Orpheum Open Studio

Orpheum Open Studio

Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 – 8 p.m.; and Friday, 3 – 6 p.m.

Contact: Veniece Sessions, veniece@neutral-zone.org

An opportunity for artist development and free recording time.  Learn what you need to know to perform like a pro in the studio. Sign up at the studio for one hour of free recording time.


We are also the Ann Arbor area’s most affordable, professional-quality recording studio. PLUS, you are supporting local up-and-coming music artists.

Music has been bringing people together at the Neutral Zone since its inception in 1998. After building a stage and small recording booth in 2001, Neutral Zone teens started their own record label and promotion company. That label, Youth Owned Records, became the first youth-run record label in the country.

A brief history

When Neutral Zone moved into the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor, the new building provided the perfect opportunity for staff and youth to start a new business venture. This new venture promised to both serve the community, and support Neutral Zone’s mission. Included within the new building’s capacity, was the opportunity to build a fully functioning recording studio.

After researching the idea, a business plan was created. Investors were solicited to upgrade equipment and contract acoustic renovations. The finished product was a multi-room fully integrated recording suite, elevating the studio from one room to a multi-purpose professional space. Following the completion of the renovations, THE ORPHEUM was launched, and stands today as one of the only not-for-profit recording studios in the country.