Rock ‘n’ Arts Academy

Rock ‘n’ Arts Academy — Making A Difference For Upstate Youth!

Over many months of filming “Dancing Flea” (an in-depth documentary on the ukulele craze sweeping the nation), we have developed a great appreciation for the power of music and the arts to touch kids lives in positive ways.  After filming the great folks at The Rock Teen Center we became deeply inspired by the life-changing work of the Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation. We remain on a steadfast mission to provide the same type of sanctuary, positive energy and creative journeys for Upstate youth! We are in the process of joining together with local leaders, large and small corporate sponsors and charities to fund, develop and launch our very own “arts-based teen center” here in Greenville, South Carolina. Christian based values drive all that we do. We are blessed and excited to announce the future of Rock ‘n’ Arts Academy!


Current Studio Facility and Equipment

Our current studio “in action” located in Greenville, SC. This is all equipment that will be integrated into the new facility along with additional high-end movie quality video and sound recording equipment that will be made available for the kids. We have everything we need to get started and are ready to rock!


Living In Greenville, SC

Greenville has been named one of the "Top 100 Arts Small Towns in the United States."

Greenville, SC – An Unmatched Lifestyle

  • The Greenville County Museum of Art, home of the Andrew Wyeth Collection, also contains pieces by Jackson Pollock, Jonathan Greene, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns and William H. Johnson.
  • The city is home to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville County Youth Orchestra, Carolina Youth Symphony, and the Carolina Pops Orchestra. The Boston Symphony Orchestra regularly performs at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW Lyric Theatre) is a professional lyric theatre in Greenville that produces Musical Theatre, Operetta and Opera.
  • The Carolina Ballet Theatre is a professional dance company in the city which regularly presents programs at the Peace Center and elsewhere.
  • Centre Stage, Greenville Little Theater, South Carolina Children’s Theater and the Warehouse Theatre are the major playhouses in the area. These theaters offer a variety of performances including well-known works, such as Death of a Salesman and Grease, and plays written by local playwrights. During the Spring and Summer, the local Shakespearean company performs Shakespeare in the Park at the Falls Park Amphitheater.

Notable Greenville natives:

  • Edwin McCain, musician
  • Peabo Bryson, singer-songwriter
  • Jaimie Alexander, movie actress
  • Noah Guthrie, pop singer
  • Bear Rinehart, Christian rock singer
  • Tyler Florence, chef and television host at Food Network


Current video about the Greenville area being produced by us for Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.

  • Greenville has gained recognition in various national publications such as CNN Money, which ranked Greenville as one of the “Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.” Bloomberg named Greenville the Third Strongest Job Market for 2010; and Forbes named Greenville the 13th Best City for Young Professionals.
  • Greenville also earned the No. 3 slot by Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” in 2017. Greenville was the fourth fastest-growing city in the United States between 2015 and 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Greenville County is the centerpiece of the region and is considered the “economic engine of South Carolina.” Greenville County has grown into a large and diverse metropolitan area and one of the southeast region’s premier areas for business. Over the past 35 years, Greenville has transformed itself from the textile capital of the world to a destination for a diverse industry base that includes corporate office, manufacturing, and warehousing/distribution operations. Below is a list of the major employers in the area:
Greenville Health System* 14,787 Health Services
School District of Greenville County* 9,800 Public Education
BMW 9,000 Automotive
Bon Secours St Francis Health System* 5,047 Health Services
Michelin North America Inc* 4,100 Headquarters / R&D / Mfg (radial tires)
GE Power* 3,400 Turbines and Turbine Generator Sets
SC State Government* 3,036 State Government
Fluor Corporation 2,400 Engineering / Construction Services
Bi-Lo Supermarkets* 2,089 Distribution & Retail
Greenville County Government 2,085 County Government
U.S. Government* 1,835 Federal Government
TD Bank 1,600 Financial Services
Concentrix 1,500 Business Services
Greenville Technical College 1,435 Higher Education
Verizon Wireless 1,360 Telecommunications – Call Center
Charter Communication* 1,345 Telecom Services
Sealed Air Corp – Cryovac Division 1,300 Paper Coated and Laminated, Packaging
Bob Jones University 1,204 Higher Education
SYNNEX Corp 1,055 Technology Solutions
Windstream 1,000 Telecommunications – Call Center
City of Greenville 973 City Government
Magna / Drive Automotive * 950 Motor Vehicle Bodies and Parts
Furman University 850 Education
House of Raeford 825 Poultry Processing
Bosch Rexroth Corporation 780 Fluid Power Pumps and Motors
Lockheed Martin Aircraft 700 Aircraft Component Machining / R&O
Nutra Mfg, USA 660 Vitamins and Supplements
Honeywell* 645 Turbines / Aircraft Engines and Parts
Mitsubishi Polyester Film, LLC 600 Unsupported Plastic Film and Sheets
AT&T 600 Communications
BB&T 600 Financial Services
Anyone Home(announced 2016) 574 Customer Care Center
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 550 Customer Service Center
Hartness Int., Inc. 500 Packaging Machinery
Resurgent Capital Services 500 Financial Customer Care Center
Hubbell Lighting 450 Headquarters /Lighting
ScanSource 430 Computer and Software Wholesalers
Day & Zimmerman 400 Engineering Services
Kemet Electronics 400 Capacitors
Bausch & Lomb 400 Eye Care Products
Warehouse Services Inc (WSI) 400 Warehousing /Distribution
Confluence Holding 400 Boats and Boating Accessories

Our Team

Brian Hetzman is a veteran of television production, graphic design, digital media and advertising. He is a former webmaster for Siemens and won ADDY and TELLY Awards for his work as the art director of WPBF-TV, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach.

He’s worked with major companies such as Motorola, Blockbuster Video, Kiplinger Personal Finance, The Red Cross, and the YWCA.

Brian was born and raised in Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He relocated to Greenville five years ago with his family and now couldn’t be happier to call the Upstate home.

Kris Harrison is a director and cinematographer with over 25-years experience in all aspects of production — from audio, video, TV and feature films. He has thousands of successful projects under his belt and still feels a sense of excitement about the creative process and turning vision into reality. It is his specialty to meet with clients and get an understanding of their businesses and then translate that understanding into powerful video.

Kris is a proud Midwesterner who now calls the Upstate, “the best place I’ve ever lived.”

Eric Baltazar began his career in the industry with a humble idea for a television show. The purchase of basic equipment, and connections in New York City led to the beginnings of what would become Baltazar Productions. Most of his projects are based upon a cast of strong characters and a high level of interest in the subject matter being captured.

” I like to develop characters and concepts in a free flowing environment. I’ve found if you let the cameras roll, relax and make sure your cast is relaxed, you will capture the best footage”

Eric Baltazar has worked with and pitched concepts to a variety of companies including MTV, TLC, DiGa Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and most recently with AnE with the airing of Cement Heads a reality concept created and developed by Baltazar Productions.

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