Applications are now open for the Red Bull Music Academy 2016.
The Red Bull Music Academy’s next month-long workshop and festival series will take place in Montreal, Quebec in Autumn 2016. This will be the Academy’s 18th edition and first full return to Canada since Toronto hosted it in 2007. The epicentre of Canadian artistic experimentalism for decades, Montreal has a rich history rooted in disco, jazz, folk, hip hop and techno, and is celebrated as a breeding ground for the sounds of a variety of influential artists, from Leonard Cohen to Arcade Fire. As from today, the application phase for the 2016 Academy is officially open, closing March 7, 2016.
Travelling the world since 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy lands in a new host city every year to provide a month-long home to producers, vocalists, beatmakers, instrumentalists and DJs from across the globe. Hosting intimate lecture sessions with some of the biggest names in the music world, participants are also given the opportunity to develop personal projects, collaborating with each other and their world-renowned mentors in state-of-the-art studio facilities. The Academy programme also includes a full month of carefully curated evening and night-time events, inhabiting the host city’s signature venues, cultural hubs, and lesser-known spaces.
For an opportunity to be part of the Red Bull Music Academy, application forms can be downloaded from the Red Bull Music Academy website. As part of the UK application phase, and to give prospective applicants a taste of what a day at the Academy is like, there will be a lecture session in Brighton, at the Royal Pavilion, on 4 February 2016. The lecture runs from 7.30-11pm. Entry is free via RSVP.
The lecture will feature Academy alumnus and Canadian native Lunice, who will be on hand to share stories of his time at 2010’s Academy in London, and answer questions from those hoping to make it to Montreal. He’ll be joined by undisputed house legend Todd Edwards. Credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, and a repeated Daft Punk collaborator, Edwards’ story is inextricably linked to dance music’s past two decades, and an ideal candidate to share his experience with the next generation of aspiring musicians and producers.
Following the tragic events in Paris on November 13 last year, the Red Bull Music Academy was cut short. As such, the 30 participants from the second term of the Paris Academy, which had to be cancelled, will now join 40 newly selected participants in Montreal, making a total number of 70, instead of the usual 60.