Music Cities Network Residency Program
The fast and ongoing technical, multimedial, and global developments have caused one of the biggest structural changes for music making and the music business. That’s why, today more than ever, learning from and collaborating with each other is the key to new ideas and innovation, and eventually to success in the music business for upcoming artists and young music business professionals.
The international music scene nowadays is dominated by urban music of different sub-genres. It is a very strong market of youth culture, and one of the new trends within urban music is the growing irrelevance of language barriers. Furthermore, the segmented music business areas are developing fast, and they need fresh thinking actors to handle and approach the industry in new ways.
The Music Cities Network Residency Program facilitates a worldwide music and music business talent exchange for upcoming artists and young industry professionals for member cities of the MCN. The goal is to connect the participants directly with each other by using the member cities and their connected networks as a gateway, utilising their already existing structures, knowledge, and hubs.
There are two target groups within the program: artists and young music business professionals. The first project will focus on bringing young urban artists from 4-5 of the Music Cities Network cities together to work on a joint performance during the Aarhus Volume Festival in June 2018. Other projects in MCN member cities with performances, recordings, etc. will follow. The music business talent residency will follow in autumn 2018 and is not limited to particular festivals/events (see below).
Pilot Project: Urban Music Lab in Aarhus 25.06.-02.07.2018
In collaboration with the Aarhus Volume Festival and the hip-hop collective Larus, Promus and Music Cities Network host a joint showcase during the Aarhus Volume Festival with new urban talents from Aarhus, Groningen and Hamburg and in cooperation with the local music networks Promus Aarhus, Urban House Groningen and RockCity Hamburg.
The following artists have been chosen: SwerVain MiYaGi and Curve Squad from Aarhus, Young Hendrix and CloudyDiow from Groningen and Leroy Menace and Benjamin Eso/Es Asare from Hamburgl! The six have selected after an open call via the member cities and are now gathering in Aarhus from Monday 25th of June. Here they will participate in an workshop under the musical leadership of Bror Winther from hip-hop collective Larus. The workshop will make its “grande finale” during a common showcase at Aarhus Volume, Saturday, June 30th from 18:00 in the Den Rå Hal.
The Urban Music Lab is part of the newly initiated Music Cities Network Residency Program, which facilitates a worldwide music and music business talent exchange for upcoming artists and young industry professionals for member cities of the MCN. The goal is to connect the participants directly with each other by using the member cities and their connected networks as a gateway, utilising their already existing structures, knowledge, and hubs.
Jesper Mardahl (Promus), Aarhus, MCN Member: “We want to strengthen the exchange opportunities and initiate new projects to intensify the cooperation within the music scenes of the MCN member cities. With the new Music Cites Network Residency Program, the network is putting these goals into action.”
The Urban Music Lab is supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg - Ministry of Culture and Media, the City of Groningen and Music City Aarhus. Find the artist info on the second page.
MUSIC BUSINESS TALENT RESIDENCY
First edition is planned for Autumn 2018
How does it work in detail?
- Application: At first the participants need to apply with a concept (what, who, when, why and where). A jury consisting of member cities and experts (tba) will then discuss and confirm the applications.
- Travel & Accommodation: The participant will be offered a working space and will be assisted to find cheap/free accommodation by the city and the MCN host.
- Introduction: After the arrival there will be an introduction phase and welcoming by the MCN member city host.
- Mentoring Phase: various meetings with people and companies from the creative and music scenes to further support and develop ideas.
- Working-phase: every participant will work on his project.
- Presentation Phase: This can be a concert or concept presentation.
- Duration: 1 week to 3 months.
- Costs: co-financing of travel costs by the city of origin, free working space and assistance to find a cheap or even free accommodation by the local network. All further expenses have to be covered by the participants.
- Coordination: Via the MCN office and the member city host, funding for organization will be covered by MCN and further member cities funding.
- Documentation: via the MCN website and publications, photos and videos.