San Diego’s local music scene is slowly returning after pandemic shutdowns. Today, a nonprofit music school, Gallery 130, is helping new San Diego artists break into the industry.
“It’s an environment in which we nurture artists early in their careers until they have millions of views on their Spotify and Soundcloud accounts,” said Jesse Brennan, Gallery Board Member. 130.
Creative space opened up amid the coronavirus pandemic as the entertainment industry took a hard hit.
“They’ve helped me release an EP so far. It was self-written and they helped me get it to a place where I could take it out because I was working with amateur producers at the time, ”said Emma Levant, singer and gallery member. 130.
Levant hopes that professional producers and engineers will help him take his music career to the next level.
“I feel like I’m finally on the right track. I’m not sure where it’s going, but I feel like I’m finally on my way to a really great place, ”said Levant.
Hands-on production support is a fraction of the cost compared to other professional music studios.
“We help them produce, master, write, develop their brand, teach them how to play music and get paid for it. The business side of things that artists of all talents might not know, ”said Frankie Silver, singer and mentor at Gallery 130.
The music and events industry plays a large role in San Diego, employing thousands of people. The creative space of Galerie 130 shows that there is a bright future for live music.
More than 200,000 people in San Diego were economically impacted when concerts and festivals were canceled last year, according to the San Diego Event Coalition.
“The entertainment industry has taken a huge hit, luckily it is making a comeback,” Brennan said.
Galerie 130 is holding a benefit concert on Saturday, November 20 at Quartyard downtown from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will feature Frankie Silver and other members of Gallery 130.