[UPDATE, 3/16/15: The Prospect Park Alliance has emailed us to let us know that this program has been discontinued. Sorry!]
You’ve got a great album bouncing around the skull of yours, but you just don’t have the money to get to a recording studio and lay the thing down. the era of being like Wavves and recording the whole thing into a tape recorder in your bedroom and people thinking that’s cool is over, so we have a better suggestion: volunteer for eight hours helping out around Prospect Park and you get three hours for free at the Audobon Center’s recording center The Beat Cave. Just think how much more authentic your folk album will be after you earned the recording time by spending 16 hours planting trees.
There’s a couple of catches to the deal, because there always are. Or well, at least one catch. You need to be between 15 and 26 years old to be eligible for the volunteer-for-time trade. Otherwise, you can do the trade, which is volunteering for eight hours over two days in exchange for three hours of recording time, as much as you want.
According to the Prospect Park Alliance, the Beat Cave is a new and fully-stocked recording center, and they’ll even hook you up with a recording engineer who will help you master your masterpiece. Which is a nice touch, knowing that you won’t be singing into something that makes Victrola records. Anyway, check out the whole offer, which is pretty simple, and go get some dirt under your fingernails.