Newport Folk Festival

Converse Rubber Tracks and the Newport Folk Festival have announced the return of “Converse Rubber Tracks x Newport Folk Festival Recording Week,” a special weeklong residency that offers three aspiring artists the opportunity to record for free at the state-of-the-art Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in Boston, as well as the chance to perform at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival.

Now in its second year, the program will also provide artists the opportunity to work with lauded producer and sound engineer, Dave Minehan. Minehan has served as a long-time guest engineer at Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston, including a short residency overseeing sessions with international bands from China, South Africa, and more during last year’s Converse Rubber Tracks global studio takeover.
Converse Rubber Tracks x Newport Folk Festival Recording Week” invites local, aspiring artists to apply for two days of free recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston. From Monday, July 25 – Saturday, July 30, three emerging artists will record original music in the state-of-the-art recording studio, located adjacent to the Converse world headquarters on Boston’s Lovejoy Wharf. Artists will have unlimited access to some of the most innovative technology and recording equipment in the New England Region and will work under the guidance of a renowned, professional producer. Following each session, artists will retain all rights to their work.

In addition to two-days of free recording time, the three selected artists will also be featured on the Newport Folk Festival lineup, performing on the Museum Stage on throughout the weekend from Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24. The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 and is known as the “granddaddy of all American music festivals,” featuring both established artists and young indie acts across a mix of genres that celebrate American music.

Registration is now open with chosen artists being notified on Monday, July 11. To register for the chance at a free recording session or to learn more about “Converse Rubber Tracks x Newport Folk Festival Recording Week,” please visit

Established in 2011, Converse Rubber Tracks is a multifaceted global music platform that provides emerging artists the opportunity to unleash their creative spirit. Converse Rubber Tracks recording studios connect artists with experienced engineers to create original music in a professional studio, at no cost. The current program includes the original brick-and-mortar studio in Brooklyn, a permanent studio in Boston, and pop-up studios around the world. The digital extension of the program is the award-winning Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, a growing online collection of high-quality audio samples available to musicians globally, free of charge. For more information, please visit: