Lynne Howard, who converted a disused railway arch site in Glasgow’s Merchant City with the help of a six-figure small business start-up loan from Royal Bank of Scotland, has turned Glasgow Music Studios into a hub of music rehearsal, recording and teaching.
The studio, which comprises three state-of-the-art soundproof “acoustic pods” and a control room, has become a thriving hub of music education in the city centre, being rented for lessons by 12 teachers of various instruments, including piano, bagpipes and guitar, in styles from classical to electro.
Since opening in October 2010 after complex negotiations with the site owner Network Rail, the studio, which has a staff of four, has expanded its offering from rehearsal facilities to high-tech recording possibilities, and offers lessons in recording technology, as well as music.
The studios also host parties for children and adults, and groups with special needs. Discussions are now under way with Creative Scotland about a scheme to involve young would-be musicians and participate in the Merchant City Festival.
Howard said that bookings are “going from strength to strength”. They have been increasing on a steady trajectory, from 120 in February to 170 for May.
Margaret Kennedy, regional director, RBS Business Banking, said: “Lynne brings great drive and knowledge to this business and our support reflects her outstanding commitment and professionalism.
“These are challenging economic times for the business community but we remain focused on funding the investment to help businesses across the country to develop and grow.”
Howard is currently at the planning stage for a summer holidays “School of Rock”, which will see her work with groups of school children, helping them to compose and produce songs, as well as design their own CDs.