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Red Bull Music Academy Opens Applications


The Red Bull Music Academy has been right around the world over the last 15 years, and this autumn, it is heading to Tokyo.

Music makers of all styles, methodologies and levels of experience are invited to apply by March 18 for a two-week escapade exploring music from every angle, an experience that many alumni have described as life-changing.

To apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, music makers must be 20 years of age by October 12, 2014. For all information, FAQs and to download the application form, prospective applicants should find their way to

The Red Bull Music Academy takes its complement of music festivals and workshops to a new city each year, and previous stops have included New York City, Toronto, London, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, and Cape Town.

In Tokyo, dancehall, hip hop, garage rock, experimental music, funk and soul have variously grown into burgeoning scenes on the streets of Harajuku, in big music arenas, in grand concert halls, and in the many small but well-stocked second-hand record stores that are a collector’s dream.

From October 12 through November 14, the world-travelling music lab and festival will set up shop in the city for five weeks’ worth of workshops, concerts, club nights, and all-round musical extravaganzas held all across the city.

infamous compilation

Exchange between genres and generations has always been central to the Academy philosophy. Former lecturers include Bob Moog, Nile Rodgers, Steve Reich, Kim Gordon, Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, Brian Eno, Richie Hawtin, Tony Allen, Q-Tip, Sly & Robbie, Chuck D, M.I.A., James Murphy, and Moodymann, to name a few.

The infamous yearly compilation, Various Assets – Not For Sale, provides a snapshot of the ideas and collaborative projects that tend to spring out of Red Bull Music Academy studio sessions.

The latest edition of Various Assets, which was scheduled for release yesterday, features 30 tracks created by participants at the Academy in New York. It includes a few solo tracks and a whole lot of collaborations.

The CD release can be picked up in music shops, clubs and cultural institutions the world over. It is also available for download

To find out more about the Red Bull Music Academy experience, musicians can attend one of the three-day Bass Camp sessions in San Francisco, Montreal, Bratislava, Detroit, Bucharest, amongst other cities. Participants will receive a full-fledged mini-Academy experience, including studio facilities for collaboration, inspiring international lecturers, and a host of club nights.

In addition, interested applicants can also attend one of the many introductory one-day sessions being held throughout February and March in over 50 countries worldwide. More information on the whereabouts of these events can be found on



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