JBL & Martin Garrix - Music Academy

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Ready for your music to be heard? Apply now to the JBL & Martin Garrix Music Academy

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Thank you all for participating, entries are now closed. We'll let you know in May 2024 if you've been shortlisted for the Phase 2.

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About the Music Academy

Getting to where you want to be as a music artist requires knowledge, inspiration, connections and support. This is why JBL and Martin Garrix are launching the Music Academy: a space where 30 up-and-coming musicians, songwriters, singers, and producers learn from the experts of the music industry. Happening in the fall 2024 in Amsterdam.

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Experiences from the last year

Explore the musical journeys of three participants from the Music Academy's 2023 edition.

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EVÎN is a Berlin based independent artist. She is a singer-songwriter, producer and one of the most exciting new voices in alternative R&B. Her music blends elements from different genres and cultures, with her Kurdish roots giving her a distinctive sound within the European scene. Her artist identity connects emotions and feelings with topics such as refuge, cultural memory and belonging.

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Maxence Janvrin is a Parisian composer and music producer who is best known as Eole, who brings together a multitude of artistic facets particularly in NUKG, Lo-Fi House, Analogy Techno, and even Neo Classical. It therefore does not have a predefined style, moving and changing constantly like the wind.

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Moyka is an alternative pop artist, songwriter and producer based in Bergen, Norway. She began releasing music in 2019 and has since then released two EP’s and her debut album “The Revelations of Love”, receiving press across international titles including Billboard, PopJustice, CLASH and NOTION. She was also named “One to watch” by Amazon Music UK in NOTION. She has been called "The future of scandipop" and is ready to release her second album.

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  • March 4 - April 30 23:59 CET

    Application submission

  • May 1 - May 31

    Shortlist selected and announced

  • September 1 - September 30

    Finalists selected for the Academy

  • October – November

    Music Academy begins at STMPD Studios in Amsterdam

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Here's what you can expect:

From ideation to creation, both theoretical and practical sessions will prepare you on how to create songs.
Vocal production
Mixing / Mastering
Ideation process
Instrument recording

Branding plays a big part in getting your music out there, we will go through how to create a strong personal brand, which will help reach your audience.
Branding strategy
Social content - how to reach your target audience
Social content: TikTok & Instagram
PR and media
Visual identity

We will cover all you need to know about the business basics within the music industry.
Publishing / Sync

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About STMPD Studios

The Academy will take place at STMPD Studios. STMPD Studios is Amsterdam's largest studio recording facility. With its iconic history, these studios have welcomed international artists and producers like Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, The Script, David Guetta, and of course, Martin Garrix himself. Designed as the ultimate playground for music production, it's a great space for the new wave of musical talents to meet and co-create.

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Favorite JBL product picks of Music Academy 2023 participants


JBL Tour One M2

These JBL Tour One M2 headphones are fantastic! The sound quality is incredible, whether it's Hip-Hop, Soul or R&B. The app lets me fine-tune the bass, mid, and treble for each genre. And the noise-canceling is top-notch – perfect for tuning out.

Evin, Class of 2023


JBL Authentics 200

The sound is deep and balanced, with a great instrumental separation. I really like the retro design with a few modern twists. Another important thing for me is the materials. The speaker is made out of recycled plastic and minimal packaging.

Maxence, Class of 2023


JBL Tour Pro 2

I really like the screen on the earbuds case, this is something really unique. The battery time is really impressive - I usually charge it once in a week considering I use them every day for a few hours.

Sunzz, Class 2023


JBL Partybox Ultimate

This is my my best friend if I am throwing a party. The Ultimate has LED lights, comes with microphone inputs. From a DJ set we can easily switch into karaoke party. It might be big and heavy, but with wheels and a sturdy handle it is quite easy to move it between gigs.

Admess, Class of 2023


We welcome anyone who meets the following selection criteria to sign up:
- You are a musical artist above the age of 18
- You are able to travel to Amsterdam in October/November 2024
- In case of visa requirements, you must be able to arrange for this personally as we can only provide you an invitation letter but cannot assist with getting a visa

Read the full terms and conditions

Participation in the Music Academy is free. Upon selection, we will also cover your travel and accommodation expenses including:
- Return flights from your country of residence to Amsterdam
- Accommodation for 4 nights in Amsterdam
- Food and drinks during the 3-day event at STMPD Studios in Amsterdam
- Full programme included in the Music Academy

We will be covering various topics that will help you along your music career - music, branding and business fundamentals. For more information, check out our Program section.

This Academy will be beneficial for beginners in their music journey. You will need to share a demo with us to apply.

Classes within the programme will be held in English.

We welcome a diverse range of genres & musical talents including singers, songwriters, producers and instrumentalists.

As the Academy is tailored for up-and-coming artists, we unfortunately cannot accept applicants who are currently signed by a record label.