Beyond Music, an innovative NGO, is dedicated to initiating change through music. We were founded in 2018 by the Swiss Beyond Foundation with support from Tina Turner and serve as a premium online platform for professional artists from diverse backgrounds to collaborate in album projects. Leveraging the combined forces of music, technology, and community, we are eager to catalyze significant social transformation.
Our mission is to bring together artists from all corners of the globe, fostering collaboration that promotes intercultural understanding, compassion, and allyship through innovative musical expressions. We harness the universal language of music to explore fresh perspectives, ideas, and cultures, driving positive social impact on a worldwide scale. With an impactful track record of three albums addressing pressing global issues, we united high-quality producers and our members in an effort to create meaningful songs about current matters.
In our new album project Vol.4 'Songs for Social Change', we gathered a team of three award-winning stars: 5-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, Afrobeats star Pheelz and Ghanaian pop sensation Wiyaala. The guest artists will select three songs from the submissions and work with the artist teams in studios to produce music that has the power to reshape our world. All costs are on us, and you'll have the opportunity to perform alongside the stars in a music video. We will enter the songs in the new Grammy category "Best Song for Social Change". A further 17 submissions will be selected and rewarded with a total of up to 85,000 US dollars in prize money. The songs will be mastered and released with the Top3 winning songs on the Beyond Music album Vol.4. The album and singles will be promoted worldwide with a substantial marketing budget. We want to ensure your messages are heard. Experience it for yourself and apply to join Beyond Music today.
The ongoing virus pandemic continued to restrict the lives of artists. Thanks to our online platform, the Beyond Music Project was able to proceed unimpeded. Given today's diverse challenges, the five-time Grammy Award-winning producers of our Vol.3 album, Michael League & Bill Laurance, chose "conflict" as the guiding musical theme. Artists were asked to apply this concept to every element of the musical creation process. "Conflict" was to be used as a creative and inspirational tool to think about all kinds of struggles and reflect those experiences in their music. We received 140 pieces of music from 850 artists of 54 countries. 16 of these songs were selected and newly produced.
When in 2020 the virus pandemic hit and artists around the world were isolated and deprived of performance opportunities, we continued to enable our community to create new music together. For our album Vol.2, we called for the most unusual collaborations across all borders and musical styles, with "Songs for the Planet" as the leitmotif. The Beyond Music artists were supported by three outstanding Mentors: Elina Duni, Manu Katché and Yaron Herman. 600 artists from all over the world submitted 193 pieces of music. The 16 songs selected for the album were produced by legendary drummer and composer Manu Katché. The tracks are about climate change, protecting our children and women, and a new awareness of interacting across borders.
The submissions were based on the idea of love & compassion to symbolize "an axe for the frozen sea inside of us" (Franz Kafka). 110 collaborations were submitted and 10 songs were chosen. 27 artists from 21 countries were invited to meet for 12 days at one of the world's leading studios, “La Fabrique” in the South of France. The recordings took place under the direction of multiple Grammy winning producer Larry Klein. Klein assembled a studio band of A-list musicians including Dean Parks (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder), Ed Harcourt (Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Manu Katché (Sting, Peter Gabriel), Clive Deamer (Radiohead) and Dan Lutz (Melody Gardot).
Create your profile, describe what kind of artist you are and connect with professional musicians, composers, singers and songwriters from all over the world. To date, we have artists from 171 countries in our community.
Upload your collaborative music to the Beyond Music Project, which is held regularly with a focus on different musical themes. Let your creativity run wild and surprise us with unusual artist teams and outstanding music pieces.
For the Beyond Music Project Vol.4, the Top3 winners will collaborate with world-renowned and award-winning guest artists. They will go into a studio of the star's choice and record their song together. We will market the songs and the album worldwide.
Due to the impact of the virus pandemic, we were suddenly at home more than ever before. But thanks to our digital community, we were able to stay in touch with the outside world at all times and continue doing what we love most - music.
We asked our Beyond Music members to introduce themselves as artists and their homes, and from their contributions, we've created several hundred video portraits for you to watch.
Meet our artists from around the world, learn about the diversity of their musical styles, instruments and cultural backgrounds. Get inspired for future collaborations.
Or apply to join our network if you wish to become part of Beyond Music and this unique community.
A great diversity of musicians, music legends, producers, artists, and global innovators represent our ambassadors – they are encouraging musicians from all over the world to take the chance to collaborate and create unique music together!
Beyond Music is made possible by the Swiss non-profit Beyond Foundation, whose mission is to unite the world's cultures through music to promote intercultural understanding, dialogue and respect. Behind the Beyond Foundation is the philanthropist couple Regula and Beat Curti, who established the foundation in 2007.
"It is time to experience ethical values that transcend every culture and belief system. Music is the universal language of unity. The interactions between musicians from different cultures create magic." - Regula Curti.
"Sound is the first and last energy of life. Commitment to culture and public interest is of central importance. Giving back what I enjoy financially and spiritually is the most important part of my life." - Beat Curti