The #NextStageChallenge is a project born from the solidarity of European actors from the Music and Innovation Industry. Together, we wish to bring quick and concrete solutions to the questions and thus support Music. Technology will be at the service of music through challenges covering 3 areas: Access (creation, production, distribution, broadcasting), Fan experience (audience, curation, new technology), Value (revenue, monitoring, recognition).
The pandemic crisis is generating an uncertain future for the music ecosystem. The #NextStageChallenge online hackathon & support program aims 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 beyond.
The #NextStageChallenge 3 phases program has the objective to work on innovative and sustainable projects to reshape live experience in the digital space.
The call for registration is open until May 01, 2020 and the #NextStageChallenge program will be rolled out as follows:
Together, we wish to gather music industry players to explore live music challenges in order to co-create quick and concrete new solutions for music professionals and fans and thus support Music out of the #covid19 crisis. Technology will be at the service of music through challenges covering the 3 topic areas: ACCESS / FAN ENGAGEMENT / VALUE
The event will take place online.
The registration and the final project submission must be made on the platform at www.nextstagechallenge.org
Each team has to work remotely and will receive the support by mentors and the coordination with the members via a dedicated Slack group.
The hackathon kicks off on 04 May 2020 and ends after two weeks on 15 May, 2020.
Here is the detailed timeline:
April 14 – Open call for applications
April 20 – Webinar + q&a / mentors briefing session
May 01 – Application submission deadline
May 04 – Remote hackathon challenge kick-off
May 08 – Challenge checkpoint 1 – The concept design pitch
May 12 – Challenge checkpoint 2 – The product/solution design review
May 15 – End of virtual hackathon challenge – results submission
May 15 to May 20th – Evaluation & selection process
May 20 – Winners announcement & kick-off of acceleration program for winners
July 10th – End of acceleration program
Participate in a game-based learning experience in innovation management and entrepreneurship within the music industry.
Address critical challenges from industry players under a structured mode in a hackathon event where you will
Everybody willing to contribute to reload/refine live music happenings; new ways to work, how to increase their audience and their broadcast, how money is generated and how to create some new emotion…
Music industry professionals & