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Da da da dum. Here it is, the application form for this year’s Red Bull
Da da da dum. Here it is, the application form for this year’s Red Bull

Da da da dum.

Here it is, the application form for this year’s Red Bull Music Academy.

Disconnect yourself from your social network for a moment, take a deep breath, pick up a pen, pencil, or quill, and shut out the noise. The application form in front of you is not meant to be difficult, but instead designed to give you the opportunity to pre- sent yourself as honestly as possible. The questions that probe deepest aren’t always the easiest - but then nothing worthwhile ever took just five minutes.

One thing we’ve got to mention: your application form must be filled in by you, and you alone. Don’t worry, we are not going to discount your application because of bad grammar or wrong spelling – with participants hailing from more places in the world than even your geography teacher could have imagined, the Academy has always been more of a school of funny accents than the place to cultivate Oxford English. However, with that said, the Academy Lectures and workshops are held in English. Hence the application form needs to be filled out in English too. We cannot accept any half-completed questionnaires (in fact, we throw them away), so please make sure you answer each and every question on there.

Every application must be turned in with an accompanying audio CD. If you make music, send us some of the stuff you produced, wrote, played or sung on. If you’re a DJ, send us a bedroom mix of your jams at least 30 minutes long. Might be a a good idea to put best tracks first and include just enough material to get the point across. Just remember that sometimes less is more. The songs don’t have to be finished, don’t stress. We want to get a feel for where you are at creatively, and a strong vision will always be more important than a polished pro sound. Everything will be listened to by at least two people from our team of notable music lovers across the full spectrum of schools and styles, so everyone gets a fair shake.

Just go for it – and have no fear. You don’t need platinum disc experience to demonstrate your studio prowess, or crate after crate of rare 45’s to show off your musical knowledge. Just do your own thing, with whatever you have at hand.

Whatever you do, please include a full track listing so that all the information is crystal clear. Your tunes should be on CD, and they should be audio – no compressed formats like mp3s, and no videos or anything similar.

Last but not least, don’t forget to include two printed photos of yourself: one passport-style front view head shot, and one regu- lar snapshot – both clearly marked with your name and country. Speaking of name and country: we need all your contact details clearly written, because we will be in touch with you to let you know if you have been selected as one of the participants for 2012. We will not use any of your information for purposes unrelated to the Red Bull Music Academy.

Send the whole application package (questionnaire, CD with track list, photos) to:

Red Bull Music Academy Applications New York 2012 Boisseréestr. 9 – 11 50674 Cologne, Germany

And please write your country of origin on the back of the envelope! Entries must be postmarked no later than April 2, 2012. The sooner you send yours though, the wider our smiles will be.

Due to local laws, all applicants must be born September 30, 1991, or before.

Unfortunately, we cannot return any material we receive, so you may want to keep a copy of whatever you submit for yourself. We also cannot provide individual feedback. But again, please sleep safe with the knowledge that all entries will be thoroughly considered by at least two different people from different backgrounds.

Check the Academy website for our FAQ and Twitter helpdesk, or simply drop a line to apply@redbullmusicacademy.com if you’ve got any questions. And for further information watch a little application tutorial video at:

vimeo.com/redbullmusicacademy/howtoapply

Thank you. Your time and effort are very much appreciated.

Your Red Bull Music Academy Team

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY 2012 PARTICIPANT APPLICATION FORM

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Last Name: First Name: Artist Name(s): Gender: M F Nationality:
Last Name:
First Name:
Artist Name(s):
Gender:
M
F
Nationality:

Street & No. or PO Box:

Gender: M F Nationality: Street & No. or PO Box: City: Zip: State: Country of Residence:
City: Zip: State: Country of Residence:
City:
Zip:
State:
Country of Residence:
No. or PO Box: City: Zip: State: Country of Residence: Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY): Mobile Phone:

Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):

State: Country of Residence: Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY): Mobile Phone: Home Phone: E-mail: Alternative E-mail:
Mobile Phone: Home Phone: E-mail: Alternative E-mail: Website(s): Facebook:
Mobile Phone:
Home Phone:
E-mail:
Alternative E-mail:
Website(s):
Facebook:
Phone: E-mail: Alternative E-mail: Website(s): Facebook: Soundcloud/Bandcamp: Twitter: Manager: Agent: Which of

Soundcloud/Bandcamp:

E-mail: Website(s): Facebook: Soundcloud/Bandcamp: Twitter: Manager: Agent: Which of the two workshop dates
Twitter: Manager: Agent: Which of the two workshop dates are you available for? September 30
Twitter:
Manager:
Agent:
Which of the two workshop dates are you available for?
September 30 – October 12, 2012
October 20 – November 2, 2012

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1) Have you applied for the Red Bull Music Academy before? If so, when & how many times?

