Through our high-end online platform, founded in 2018 by the non-profit Swiss Beyond Foundation with support from Tina Turner, we connect the dots of talent world-wide and bring together professional musicians, composers, singers and songwriters of all cultures and musical styles. We inspire them through the ability of exploring completely novel groupings of collaboration. Artists are given instant access to colleagues in some of the most far-fetched locations, using some of the most exotic musical instruments. The level of creativity and innovation puts audiences in awe. Beyond Music nominates among the most unusual music formations and provides annual prize awards of up to 80,000 US dollars. Moreover, the best pieces of music are being released on Beyond Music albums, under the guidance of some of the world´s most famous producers.
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 four-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 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).
The best 16 collaborations will be awarded with cash prizes worth a total of 80,000 US dollars. In addition, their winning tracks will form the Beyond Music albums, which will be newly produced by alternating world-renowned producers.
Our latest album Beyond Music Vol.3 - Conflict was produced by musical masterminds Michael League and Bill Laurance. The four-time Grammy Award winners have taken the world's concert halls by storm with their world-famous music collective Snarky Puppy. For our Vol.3 album, Michael and Bill selected 16 tracks from 140 submissions and then reproduced them with the winning 54 artists from over 20 countries. The result is a genre-bending, innovative collection of songs. "The potential of Beyond Music is limitless," says Michael League. Adds Bill Laurance, "This is the platform I've always been looking for". Snarky Puppy has just been nominated for their fifth Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category for their record "Empire Central”.
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 over 300 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 write to us if you feel like becoming a 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 connect world cultures through music to promote intercultural understanding and dialogue. "The time has come to experience ethical values that reach beyond any culture or system of belief. Music is the universal language of unity." Regula Curti - Founder