July 28th – Unveils New Live Performance Venue
” Early on I realized that the educational component of teaching music provided the same exhilaration and spirit as breaking a new musical artist. Teaching also reminded me that I am here to do one thing – to create, nurture, and develop music. So I built the finest music academy on the planet.” — Jim Chambers
Jim Chambers Music Box announces their OPEN HOUSE and unveils new performance space called SHINE BOX on Saturday, July 28th.
After long and varied tenure in the music industry Jim Chambers returns home to successfully launch one of the best new music academies in Tampa Bay – Jim Chambers Music Box aka JCMB.
There has been many stops along the path to success but what Chambers is most proud of is cultivating a powerful connection for his students when they engage with music. For the last six years, Chambers has endeavored to develop a space dedicated to more than just teaching scales and rudiments, JCMB is building young musicians while fostering a vibrant creative community. JCMB is safe place for local kids (over 400 and counting) to explore, express and experiment. Students come for the lessons but they stay for the camaraderie … and the free fruit snacks. Jim Chambers “Music Box” was recently hailed by the critics in Creative Loafing as “Musician Incubator Of the Year.” Adding to the academy this year, JCMB will launch a live venue space –THE SHINE BOX –where students and global performers can continue to hone their skills on a stage in a club environment. Chambers will make the SHINE BOX open to all area promoters and agents.
Chambers has been involved in all facets of the music business from marketing to sales to global sales to general management. Starting in the mailroom of Sky Records and working his way up to the boardroom of Sony/BMG’s New York City headquarters, Chambers thrived during his rise in the music industry. Along the way he has lent his talents to several other global entertainment companies such as Warcon Records, VH 1, Octone ( for several years working directly with the labels first signing Maroon 5,) Hybrid /Sire Records, Redeye Distribution among other ventures.
Working with diverse artists such as Dave Matthews, TOOL, Matthew Sweet, Outkast, Fishbone, TLC, Usher, Art Garfunkel, Loudon Wainwright III , Maroon 5 among many others, Chambers is proud to have won several Grammy® Awards.
All of those experiences combined make Chambers one of the most qualified to guide the next generation of players and performers in Tampa. Infamously proclaimed “the world’s finest music academy” when it was launched in 2013, THE BOX is a full service music academy offering instruction on all instruments including voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums , band formation and live performance.
Chambers artist development expertise has lead to the formation of five album producing bands and six performing ensembles, who combined have performed over 150 live concerts. A Long Way From Kansas, Extra Celestial, Heroes For Hire, Sick Hot , Inkblot, are among the bands that have launched out of The Box. The groups have performed on local TV, MLB & NFL sporting events, Gasparilla Music Festival, various benefits and more. In addition to his responsibilities as founder of JCMB, Chambers manages four groups from the academy: Sick Hot, Favorite Habit, Heroes For Hire, The Raine.
Jim Chambers efforts in the Tampa Bay Music scene were recently acknowledged by Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing critics anointing Chamber’s Music Box — “Musician Incubator Of the Year–Critics Pick” and He’s just getting warmed up.
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