Beats & Breaks Battles, a series of performance competitions between up-and-coming hip hop producers from around the country, will take place in Jersey City, New Jersey at JC Studios beginning on April 21. The Battles are sponsored by SAE Institute USA, and the winners will compete in an overall regional contest at the New York campus of SAE Institute in August. Read the full article here.

Richard “Freeverse” Lopez, a student in the Audio Technology Program at SAE Institute Los Angeles, has signed a multi-year production deal with Beatology Music, a production company in North Hollywood that represents platinum-selling producers, writers, and musicians. Lopez’s music tracks will be made available to record labels, film companies, ad agencies/commercial production houses, and television producers around the world. Read the full article here.

Katie Flint, an administrator at SAE Institute’s Atlanta campus, is the director of the debut music video “PB&JAM” by Atlanta-based indie band The Merry-Go-Rounds. The video was among 16 finalists in Creative Loafing’s Short Cuts Film Contest, which showcased Atlanta musicians. Read more here.

Shaul Dover, a 2009 graduate of SAE Institute New York’s Audio Technology Program, is the owner of Sweatshop Studios, an audio recording and production facility in Katonah, NY. Originally launched as a music production studio, Sweatshop has recently expanded its business by making its services available to creative professionals in the film, streaming web, and commercial production industries. Read more here.

Hector De Marchena, a 2013 graduate of SAE Institute Miami’s Audio Technology Program, licensed the track “The Theory of Fudu” by producer John Axiom for usage in Ridley Scott’s 2013 hit thriller “The Counselor”, starring Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz. Read the full article here.

Amanda Davis, a 2010 graduate of SAE Institute Atlanta’s Audio Technology Program, will be the front of house engineer for the U.K. concerts of Grammy-nominated vocalist Janelle Monae, which will take place in May ’14 in Birmingham, London, and Manchester. Read the full article here.

Beats & Breaks Battles, a competitive performance event featuring aspiring hip hop producers from around the country, will be held in Chicago through March, April, and May. The Battles will be sponsored by SAE Institute USA, and will produce winners who will compete in an overall regional contest at the Chicago campus of SAE Institute in July. Find out more here.

New Campus Director Marcella Holness brings 10 years of education management experience to SAE Institute Miami. Read the full article here.

Matthew Carnes, a graduate of SAE Institute’s Audio Technology Program, was selected for inclusion in the “40 Under 40” list of Arkansas Business, the leading weekly business journal for Arkansas. Carnes’ work as the owner/operator of Carnes Audio Visual, a successful commercial and residential audio visual installation consultancy based in Little Rock, earned him a place on the Arkansas Business listing. Read the full article here.

Louis Bartolini, a 2012 graduate of the Audio Technology Program at SAE Institute’s San Francisco campus, is the producer, engineer, and mixer of the song “Protect Our Ground” by rapper Marshall Payne, which has been chosen as the team anthem by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Read the full article here.