Affordable Housing For Music Community!


Bay Area Music Collective (BAMC) has partnered with Melrose Sound Studios to offer a distinctive affordable housing program with studio live/work spaces for musicians, engineers, and producers. It’s no secret that affordable housing for the music community is one of the biggest obstacles we face in carrying on the legacy of our musical history. This partnership is taking a step forward in offering the music community a supportive, creative, and collaborative environment to foster the growth and sustainability of our local music culture.

Melrose Sound Studios began its life in 1945 as the Oakland Ring Shop Garage. Designed by well-known Oakland Architect, Clay Burrell, Melrose was built in the Streamlined Moderne architectural style. Melrose joins other Clay Burrell-designed commercial and industrial buildings such as the California Hotel and the White Building, both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1990, the building was renamed Riff and re-purposed into 10 live/work sound studio apartments, adding separate 100 Amp electrical service to each unit. In 2014, newly renamed as Melrose Sound Studios, the property received significant investments into renovation and management improvements which afforded this one-of-a-kind partnership with Bay Area Music Collective.

The Melrose district is a growing commercial and industrial area within Oakland, California. Melrose Sound Studios is just up the street from the famous Dutch Boy and Boise Cascade artist lofts, renowned for their thriving artist communities.


 The Community

There’s no doubt that being a career musician or music industry professional is difficult to sustain…especially in the Bay Area. The mission of this project was to not only create affordable housing, but to also build a creatively diverse community of professionals who make music their sole means of livelihood. Bay Area Music Collective worked hard to create and implement a program that insured Melrose Studios was an environment that met the needs of music professionals, both as a place to live AND create. This environment fosters creativity and encourages collaboration between the Melrose tenants and the Bay Area music community at large. The possibilities are endless with a project like this. We look forward to hearing the positive results.



The Units

While there is some variation between units, the standard floor plan includes a rehearsal studio/live room and control room, a spacious living/dining/kitchen area, a bathroom, an office and a bedroom. The office and bedroom each have separate entrances and each unit comes with an assigned parking space. Each unit is approximately 1100 square feet in total.

The rehearsal studios/live rooms are soundproofed from the living area, but there is sound transmission from one rehearsal studio to the next. Because of this, these studios may be inappropriate for those who need a completely soundproofed recording space. That being said, further soundproofing and/or isolation can be added by tenants who wish to have a more controlled recording environment. Units range in pricing from $2200-$2500 per month.

Each unit includes:

  • A rehearsal studio/live room with control room and 100 Amp service
  • A bathroom and kitchen
  • A dining/living area adjacent to the kitchen
  • A bedroom with a built-in closet
  • An office with a separate exit that can be used as a bedroom

  • On-site laundry
  • Remote controlled gated entry
  • Assigned parking space
  • On-site property manager
  • Video Surveillance
  • Professional off-site manager with 24/7 emergency hotline for maintenance issues




We are currently taking applications and you can submit through the link below.  To be considered, you will be asked a series of questions to verify you are an active musician or music industry professional.

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