NEXT STAGE CHALLENGE
2020

What’s the challenge about?

The coronavirus pandemic is creating huge uncertainty for musicians and the music ecosystem.The #NextStageChallenge online hackathon and support program aims to find solutions that can help artists, promoters and others affected by the global lockdown to explore new experiences and business models for the current crisis and beyond.

The #NextStageChallenge is a three-phase program, supporting innovative and sustainable projects to reshape the live music experience in the digital space.

The call for registration is open until 01 May, 2020. The remote hackathon challenge kicks off on 01 May and closes on 15 May. The support program to accelerate the selected winning projects will run from 21 May to 10 July, 2020.

What are the topics?

Three key challenges were identified by individuals and organisations from Europe’s music and technology industries. The objective is to find quick but concrete solutions to support musicians and the music industry. The three challenges are:

- #Access (creation, production, broadcasting, curation)

- #FanEngagement (audience, user experience, immersives technologies)

- #Value (monetization, monitoring, right management)

Why participate?

Being part of the #NextStageChallenge movement is an opportunity to put your ideas and innovative concepts in action to find immediate solutions that can give a chance to artists, promoters and all those that have been deeply affected by the global lockdown to explore new forms of experience and business models for the current crisis; and also to work towards longer term innovations that can help provide greater future to the music business.

The benefits & prizes

Benefits

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to interact with recognised domain industry experts as mentors.

Prize

Moreover, two projects per track will be selected to go through an acceleration program (from May 21st to July 10th, 2020). The program will be supported by top-quality music industry, technical and business venture experts with dedicated pitching and exchange sessions.

THE
INDICATIVE
TIMELINE

May 04, Challenge Kick-off

May 08, Challenge Checkpoint 1

May 12, Challenge Checkpoint 2

May 15, End of challenge - Results submission

May 15 to May 20, Evaluation & Selection process

May 20, Winners announcement & Kick-off of Acceleration

May 04, Challenge Kick-off

May 08, Challenge Checkpoint 1

May 12, Challenge Checkpoint 2

May 15, End of challenge - Results submission

May 15 to May 20, Evaluation & Selection process

May 20, Winners announcement & Kick-off of Acceleration



The

JURY MEMBERS

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The

MENTORS

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The

ORGANIZERS

MIH
THELYNK
Technoport
WALLIFORNIA
sacem
TEOSTO
MUSIC NORWAY
Music Ally
Stockholm Music City

The

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Music Tech Hub
IMF
Jump
Music Tech France
Athens Music Week
Hemi
Bizlab
MusicDEN
Les Ardentes
Leansquare
Court Circuit
Liveurope
MediaTech Ventures
2112
Mustach
Universal Music Group
Arteprenör
FromSweden