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Tannian, Monica

President, Milk Money Consulting

Studio veteran Monica Tannian created Milk Money Consulting, Inc. after a several year stint managing Dallas Austin’s DARP Studios. She started the business to offer support services to the hardest working, least recognized craftsmen of the music business: engineers, songwriters and musicians. Monica got her start setting up band equipment, running lights and negotiating with club owners while managing Philly rock bands in the mid 80’s nights and working at the Bureau of Economics at the University of Delaware by day. Monica gave up the economics field when she found her niche as a studio manager at Kajem Recording. Tucked into an old school, blue blood suburb of Philadelphia, Kajem became an unlikely home for some of the biggest hard rock bands of the late 80’s, like Cinderella, Queensryche and Metal Church. Near the end of Monica’s time at Kajem, she met young up-and-coming producer Dallas Austin, who was recording the first Boyz II Men record. Several years later Dallas brought Monica in to reorganize and manage the faltering DARP (Dallas Austin Recording Projects) Studios. With her help, DARP Studios buoyed to the surface, fiscally and creatively, becoming one of the country’s top recording studios. Monica’s brainstorm for starting Milk Money was a desire to assemble a roster of good, capable engineers, and musician/songwriters to work with. Once she had her trusted crew, Milk Money started to offer its services to producers and studios. It has proven a successful venture. The Milk Money crew works with the best performers in the Industry and are routinely involved in Grammy winning projects. Monica Tannian – President Bio Studio veteran Monica Tannian created Milk Money Consulting, Inc. after a several year stint managing Dallas Austin’s DARP Studios. She started the business to offer support services to the hardest working, least recognized craftsmen of the music business: engineers, songwriters and musicians. Monica’s Background Monica got her start setting up band equipment, running lights and negotiating with club owners while managing Philly rock bands in the mid 80’s nights and working at the Bureau of Economics at the University of Delaware by day. Monica gave up the economics field when she found her niche as a studio manager at Kajem Recording. Tucked into an old school, blue blood suburb of Philadelphia, Kajem became an unlikely home for some of the biggest hard rock bands of the late 80’s, like Cinderella, Queensryche and Metal Church. Near the end of Monica’s time at Kajem, she met young up-and-coming producer Dallas Austin, who was recording the first Boyz II Men record. Start of Milk Money Several years later Dallas brought Monica in to reorganize and manage the faltering DARP (Dallas Austin Recording Projects) Studios. With her help, DARP Studios buoyed to the surface, fiscally and creatively, becoming one of the country’s top recording studios. Monica’s brainstorm for starting Milk Money was a desire to assemble a roster of good, capable engineers, and musician/songwriters to work with. Once she had her trusted crew, Milk Money started to offer its services to producers and studios. It has proven a successful venture. The Milk Money crew works with the best performers in the Industry and are routinely involved in Grammy winning projects. Monica balances her hectic business life with yoga and meditation which provide her an anchor of sanity. Monica also believes in service and has been working with her sister, Joyce, on a project called “Kenya: Water is Life.” to raise money to dig wells for much needed water in Kenya. Monica’s trusty Ridgeback, Coltrane is never too far from her side, gracing the studio and office with an air of dignity.

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