into two groups and… Read more

February 5th, 2015 by

Congratulations 2014 Graduates!

By Sandra Robinson Photos by Jessica Hegland “WOW .. this is amazing!” was one of the accolades overheard from a parent attending IPR’s Fall 2014 graduation ceremony. This quarter IPR celebrated 26 graduates from its audio production and engineering, music and entertainment business, and sound design for visual media programs. Class valedictorian was Drake Nielsen,… Read more

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