Irmo Music Academy cuts ribbon, opens for business

Fort stands with Powers as he cuts the ribbon. Karamie Sullivan photos.

The town of Irmo just got a little more musical Tuesday morning, as Irmo Music Academy held its ribbon cutting and opened its doors for guests to take a look inside. Owner Marty Fort said after the success of Lexington School of Music, and Columbia Arts Academy, he wanted to open a third location in the Irmo area. The former Russell and Jeffcoat building (1061 Lake Murray Blvd.) went up for purchase at an Estate Sale, and Fort said it was off the market within 24 hours after they made their offer.

“It was time for our next location,” he said. “We’ve already got 60 students here.” The Columbia and Lexington music schools have about 600 students each, and Fort said he expects the Irmo location to reach the same number.

The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce President Kerry Powers welcomed Fort and the business into the Irmo community at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Fort spoke to the crowd, and asked a few people to come up for presents, to show his appreciation for their help in his business endeavor.

Fort said he is very thankful to his staff for their support of opening the new location. “I could not have done this without our team. It feels awesome to see it come together, and I’m very appreciative to the people who work here,” he said.

Irmo Music Academy is open seven days a week and offers classes for voice, singing, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and violin. The academy does not obligate students to sign up for semester-long lessons. Each student learns on a month-to-month basis.

Anyone can drop by Irmo Music Academy from Tuesday through Saturday (ends at 3 p.m. Saturday) to sign up for the chance to win a free music lesson for a year. More information on lessons and the facility can be found at

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