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Point Blank Music School
TypePrivate
Established1994
CEORob Cowan
Location
London, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Mumbai
Websitepointblankmusicschool.com

Point Blank is a music and creative media training school founded in London in 1994 by musician and producer Robert Cowan. It offers a variety of courses in electronic music production and sound engineering, DJing, singing and songwriting, radio broadcasting and music business. In addition to its HQ premises in Hoxton, North London, Point Blank has facilities in Los Angeles, China, Ibiza, Mumbai and online.[1][2]

History

Point Blank started as a recording studio in Greenwich, London in 1994.[3] Founder and CEO Rob Cowan had previously been a bass player in Sony-signed band Honeychile[3] and worked as a studio engineer for Matrix studios,[3] working with artists such as D:Ream and Blur.[3] Originally set up as a recording studio, Point Blank quickly evolved into a school after clients expressed an interest in learning about how the gear worked themselves.[3] The school eventually relocated to its current location in Hoxton, London where it offers courses on singing, songwriting, radio broadcasting, music business and live sound.[3]

In 2013, the school was banned by the Border Agency from sponsoring non-EU nationals for offering too many places to students who failed to meet the rules.[4] It had previously had 'highly trusted' status for a decade, and the school's managing director blamed the issue on 'formalities and clerical errors on the side of the UKBA.'[4] It was reinstated in the same year after a re-inspection.[5]

In 2015, Point Blank opened a school in Silverlake, Los Angeles. Housed in the historic Mack Sennett Studios, Point Blank's L.A. school provides students with music production and DJ courses, including Music Composition, Complete DJ and Audio Mastering Courses.[6]

Point Blank extended their London campus by opening a second studio complex in 2016.[7] The second premises, also located in Hoxton, features 7 purpose built teaching studios, including DJ and music production equipment such as a SSL Duality Delta mixing desk.[8]

In 2017, Point Blank opened an additional school in San Jose, Ibiza. The school, which is found in Ibiza's Can Blau facility, offers students a DJing and Music Producing hybrid course.[9] In September of the same year, Point Blank announced the launch of a two-week DJ/Entrepreneur course in Mumbai, in collaboration with The True School of Music.[10]

In July 2019, Point Blank opened a school in Hangzhou, China. The school, in partnership with NetEase FEVER, offers courses including music production, DJing, singing & songwriting, music industry and weekend courses.[11]

Notable alumni

Partnerships

Point Blank is partnered with Middlesex University and offers a BA (Hons) Music Production and Sound Engineering degree with the University.[12] Point Blank is an Ableton Education Partner,[13] an Apple Inc. Training Centre,[14] Steinberg Training Centre and Native Instruments Training Centre.[15] It has also partnered with Solid State Logic (SSL) since 2016.[16]

Record Label

Point Blank runs its own in-house record label, Point Blank Recordings, founded to help establish talented students in the music industry.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Point Blank Launches School in Mumbai". highonscore. olivertylee.
  2. ^ "Point Blank Music School launches Ibiza college". DJMag.com. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Inside Point Blank: The DJ And Electronic Music School". Ministry of Sound. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b Leading music college loses border licence – BBC News
  5. ^ Burns, Judith (25 July 2013). "Goldie's former music college wins back border licence". BBC News. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ Rothlein, Jordan (10 September 2014). "Point Blank opens LA branch". Resident Advisor.
  7. ^ "Point Blank Music School". Parkeray. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Point Blank unveils new studio complex in London". Sound on Sound. 2 October 2016.
  9. ^ Wilson, Mick (1 April 2017). "Point Blank Music School Launches College in Ibiza". DJ Mag.
  10. ^ Ramesh, Sneha (2 September 2017). "Point Blank Music School is Now in India". High on Score.
  11. ^ "Point Blank China to Accelerate Electronic Music Education in the Far East". DJ Mag. 6 June 2019.
  12. ^ Point Blank launches Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree | Point Blank
  13. ^ "Ableton Education Partners". Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Apple Profiles in Success: Point Blank". Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  15. ^ "OFFICIAL NI EDUCATION PARTNERS". Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Point Blank Music School Becomes SSL Partner | Solid State Logic". www2.solidstatelogic.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  17. ^ "RA: Point Blank – Record Label". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 10 May 2017.

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