Live @ The Center

Music is Art Live @ The Center began in spring 2005 as a collaboration of the Center for the Arts with the Music is Art organization and founder Robby Takac of Chameleonwest Studios and the Goo Goo Dolls.  Robby Takac and Thomas Burrows, Executive Director, Center for the Arts, serve as Executive Producers supported by a team of production personnel from the Center for the Arts, Chameleonwest Studios, local video production personnel, and UB student interns.

The Center for the Arts hosted a weekly live series featuring a unique blend of cutting-edge Western New York musicians and visual artists.  A multiple-camera crew captured footage for half-hour television episodes broadcast on WNED's Think Bright TV and New York Network and WNLO-TV and has reached over 750,000 households. Each episode highlights the intimate original musical performances, visual arts demonstrations and the stories behind the artists' work.




All previous Music is Art LIVE @ The Center seasons are in regular rotation on Thinkbright-TV on Sundays from 1:00am-2:00am. The program is also distributed to 7,400 University at Buffalo students through UB Campus Cable, and to all 64 SUNY campuses and over a half-million cable TV subscribers through the New York Network, a state-wide educational program service based in Albany. Music is Art LIVE @ The Center is also the recipient of seven Telly awards for entertainment programming, lighting design and editing. The Telly is the premier national award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

To date Music is Art LIVE @ The Center has presented 41 free shows with 10,000 total attendees. The program has reached one million households. The programs have featured 81 Musical Artists representing over 25 music genres, and 125 Visual Artists are featured representing over 25 different mediums. The production is made possible by a staff and crew of 55, and 82 students have participated in the professional internship program.

The Center for the Arts is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the University at Buffalo and its surrounding communities through the presentation of public arts and cultural events of the highest quality. Celebrating the creative process through innovative programming, the Center crosses socio-economic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. The Center nurtures excellence and innovation in the arts through education, presentation, community service, and research in the visual and performing arts, while broadening the base of understanding, appreciation, and support for the arts through meaningful community partnerships.

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