2) Indicate which of the following terms apply to you (of course, you may tick more than one!)

Producerterms apply to you (of course, you may tick more than one!) DJ Instrumentalist: if so,

DJto you (of course, you may tick more than one!) Producer Instrumentalist: if so, tell us

Instrumentalist: if so, tell us which instrument/s you play:to you (of course, you may tick more than one!) Producer DJ Vocalist 3) What’s your

VocalistInstrumentalist: if so, tell us which instrument/s you play: 3) What’s your occupation? If you are

3) What’s your occupation? If you are a student, what do you study?

4) What’s on your demo? DJ-mix or your own original music? Released or unreleased?

5) How would you describe your style(s) of music?

6) What musical endeavour(s) have you been involved in during the last 12 months?

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7) »This is where I am in relation to the musical universe« Please draw us a map!

8) What inspired you to become involved in music, whether as a DJ, producer, musician or in some other capacity? When did that moment of inspiration strike?

9) What do you expect to get out of the Academy personally?

10) Which three artists would you like to hear lecture at the Academy? What’s the most urgent question you would like to ask each of them?

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11) Where did you get your musical education or comparable experiences?

12) Who and what are your main influences?

13) Which technical set-up do you usually utilize for your musical activities? Please list the gear you use.

14) Do you prefer to work on music by yourself or with others?

15) Do you perform music live or as a DJ? What does that sound and look like?

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16) On a scale from 0 to 10 (0 being “not at all”, 10 “brilliant”), how would you rate your own skills in each of the following areas?

Producing:

Engineering:

Software (specify the platforms/programs):

Live Instruments (which ones?):

Vocals:

DJing:

Other skills:

17) Which of these skills would you like to improve, and what would you like to learn about specifically?

18) Do you produce tracks or write music? If so, what was your most recent work, and how would you describe it?

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19) If you have released any music, please let us know where, when and what it was?

20) Briefly outline your musical “career” to date - include high and low points.

21) We’d like to know how you organize your music/record collection. Which style demands the biggest space? What is your favourite genre? To visualize this, please draw us a map of your music/record collection.

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22) Do you contribute to any (music) media as a journalist, photographer, film maker etc.?

23) Please list the music on your application media (please include artists, titles & labels). Indicate clearly which tracks are your own productions, whether they are part of a mix or separate tracks, or both.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WRITE THE TRACK LIST DOWN HERE - AS WELL AS ON THE APPLICATION MEDIA (Yes, this means TWICE)!

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24) Name the ten albums & tunes from your country (or city) that you definitely have to play to your fellow participants at the Academy. We’d also like to know why each of them is worth talking about. Please include artists, titles & labels.

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25) What is your personal current top ten? Please include artists, titles & labels.

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26) What are your ten all time favourite albums? What makes each of them special for you?

27) Imagine you’re the DJ of the night (even if you have never DJed). It’s peak time, everyone’s going bananas. Which five tracks will you put on? Include artists, titles & labels.

28) A few hours later, you’re playing at the afterhours party. The sun is about to rise. Now you’ll have to think of another five tracks to fit that mood! Include artists, titles & labels.

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29) Fast forward to the next evening. Your in-laws are coming to dinner. What music are you going to put on (and what are you gonna cook)?

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30) What’s the title of your autobiography?

31) What do you collect besides music?

32) What’s lying next to your bed?

33) What’s the most interesting book you’ve read lately? Why should we read it, too?

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34) Which are your three favourite movies?

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35) What’s the one thing you can’t live without and why?

36) What was the funniest thing that happened to you in the last few months? Or, if nothing comes to mind, at least tell us your favourite joke.

