Music Action Lab 2.0September 25—October 20, 2017
San Francisco | Silicon Valley | Mexico
Applications are now closed.
with musicians from around the world
new music addressing global social issues
your music, yourself, and your community
The Music Action Lab is an innovative, scholarship-based music residency:
• Uniting musicians from across the globe to create social impact through music
• Awarding up to ten talented musicians with all tuition, including living, food, and travel expenses to advance their artistry
• Integrating a dynamic, hands-on curriculum in social innovation and leadership development
• Creating a collaborative platform for experimentation, creativity, and innovation
1 Month of Nonstop Musical and Social Innovation.
60 Hours of Rehearsal with Leading Professional Artists. 40 Hours of Training with Social Impact Experts. Workshops with Underserved Schools, Hospitals, and Prisons.
Concerts in the US and Mexico.
Who Should ApplyYou Are
A talented musician with an idea, passion, or track record of using music to better a community
Curious, open and collaborative
Aware of the community problem you want to solve using music as an agent in the solution
Between the ages of 24 and 39
Not associated with an organization
Social Impact Acceleration
We guide you from idea to music action project (MAP), drawing from the latest tools and frameworks in social innovation design, leadership, and community development. World-class faculty from Giant Steps, leading social impact experts, and mentors guide and support you through the process.
In addition to joining a unique cohort of many different musical styles around the world, you will apply your learnings in the Music Action Lab on the bandstand through a collaborative composition process to tackle one or more global social issues. You also enjoy mentorship from world-renowned master musicians, perform in community and traditional concert settings, and record a full album.
Put your knowledge into practice, in the bandroom and the classroom. Apply frameworks of design thinking, leadership development, and community building to your artistic profile as a musician and a community leader. Return home with your MAP for how you will improve your local community.
Multi-GRAMMY nominated drummer and composer
Founder, Opportunity Collaboration; Professor, NYU Reynolds Center of Social Entrepreneurship; Author, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur
To be eligible for the Music Action Lab:
- Applicant must be an individual, and not a band, ensemble, or organization.
- Applicant must be between the ages of 24-39 at the start of the program.
- Applicant must be sufficiently fluent in English, the language of instruction for all components of the Music Action Lab.
- Applicant must commit full-time to the Music Action Lab US residency and launch phase of the Music Action Project in post-residency phase.
Giant Steps does not support
- Faith-based projects that promote a specific religious faith
- Projects that discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation
For candidates who meet the eligibility requirements, characteristics and criteria of successful applicants include
Artistic Excellence: Superlative musical skill in one or more musical traditions, preferably with a demonstrated ability to blur musical genres and excel in cross-cultural environments, and demonstrate innovation as a composer. We are looking for audacious, foreword-looking musicians who embrace experimentation and risk.
Values: Alignment with core human values of empathy, humility, intercultural understanding, and respect; paired with core artistic values of collaboration, curiosity, experimentation, improvisation, and innovation. If you are accustomed to being a bandleader, you will need these values to adjust your expectations to a new experience.
Community/Leadership Experience: Demonstrated background in social engagement through music, whether through teaching, mentoring, volunteering, or other means, such as supporting a cause you care about or NGO. Those lacking such experience have space to articulate their vision and/or passion for this arena in their application.
How much music will I play?
A lot! You will collaborate to create new, original music with the other Music Action Lab Fellows every day during the week (Monday-Friday) during four-hour rehearsal blocks. We also encourage anyone to practice during free time. We also sprinkle in jam sessions, workshops, and concerts throughout the Lab. Participants should expect to be rehearsing, as well as composing, on a nearly-daily basis during the residency.