Musicians… listen up. I recently found out about a national “academy” for musicians to hone their skills with other musician “students” and musician “instructors”. Once a year, Red Bull Music Academy brings you, the “students” together for a two week program with lectures, shows, and all the networking you can handle. Check it, everything is provided: instruments, studio space, food, board, transport, drink tickets; it’s all free. A large aspect of the Academy is based off their lecture series, where RBMA students sit in on intimate Q&A sessions with pioneers of the industry; and in the evenings, the students attend live shows, often the same artists who lectured that afternoon.
Yeah, sounds perfect, right? So, how do you get involved? There is an application at the website. Anyone is welcome to apply, but you should probably be pretty good at what you do. The application is due on April 2nd, and then the organizers will pick 60 artists to attend their two week program in New York. For those of you that don’t know about this program, it isn’t some fly by night waste of time. It started in Berlin in 1998 and has since visited Dublin, Sao Paulo, London, Cape Town, Rome, Seattle, Melbourne, Toronto, Barcelona, & Madrid.
If you are interested in more information, you should swing by 12th & Porter on Saturday at 4pm to see one of the sessions with Eliot Lipp hosted by Nashville Creamster Sean Maloney. You can also get more information over at the fine Nashville Nights blog.