Studio 4 Enterprises, Inc., was created in 1996 in St. Paul, MN by David "TC" Ellis after a successful career as a recording artist with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee "Prince" on Warner Brothers and Paisley Park Records. With an intention to sell studio time and find the next recording superstar, David was instead struck with the number of young people hanging out at his studio and passionate about the recording arts. While these young people were incredibly creative, smart and enterprising, most had already dropped out of school due to boredom and a sense that school wasn't relevant to their lives and dreams. David was moved to respond to this situation and after consulting with a number of key people in his learning journey initiated Studio 4 to create the High School for Recording Arts as a public charter school in 1998.
Studio 4 Creative has managed and provided the programming for the High School for Recording Arts continuously since its inception. While HSRA has grown over those years from serving just 25 initial students per year to over 250, Studio 4 Creative has also grown to a staff of creative, education and administrative industry professionals with clients and projects with other schools, districts, corporations, foundations, governmental agencies and community based organizations from across the country and around the world.