Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is owned and operated by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation (MSMF). The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, meaning all revenue from tours, sales of merchandise, and recording sessions go straight into bettering the studio. In addition to studio operation, the foundation works with schools in the Shoals area such as the University of North Alabama’s Music Education and Recording Technology Program and Nashville’s Blackbird Academy.
The foundation formed prior to purchasing Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 2013, and began privately fundraising to restore the original building to its previous glory. During this time, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine from Beats Electronics saw the documentary and decided to start a philanthropic wing of Beats called ‘Sustain the Sound’ to help fund the restoration of historic studios with 3614 Jackson Highway at the top of their list. With a grant to the foundation, the dream of bringing the studio back to life became a reality. In late 2015 the restoration began and was completed on January 8, 2017.
Since reopening on January 9, 2018, the studio has seen visitors from all 50 states, 40 different countries, and every continent. Thanks to all of our donors, the studio is now restored back to 1969 and ready to enhance the legacy and sustain the future of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound.