Music Industry Arts

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Music Industry Arts
Type Public
Established 1970
Location London, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations Fanshawe College.

The Music Industry Arts Program [1] at Fanshawe College was the first school of its kind in Canada, (and one of the first 3 in the world), to train young people for careers in the contemporary music industry.[1] It was started in 1970 as Creative Electronics by former Radio Caroline DJ Tom Lodge, but when the college demanded that Creative Electronics become a career program, he had the students build a recording studio, gathered music industry executives for an advisory group and changed the name of the program to Music Industry Arts. The program has been the starting point for hundreds of the world's top recording engineers, record producers, live performers, sound editors and entertainment industry executives. The program is highly competitive with only about 115 students being accepted out of 800 applications every year.[2] Students in the MIA program are also eligible for membership in a Student Section of the Audio Engineering Society.[3]

Faculty of note include but are not limited to; Steve Malison (Coordinator), Joe Vaughan, Dan Brodbeck, Mike Roth, Moe Berg, Rob Nation, Jason Chapman, Duncan Grant, Geoff Warder, David Martin, Greg Hatchette, Darryl Lahteenmaa, Matt Grady.


A part of the School of Contemporary Media, Fanshawe's Music Industry Arts (MIA) program was founded as Creative Electronics in 1973 by British disc jockey Tom Lodge formerly of Radio Caroline. With six professors and 35 students in its inaugural year, courses in the three-year program centered on electronics and music synthesizers. When the college demanded that Creative Electronics become a career program, he had the students build a recording studio, gathered music industry executives for an advisory group and in 1975 renamed the program Music Industry Arts (MIA). Along with the change in name, course offerings were expanded to include music recording and engineering, music production, artist development, live performance, music writing and audio post-production. In the mid-1980s, graduates continued to earn College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) diplomas, but the length of the program was reduced to two years. In 2010 there were 11 MIA professors, three technologists, and two lab assistants. Audio post-production professor Steve Malison, who joined MIA in 1995, became the program coordinator in 2007.[1] From 1984 until his retirement in 2007, legendary Canadian music Producer Jack Richardson was also a professor of the MIA program.


The Music Industry Arts program currently houses a total of six recording studios, a 20 station audio production lab, and a 120-seat live music performance venue. Its two main recording studios, Studio 1 (designated for first year students) and Studio 2 (for second year students) feature SSL Duality SE consoles which were installed in the summer months of 2010. Two smaller rooms, Studios 3 and 4, house SSL AWS 924 consoles. Recording is primarily done on Mac Pro systems utilizing Pro Tools and Logic software.[2] Facilities operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the school year, allowing students a unique learning experience in preparation for careers in the entertainment industry.


First year courses include Artist Development, Recording Engineering, Music Theory, Music Production, Music Preproduction, Live performance, Music Lab. Second year students take courses such as Recording Engineering, Audio Post Production, Artist Development, Live Performance, Entertainment Law, Music Business, Music Production, and Music Industry Connections.

Guest lecturers[edit]

Guest lectures are an integral part of the learning experience in the Music Industry Arts program. Some recent guest lecturers of note include:

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Trevor Morris
  • Les Stroud, Survivorman TV show
  • Mike Roth
  • Emm Gryner
  • Kevin Doyle Grammy-nominated and multiple Juno Award Winning Engineer
  • Mike McCarty, Chief Membership and Business Development Officer SOCAN
  • Gary Furniss, Sony ATV Music Publishing President
  • Greg Below, Distort Entertainment
  • Dave Wilson
  • Deric Ruttan Grammy Nominated Songwriter
  • Greg Hanna Billboard Charting Artist
  • Stuart Brawley Noted Producer Songwriter and Engineer for MIchael Jackson
  • Dale Hancocks VP Operations and General Counsel Corus Entertainment
  • Andy Crosbie Executive Producer Sparks Productions
  • Nick Kadrnka Solicitor Sony Music UK
  • Devon Portielje Half Moon Run
  • Denis Tougas Juno Award Winning Engineer
  • John "Beetle" Bailey Juno Award Winning Engineer
  • Voodoo Highway Music


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