[NEWS] Music 101: Student-Run Record Label in North Philadelphia Boosts Kid-Artists
Mikel Louis, who claims King Kells as his stage name, is a North Philadelphia student who now has his first album out. Louis says the opportunities he’s had only came along because of Inner Power Records, a free, student-run record label.
Inner Power Records is an afterschool program production label in North Philadelphia that aims to boost local Philadelphia artists. Through Project HOME, a community determined to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty that houses the afterschool program in its Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, Inner Power Records began in 2012 and aims to reach high schoolers who are interested in music and have big dreams: becoming the next star.
Inner Power Records teaches kids the ins and outs of music including writing, composing, recording and performing.
“When you say record label, especially to kids in the inner city, their eyebrows start to rise. Music is big in the city, man. It’s a way for kids to escape their reality or put down their reality on record,” Paul Dunnaville, digital music instructor of Inner Power Records, said.