A Letter from the Dean

Welcome to Pioneer Records!


Pioneer Records is a student-lead record label in the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University. It was founded in 2014 by students in the Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management degree program  as a learning laboratory.

Pioneer Records provides undergraduate and graduate students real-world music industry experiences and the opportunity to work directly with recording artists, studio engineers, venues managers, and other industry professionals.

School of Business students bring the classroom to life through direct work experiences in A&R (artists and repertoire), marketing, operations, public relations, and booking. This innovative and engaging academic approach challenges students to intellectually grow while providing a strong foundational knowledge about the entertainment business.

Each fall, students select an artist to be the next “Pioneer Star.” The label partners with Red Caiman Media Studios, an advanced commercial recording facility located in downtown Pittsburgh, to produce a professional EP featured at an album release party at Stage AE.

We are pleased to have Ed Traversari as a faculty advisor to Pioneer Records. Ed is an Associate Professor with more than 37 years of live entertainment experience with companies such as DiCesare Engler, now Live Nation—the largest producer of live entertainment events in the United States.

The Rowland School of Business is very proud to support student incentives, such as Pioneer Records, and encourages you to get involved!

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Stephen Tanzilli, J.D.

Dean, Rowland School of Business