45 Casco St
Portland, Maine. The Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) is thrilled to announce that it is opening a new location in downtown Portland beginning in June. The new space will be located in the historic Walker Manual Training School building located at 45 Casco St which is also the home of a number of other businesses including David Hembre - Architect, Inc., Jill McGowan Inc. design studio, BarSculpt, DJ Jon, and The Studio Portland, a professional recording studio that has operated there since 1981.
“As chair of the coolest rock 'n' roll nonprofit, I’m so proud of this organization" says MAMM board member Deb Ivy. "In the past three years MAMM has tripled in size - we now serve over 1600 students statewide. Our supporters have fueled this growth allowing nearly 1200 of these kids to access our programming at a free or reduced cost through scholarships and other fundraising efforts. Our new location on Casco Street will give us the opportunity to not only grow our program offering, but also gives us a new downtown presence within walking distance for many students.”
This will be MAMM's second location in Portland. In 2015 MAMM opened its main office space at 125 Presumpscot St. The new location on Casco St will offer MAMM much needed additional rehearsal studios and lessons rooms to meet the school's increasing programming demands.
"This beautiful new space will allow us to better serve our students that live on the Portland peninsula who cannot easily travel to our Presumpscot St location" says MAMM director and founder Jeff Shaw. "Likewise, it will also bring us closer to a number of our partner organizations such as the Preble Street Teen Center and King Middle School allowing us to further deliver on our mission of making our programs accessible to all students."
The suite that MAMM will occupy will be adjacent to The Studio which creates a fantastic opportunity for MAMM to partner with the owner, David Hembre, to allow students regular access to a professional recording studio and a chance to work closely with some of the finest local audio engineers.
"45 Casco Street is excited to have this new relationship with MAMM" says David Hembre. "Our former school building, built in 1906, was a facility for teaching Portland High School students the trades. So it feels good that we will now have young musicians spending time here and our current remodeling is responding to the needs of a new generation of sound studio use."
Construction is under way to refinish the space and to build out the rehearsal and lesson rooms. MAMM will be moving in June 1st and the school will be hosting all of its 2018 Portland summer camps at the new location.
125 Presumpscot Street