New Artist Opportunities From Pirate, Truck Festival & More

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Browse a list of opportunities for DJs, bands, producers, podcasters and dancers, compiled from the wider industry.

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Full Scholarships For The Blackbird Academy's Studio Engineering 6-Month Course

Deadline: 23rd May 2021

Open To: Women, aged 18+, with some background/experience in sound engineering/production

Location: US

About: She Is The Music are partnering with The Blackbird Academy in Nashville, a post-secondary educational institution that specializes in Studio Engineering and Live Sound Engineering, to deploy FOUR full tuition scholarships for Blackbird’s six-month course.

The scheme also offers a grant which will help to cover the living expenses (housing, transportation, and meals) for each of the four scholarship recipients.

Facilitated through The Recording Academy's producers and engineers wing, this partnership between Blackbird Academy and She Is The Music aims to encourage more women to consider careers in the male dominated sector of music production and live sound.

For more details and to apply, check out the application form here.

Sound Practice Cohort 3 - Black Music Creator’s Fund

Deadline: June 14th

Open To: Black folx who identify as women, non-binary, GNC, or trans music creators

Location: US

About: An immersive 7-week course aimed at helping you to break out of musical monoculture, find your sonic signature and tell your unique story through your music.

Unlike other beat-making courses that are focused primarily on technical skill, SOUND PRACTICE supports participants to grow through a group experience that culminates in each student creating an EP based on the following skill sets:

  • Step into a global music community
  • Expand your ear: listen FOR vs. listen TO
  • Find your voice and telling your story
  • Tap into healthy creative habits to overcome blocks
  • Learn musical lineages and responsible participation
  • Grow into a collaborative vs. competitive process

The Black Music Creator’s fund was started to acknowledge the labor, creativity and brilliance of Black music makers, whose work is too often extracted and not given it’s due recognition. The fund refelects the founder's commitment to building a community that is equitable and balanced in its representation of all people. Part of that is also about shifting the narrative away from music production as a “boy’s club”. For that reason, for the third cohort of Sound Practice, I’m partnering with In Session to open up 5 scholarship seats for Black Music Creators who identify as women, non-binary or trans folx.

For more details and to apply, head to the Sound Practice website here.

Perform At A Reopening Party

Deadline: 31st May 2021

Open To: Bands

Location: Norwich, Leeds & London

About: We’ll be launching some opening gigs after June 21st - and we’re looking for bands to perform.

To apply, simply upload a video of your band rehearsing to Instagram using the hashtag #PirateBands, we'll be choosing our favourites and adding them to the lineup.

Collaborate With Nics

Deadline: 4th June 2021

Open To: Producers

Location: Worldwide

About: Pirate main-stay and rapper NICS has given us the stems to two of his favourite tracks; his new single Vision 2021, as well as summer banger (and NICS’s personal anthem) “Hot Steppin’”.

Book some studio time, and make a beat for it. Be sure to tag #PirateNics if you upload on SoundCloud, the best will be featured on the PIRATE SOUNDS section of our homepage - viewed by 1.3m annually.

To apply - download NICS's stems here.

Collaborate With Hitpoint

Deadline: 4th June 2021

Open To: Vocalists/MCs

Location: Worldwide

About: Pirate artist and producer HITPOINT (Tiny Godfather, Doni Rampage & J-Wing) has dropped us three beats for you to spit on; “Ritual”, “Aurora” and “Woah” - each high energy, all eclectic.

Book a studio and get in the booth. Be sure to tag #PirateHITPOINT if you upload on SoundCloud, the best will be featured on the PIRATE SOUNDS section of our homepage - viewed by 1.3m annually.

To apply - download HITPOINT's beats here.

Opportunities listed here, are not run by or for Pirate, unless explicitly stated. They are simply listed here for your convenience.

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