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Judge Mathis Teams with the Recording Connection to Help Launch Careers


Television personality Judge Mathis has partnered with The Recording Connection to provide unique career opportunities for troubled young people, enabling them to train in the recording and music production arts by placing them as apprentices in actual recording studios.  Through The Connectors Scholarship Fund, qualified candidates are now receiving one-on-one apprenticeships with real music producers and audio engineers at NO CHARGE.

This one-of-a-kind six-month training program places the student as an apprentice in a real recording studio in his/her local area, paired with a working audio professional in the studio who guides the student through a structured curriculum, supplemented with actual time working on recording projects in the studio.  This not only teaches the student valuable skills, but it also gives the student an opportunity to make connections and prove himself/herself through hard work and a commitment to the tasks at hand.  For many, this can lead to a rewarding career in the music industry.  Thanks to the Recording Connection’s partnership with Judge Mathis, this opportunity is now offered FREE OF CHARGE to qualified candidates.


As a television judge, Judge Mathis is known for helping troubled people find their way—but he demonstrates a strong commitment to the community with other endeavors, as well.  These include the Mathis Community Center in Detroit, Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER) andYoung Adults Asserting Themselves (YAAT). Mathis’ partnership with the Recording Connection in providing no-charge audio engineering apprenticeships is yet another way for both to give back to the community.


A couple of years ago, during an appearance on the Dr. Drew Lifechangers television show, Judge Mathis invited Brian Kraft, Chief Academic Officer of the Recording Radio Film Connection, to give away an apprenticeship opportunity to a troubled young man Mathis was trying to help. The experience deeply inspired Kraft, as well as RRF founder James Petulla, and the pair decided to establish The Connectors scholarship fund to expand their reach to others in need.  The Connectors offer no-charge apprenticeships to qualified candidates in a variety of fields, and it is through this program that the Recording Connection now partners with Judge Mathis to provide in-studio apprenticeships at no charge to those who need it.

To learn more about The Connectors scholarship program, click here.

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