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The Institute for the Musical Arts

The Institute for the Musical Arts was founded by Ann Hackler and June Millington (of Fanny, the original "godmothers of chick rock", the first all-female rock band to be signed to a major label). It operated its studio and programs from Bodega, CA's historic Old Creamery until 2001 when property was purchased in Western Massachusetts for a permanent facility. The institute's mission is to support women and girls in music and music-related businesses. Rooted in the legacy of progressive equal rights movements, IMA's development is guided by the visions, needs and concerns of women from a diversity of backgrounds and has grown from the need to nourish ourselves and each other.

The 25-acre estate on which IMA is located features a house and several barns all built in the early 1800's. The largest barn has been converted into a recording, performance and teaching facility. The space accommodates a multitude of artistic endeavors and has a seating capacity of 200, a recording chamber that could hold an orchestra, and housing for up to 25 people. In addition to its summer camps, IMA offers year-round programming in support of its nonprofit mission which, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.

Audio Samples

audio Let Love Linger (Full Mix)

audio Let Love Linger (Percussion)

IMAView video of percussion session

The Big Barn area has high ceilings so we just got the room sound for all the different percussion instruments on this one, I think these were all first takes. Just a sweet, sweet, sound in that room. ~ June of IMA

audio Let Love Linger (Drums)

audio Background vocals recorded on an MA-200

One of my favorite things to do, triple every note in a 3-part background. Works like a charm, and on this Mojave is just so warm, love love it. ~ June of IMA

audio Taylor Guitar recorded with an MA-200



The girls at Recording Camp