"People thought I was crazy for doing this," Ann Mincieli says, sitting next to a baby grand in the penthouse of her Jungle City Studios, which opened two years ago. Amid shrinking recording budgets and the allure of inexpensive home setups, big Manhattan studios have been closing shop -- not starting anew. "I've never thought about it too hard," she says. "If I did, I probably wouldn't have succeeded."

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more.

Billboard.biz subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of Billboard.biz articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In