HOW TO GO BEYOND
Once a year, BEYOND MUSIC hosts the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT, a collaborative initiative for BEYOND MUSIC Platform users. Artists are invited to connect, collaborate and submit an original piece of music to the Project.
In order to qualify, at least two musicians, composers, singers and/or songwriters from different cultures must work together to develop and submit an original piece which aligns with an annual theme, as selected by the resident Artistic Director. In 2018 we are happy to announce the multiple Grammy winning music producer Larry Klein as our first Artistic Director.
After an online voting process and a final selection by the Artistic Director, ten musicians will be invited to a workshop with the Artistic Director Larry Klein, culminating in recording sessions at a top studio for the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album, with flights, airport pickups, accommodations and catering included. Each artist will receive a payment of 2,000 USD for their contribution to the digital album, plus standard royalties from digital album sales. The digital album will be marketed and distributed by the BEYOND FOUNDATION.
PARTICIPATE AND INNOVATE
The full process includes the following steps:
1. Submission Stage
As a first step, the BEYOND MUSIC platform users will upload their collaborative works to the platform. The submission start date, deadline and ballot opening dates are announced on the website. Compositions submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
2. Voting Stage
During this phase, an online ballot will be available, and the greater public is invited to select the top compositions. Everyone has one vote per track every 24 hours; however, participants cannot vote for their own pieces. At the end of the voting phase, we will release the top tracklist. The winning team from online voting will receive the BEYOND PUBLIC AWARD, endowned with 4,000 USD.
3. Final Selection and Recording stage
The BEYOND MUSIC’s Artistic Director, Larry Klein, will select 10 musicians from all submissions, regardless of their ranking in the online voting, to contribute to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album. The winners will be informed by email and presented on BEYOND MUSIC. With this, BEYOND MUSIC is seeking diversity and wants to give a range of interesting artists from the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT the opportunity to take part in the recording sessions.
In addition to the ten musicians chosen for the recordings of the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album and presenting the BEYOND PUBLIC AWARD, the BEYOND FOUNDATION will regularly honour outstanding collaborative groups from the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT. Collaborations that demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity and musical versatility and embody the spirit and values of BEYOND MUSIC will receive the BEYOND CREATIVITY AWARD, which is endowed with 4,000 USD.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Who can take part in the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT?
The BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT is open to all musicians registered to the BEYOND MUSIC Platform.
- What kind of music is the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT looking for?
We are looking for creative collaborations! All contributions should reflect the PROJECT’S theme which is chosen by our Artistic Director. At least two musicians from different cultural background must work together to develop and submit an original piece of music. The participants are completely free to choose the style of music and to decide whether they create a purely vocal, instrumental or mixed piece. It is most important that the music is characterized by cross-cultural musical interaction and collaboration. After being submitted to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT, the original music pieces may not be exploited commercially on other platforms (e.g. iTunes) or sold on other recording media. Please find out more in the Conditions of Participation.
- What is the musical theme of the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT?
The pieces should be loosely centered around the ideas of love, compassion and empathy being essential human qualities, and that we as human beings are alike, bound together by both the good and afflictive qualities of the human condition. This does not mean that the music, lyrics, or songs have to directly address “love” per se, as the struggle to bridge boundaries between us as people or cultures can involve sadness, struggle and frustration. The difficulties and issues that occur between two people trying to live together and transcend their differences can be as strong, or even stronger metaphorically than a song that addresses any global issue directly. This requirement just prescribes that the theme or direction must be borne of the need or will to move toward, as Abraham Lincoln put it, “the better angels of our nature.
- I don’t have access to a studio. How can I produce and record a composition for the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT?
Music submitted to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT is not required to be professionally recorded and produced in a studio. Feel free to leverage online digital audio workstations for your audio recording, producing, mixing and mastering. Many of these workstations are free to use.
- How do I enter the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT?
After you have created an original composition in a cross-cultural collaboration, you must nominate one ensemble member as “administrator”, who uploads the piece as an entry for the PROJECT. The administrator will have to specify all contributing members of the ensemble, so the composition will appear in each member’s profile under “music”. Each contributor must furthermore approve the submission before it is officially registered. Your ensemble has to provide a short text explaining on the cross-cultural background of the piece of music you submitted. The ensemble can create various tags that allow other users to search for your piece of music at a later stage according to vocals, instruments, cultural background and genre. Your collaboration can upload a maximum of three music pieces to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT. If you are a member of more than one ensemble, you can enter three compositions with each ensemble. We encourage you to join different collaborations and submit various pieces of music to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT. We cannot wait to listen to your musical versatility and creativity!
- What is the process of the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT?
The BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT is composed of four stages:
1) SUBMISSION STAGE: In the first stage, users of the BEYOND MUSIC platform will collaborate and upload the work of their ensemble to the platform. The submission start date, deadline and ballot opening dates are announced on the website. Music submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
2) VOTING STAGE: Next, the voting stage commences. An online ballot will be available, and the greater public is invited to vote for their favorite tracks. Everyone has one vote per track every 24 hours. Please note that participants cannot vote for their own compositions. A top tracklist will be released at the end of the voting phase. The collaboration winning the online voting will receive the BEYOND PUBLIC AWARD. Please see below for details on the prize.
3) THE FINAL SELECTION STAGE: The Artistic Director of BEYOND MUSIC will nominate 10 musicians from all submissions, regardless of their ranking in the online voting, to participate in the workshop and to contribute to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album. BEYOND MUSIC believes diversity is key and we thereby want to ensure a versatile range of artists contributing to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album.
4) THE PRIZE PHASE: Please see below for details on the prizes.
- What are the prizes for the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT?
10 chosen musicians will be invited to participate in a workshop with the PROJECT’S Artistic Director. The workshop culminates in the recording sessions for the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album in a top studio. Flights, airport pickups, accommodations and catering are included. Each artist will receive a payment of 2,000 USD for their contribution to the digital album, in addition to standard royalties from digital album sales. The digital album will be marketed and distributed by the BEYOND FOUNDATION.
The winning team from online voting will receive the BEYOND PUBLIC AWARD, endowned with 4,000 USD.
Furthermore, the BEYOND FOUNDATION regularly honours outstanding collaboration groups of the PROJECT with the BEYOND CREATIVITY AWARD. Please see below for details.
- What criteria does the Artistic Director base his decision on?
Our Artistic Director selects 10 musicians based on both objective and subjective musical and content-related criteria. The musical performance is rated regarding musicality, vocal and/or instrumental performance and originality. In addition, our Artistic Director will rate whether the musical pieces from the musicians comply with the PROJECT’s theme that he has chosen beforehand.
- What is the BEYOND CREATIVITY AWARD?
In addition to selecting 10 musicians for the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT album and presenting the BEYOND PUBLIC AWARD, the BEYOND FOUNDATION will regularly honour outstanding collaboration groups that have submitted original music to the BEYOND MUSIC PROJECT.
The rewarded collaborations thrive on creativity and musical versatility. They embody the spirit and values of BEYOND MUSIC: mutual inspiration, compassion, dialog and diversity. Each winning group will receive the BEYOND CREATIVITY AWARD which is endowed with 4,000 USD.
- Where can I find out more?
All information can be found here:
- How can I contact the administrative team?