1993: ‘Cane Records, one of the first student-run record labels, was created in the fall of 1993 by a small group of ambitious graduate and undergraduate students in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program at the University of Miami School of Music. The first hurdle ‘Cane Records faced was raising the money needed to fund an initial project. Challenged with being a self-funded organization, it was necessary to turn to outside sponsors for donations. ‘Cane Records was fortunate to receive support from the Hard Rock Café - Miami, SPEC’S Music, Inc., Metheny Group Productions, and Criteria Recording Studios.
1994: ‘Cane Records released its first album in August of 1994, Listen to Reason, by rock group Treehouse. The much anticipated album release party was held at the Hard Rock Café - Miami and the event was covered by two local television stations and The Miami Herald.
1995: ‘Cane Records released its sophomore album, Miami Hybridized, a compilation of five different artists and genres. During the same year, additional sponsors added their support, including Discmakers.
1996: ‘Cane Records expanded into the Latin market in 1996 by releasing Transicion by Latin rock group El Duende.
1997: ‘Cane Records remained focused on the Latin market, releasing Step into the Rhythm by Latin funk band Khadir. That same year, ‘Cane Records entered into a joint promotion deal with Sister Hazel to promote their debut release, Somewhere More Familiar. The band later signed with Universal Records and the album was certified as Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, indicating sales of more than 1 million units.
1998: ‘Cane Records entered the classical market with the release of Tenth Anniversary, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Florida Youth Orchestra.
1999: ‘Cane Records collaborated once again with the Florida Youth Orchestra to release Timeless. 1999 also brought one of ‘Cane Records’ most noteworthy releases, Coming Home, featuring tracks from notable UM School of Music alumni, Jon Secada, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, Will Lee, Carmen Lundy and Lari White. This work was a celebration of the achievements of the UM Frost School of Music.
2002: ‘Cane Records expanded into the talent contest foray in 2002 with its own version of an American Idol-like competition. The successful event was made possible thanks in part to sponsors Shorty’s BBQ, Dan Marino’s Restaurant, All Sports, Mrs. Field's, Sand Bar & Grill, and many others.
2003: ‘Cane Records collaborated a third time with the Florida Youth Orchestra to release Clearly Classical. The same year, The Eye of the Storm was released featuring 22 tracks of the University of Miami’s Band of the Hour. Also that year, the label released the debut album of local R&B trio, Unision, titled All Things Considered. The album attracted attention locally as well as internationally, particularly in Japan.
2004: ‘Cane Records proposed a “school-spirited” album to University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. Seven months later, Spirit 101 was completed. It was distributed as a welcome gift to incoming Fall 2005 UM students. The album helped familiarize listeners with the UM Alma Mater, fight songs and chants.
2005: ‘Cane Records paired with local Brit-Rock/Indie band, Nothing Rhymes With Orange, promoting and distributing their album,Polite Gothic. Their sound, “a cross between Jet and Blur” as the Miami Herald termed it, caught the ear of Bill Aucoin, the former manager of Kiss and Billy Idol, who then began representing them.
2007: ‘Cane Records once again began working with University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala to produce a revised version of the Spirit 101 album, newly titled Spirit of the U. The album included a spoken-word track by President Shalala, welcoming students to the University of Miami. Spirit was distributed as a welcome gift to incoming Fall 2007 UM students. Also in 2007, students holding certain staff positions at the label began receiving academic credit for their participation, and the label re-launched itself, updating its logo, website, mission statement and operational approach.
2008: ‘Cane Records put an end to its three year hiatus from releasing original music by debuting two albums simultaneously: Les Is More by R&B artist Les, and Doctrine of Ethos by screamo/hard rock band Brink of Something Beautiful. Both albums were released in a physical and digital format at the same time.
2009: ‘Cane Records released an EP by an acoustic pop/rock singer-songwriter named Kyle Crossland, titled the Kyle Crossland EP. Kyle’s music can be compared to that of John Mayer and Bryan Adams. Also in 2009, ‘Cane Records again expanded its thinking regarding album projects by releasing a holiday album, designed to be given or mailed as a holiday card (spineless eco-wallet design complete with cardboard mailer). The album featured traditional holiday tracks as well as original music, performed by students, alumni, and professors from the Frost School of Music.
2010: ‘Cane Records released a follow up to its initial holiday card with a second one, which also featured performances by students, alumni, and professors from the Frost School of Music.
2011: ‘Cane Records, thanks in part to a grant from the University of Miami Citizens Board, started a new series of compilation albums, the first of which was titled “Breaking the Surface, Vol. 1 – Miami Artists on the Rise”. Unlike most prior projects where the focus was to raise revenue through sales, this series of projects was created primarily to help increase awareness of up-and-coming recording artists in the South Florida area. Copies of the album were given away to new fans, and sent to key individuals in the music industry who were well placed to take the artist’s careers to the next level. The album featured music from six different locally based artists: depgroov, Eddy Bayes, John Paul Sindoni, John Splithoff, Juke, and Ketchy Shuby. To showcase these artists and their music, a live performance showcase was produced at a local venue called Transit Lounge.
2012: ‘Cane Records released the second volume of the series it established in 2011, “Breaking the Surface, Vol. 2 – Miami Artists on the Rise”. ‘Cane Records was able to, again, secure a grant from the University of Miami Citizens Board to help fund the project. The album featured music from twelve different locally based artists: David Lukens, The Stone Heads, Megan Talay, Dave Daniels, Ghost Radio, Derik LaRon, Kailey Billings, Anatomy, LAVOLA, Joni Fatora, Alex Alberti, and The Politix. To showcase these artists and their music, a live performance showcase was produced at a local venue called PAX (Performing Arts Exchange). In 2013, it was announced that this album was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Compilation category. At present time, the winners have not yet been announced.
2013: ‘Cane Records released the third volume of the series it established in 2011, “Breaking the Surface, Vol. 3 – Artists on the Rise”. The album featured music from twelve different locally based artists: Arc & Stones, Dave Farah, Sins of the Loose Buttons, Jeff Petescia, Dave Lukens, Noble Hunter, Asha Sing, Xylitone, John Splithoff, Goodnight City Lights, Jared Dylan, and Joey. The album release party was held at a restaurant/bar called Segafredo Brickell, and several weeks later, a showcase featuring artists on the album was produced at a local venue called The Stage.
2014: ‘Cane Records released the fourth volume of the series it established in 2011, “Breaking the Surface, Vol. 4 ". The album featured music from twelve different independent artists: Cold Blood Club, Codega, Curtis Mackay, We Say Sunrise, Justina Shandler, FAVIO, Jared Dylan, Jordan Brown, Modern Diet, Megan Talay, Kris Gruen, and Hotel Cinema. The album release party was held at University of Miami's Rathskeller , and several weeks later, a showcase featuring artists on the album was produced at Tobacco Road.
2015: ‘Cane Records released the fifth volume of the series it established in 2011, “Breaking the Surface, Vol. 5”. The album featured music from eleven different locally based artists: The Wynwoods, Jess Nolan, Loose Buttons, Orion Paxx, Jared Dylan, Daybreak Embrace, Aaron Lebos Reality, Adam Tell, B. Miles, Gabriel da' Vinci, and Bonnie Dymond. The album release party was held at University of Miami's Rathskeller, and several weeks later, a showcase featuring artists on the album was produced at a local venue called The Open Stage.