37) If you have travelled, which places and countries did you like best? And, of course, why? Did you find a place where you would like to live?

38) Which records have the ability to make you cry and why?

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39) And while we’re on the subject of sobbing, when was the last time you cried anyways?

40) And what’s the one thing you would never put on Twitter?

41) What would be your ultimate way to spend a day without music?

42) What was your most significant experience of the last 12 months?

43) Please tell us five interesting facts about yourself:

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44) This is a Rorschach inkblot test - what do you see in this form?

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45) What are the first things that come to your mind when you think of New York?

46) Would you rather run the New York Marathon with DMC, have pulutan with Joe Bataan in Harlem or bang on a can with Steve Reich? What would be your three conversational topics?

47) If you were an DC or Marvel character, which one would you be, and why?

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48) Orson Welles returns from the other side, and it’s “War of the Worlds” all over again. Which super powers do you apply to save the East Coast?

49) Which discontinued New York club would you like to re-open, and why?

50) Please name your top three music related online destinations.

51) Please also name your top three non-music online destinations

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52) How did you find out about the Academy IN THE FIRST PLACE? Please select ONE option only.

Former Academy participant (who?)Academy IN THE FIRST PLACE? Please select ONE option only. Former Academy lecturer (who?) Former Academy

Former Academy lecturer (who?)select ONE option only. Former Academy participant (who?) Former Academy applicant Academy ambassador (who?) Other

Former Academy applicantAcademy participant (who?) Former Academy lecturer (who?) Academy ambassador (who?) Other Academy representative

Academy ambassador (who?)Former Academy lecturer (who?) Former Academy applicant Other Academy representative (who?) Red Bull employee Friend

Other Academy representative (who?)(who?) Former Academy applicant Academy ambassador (who?) Red Bull employee Friend or relative Local Academy event

Red Bull employeeambassador (who?) Other Academy representative (who?) Friend or relative Local Academy event (which?) Other Red

Friend or relative(who?) Other Academy representative (who?) Red Bull employee Local Academy event (which?) Other Red Bull event

Local Academy event (which?)representative (who?) Red Bull employee Friend or relative Other Red Bull event (which?) Radio (which show?)

Other Red Bull event (which?)employee Friend or relative Local Academy event (which?) Radio (which show?) TV (which show?) Magazine or

Radio (which show?)Local Academy event (which?) Other Red Bull event (which?) TV (which show?) Magazine or newspaper (which?)

TV (which show?)(which?) Other Red Bull event (which?) Radio (which show?) Magazine or newspaper (which?) Application booklet or

Magazine or newspaper (which?)Red Bull event (which?) Radio (which show?) TV (which show?) Application booklet or CD-ROM Red Bull

Application booklet or CD-ROMshow?) TV (which show?) Magazine or newspaper (which?) Red Bull Music Academy website Facebook (RBMA or

Red Bull Music Academy websiteMagazine or newspaper (which?) Application booklet or CD-ROM Facebook (RBMA or other?) Myspace (RBMA or other?)

Facebook (RBMA or other?)Application booklet or CD-ROM Red Bull Music Academy website Myspace (RBMA or other?) Twitter (RBMA or

Myspace (RBMA or other?)Red Bull Music Academy website Facebook (RBMA or other?) Twitter (RBMA or other?) Other website (which?)

Twitter (RBMA or other?)website Facebook (RBMA or other?) Myspace (RBMA or other?) Other website (which?) Record store Your agent

Other website (which?)or other?) Myspace (RBMA or other?) Twitter (RBMA or other?) Record store Your agent Your manager

Record storeor other?) Twitter (RBMA or other?) Other website (which?) Your agent Your manager PR agency (which?)

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53) After completing this questionnaire, make up your own question and answer it.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Red Bull Music Academy representative (check http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/contacts for details), or email us at apply@redbullmusicacademy.com.

You will be notified by email after June 11th, 2012 if you are accepted as a participant. If not, you will be notified by email, too.

Please do double check that all your details on the front page are correct and written legibly. If your old uncle can read them, chances are we can, too.

Thanks once again, and good luck.

Your Red Bull Music Academy Team