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Published May 14, 2013, 10:30 PM

Undeclared Records: MSUM aims to make musicians' dreams a reality

Most musicians hoping to make it big can only dream of one day signing with a record label, but a student-run group at MSUM is turning that dream into a reality for local musicians.

Most musicians hoping to make it big can only dream of one day signing with a record label, but a student-run group at MSUM is turning that dream into a reality for local musicians.

Behind the books and hours of studying lies a group that's turning the eyes and ears of everyone who stops to listen.

Rachel Goers, Undeclared Records President: "Our program and even just Undeclared Records is very unique. That's actually why I chose to go to MSUM."

Undeclared Records is MSUM's student-run record label, giving these aspiring entertainers hands-on experience in the real world music industry.

Ryan Jackson, MSUM Associate Music Professor: "They need to be very well adjusted for what's to come and I think we do that here very well."

From rock to acoustic, album art to promotions, they do it all.

"A lot more goes into making these huge songs than I think a lot of people realize."

Goers: "Everything is recorded by students and all of our artists this year were students or have been students."

Bringing sound straight from the studio to the soundboard, where the best of the best ultimately land a track on the album.

Eric Jensen, Undeclared Records Incoming President: "Really exciting being able to be a part of something that a lot of people would love to be a part of but don't necessarily have the opportunity."

Jackson: "When they come in the door they're students. By the time they leave, they're all my kids, and they're all extremely well trained professionals."

All with the heart and soul to take their talents to the next level.

Undeclared Records is made up of musicians in MSUM's Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association. The label just released its fourth album.

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