Red Bull Music Studios Want You

So you want some recording time at the Red Bull Music Studios in Cape Town? Here is all you need to know…

Red Bull Music Studios in Cape Town are looking for up and coming artists from around South Africa to come into their Studio for a week to make music, be given a platform to be heard, gain insights into the music industry and be given some basic but essential tools to help any artist on their journey to achieving their goals as music makers.

They are looking to bring in 6 artists over the course of April, May and June 2020, for 5 days (Mon to Fri) each. They are in particular interested in artists creating vibrant, fresh, local sounds – think Amapiano, Gqom, Kwaito, Maskandi, etc. Of course, they have always been supportive of South African Hip-Hop, House and R&B, and as a secondary focus, are also looking for artists in these genres.

If accepted, they will liaise with you to find the best week to come into Studio over the course of February, March and April. They want to work with you to record and produce at least one song, which they will collaborate with you to release on all major platforms at the end of the year as a part of a compilation. Red Bull Music Studios will cover all costs of this release and tell the story of its creation through Red Bull’s channels.

The Studio application will close on 6th of April 2020. The selected applicants will be contacted privately and their Studio time and travel arranged accordingly. If you are chosen, you will need to be able to make yourself available to come into the Studio for 5 days, Monday to Friday from 10AM to 5PM, sometime during the months of April, May and June 2020.

Please take the following into consideration, before applying:

  • Although Red Bull Studios are not looking to own any copyright associated with the music, they will need the song to be pre-licensed for below-the-line marketing, which allows them to use the music for Red Bull created content.
  • If you are not based in Cape Town, they will cover your flights and hotel accommodation for 5 days.
  • They have resident sound-engineers who are there to help you technically for all your time in Studio. But if you need a producer to help realise your artistic vision, you will need to source them yourselves.
  • They have two spaces in their Studio to work in – one is more suited to live recordings and the other, a smaller space, for production and beat-making. Depending on your application, they will assign you into the spaces and let you know well in advance what equipment they have on offer.

Red Bull Studios have spent time streamlining the application process for artists; please follow this link to sign up for a potential spot at their studio during the months of April and May 2020.





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