Acclaimed Songwriter Justin Tranter Donates “The Justin Tranter Recording Studio” To The Chicago Academy for the Arts

Justin Tranter performs at The Justin Tranter Recording Studio Ribbon Cutting Event at The Chicago Academy for the Arts on September 20th, 2018.

Justin Tranter and Jason Patera (Head of The Chicago Academy for the Arts) at The Justin Tranter Recording Studio Ribbon Cutting Event at The Chicago Academy for the Arts on September 20th, 2018.

Justin Tranter with members of their graduating class and faculty members at The Justin Tranter Recording Studio Ribbon Cutting Event at The Chicago Academy for the Arts on September 20th, 2018.
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September 21, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Last night, Golden Globe and Grammy nominated songwriter Justin Tranter returned to the school that saved their life years ago. Tranter made a donation to The Chicago Academy for the Arts to fund a state-of-the-art recording studio and hire a part-time music teacher for the next three years. “The Justin Tranter Recording Studio” was officially unveiled at a celebratory ribbon cutting event at the school yesterday evening with friends, family, current students, and faculty members in attendance.

The event featured students demonstrating the studio’s capabilities and inspired speeches from Tranter, Jason Patera (Head of School at The Chicago Academy for the Arts), Rose Colella (Chair of the Music Department at the Chicago Academy for the Arts) and Jack Murray (Studio Manager & Director of Recording Arts and Commercial Music). To conclude the special occasion, Tranter performed several songs alongside present Academy students and a local string trio.

This gift funds the conversion of three underutilized rooms, including a classroom and an office, into a cutting-edge three-room recording and production facility. The studio houses a control room, a tracking room and a four-station music production classroom. All of which contain top-of-the-line music software and hardware for the students to use. Additionally, the donation is funding a part-time teacher to lead a “Contemporary Writing and Production” elective course that will debut this fall. For more information on Tranter and The Academy, visit HERE.

“There’s no point in having privilege unless you pay that privilege forward,” Tranter said about the donation. “Now that I’ve followed my dreams and have had financial privilege, I want to pay that forward as much as possible. Not only will this give students an amazing way to make music, but it also creates a very employable skill – engineering – for students going to The Academy.”
As a student at The Academy, Tranter also created the AIDS Benefit: a student-run variety show that helps raise awareness and advocacy for HIV/AIDS. The event will host it’s 22nd annual presentation this evening, September 21st, 2018. Since its inception, The Academy students have raised tens of thousands of dollars for AIDS research, support, care and organizations.
2018 has been an extremely busy time for the songwriter. Not only did they become the only songwriter nominated for both ‘Song of the Year’ at the GRAMMYS® with ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels and ‘Best Original Song’ at the Golden Globes® with ‘Home’ from Ferdinand performed by Nick Jonas, but they also won “Songwriter of The Year” at the 2018 BMI Pop Music Awards for the second consecutive year. Along with “Songwriter of the Year,” Tranter also took home four more BMI Pop Music Awards that night, for co-writing Imagine Dragons’ “Believer”, Linkin Park’s “Heavy”, Julia Michaels’ “Issues” and Maroon 5’s “Cold” and was recently nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ for Spotify’s Secret Genius Awards.

Tranter’s 2018 co-writing credits include Imagine Dragons’ “Natural”, Julia Michaels’ “Jump”, Shea Diamond’s “Kesha Complexion”, Leon Bridges “Beyond”, Cardi B’s “Thru Your Phone” and Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel”. In 2017 alone, Tranter landed four Top 10 smashes at Pop Radio and by year-end, the maverick garnered “Songwriter of the Year” at the BMI Pop Awards and stood out as “the only pop songwriter to land two songs on Variety’s ‘HitMakers’ Most Consumed List'”. They are currently in the studio working with Bebe Rexha and Gwen Stefani, among many others.

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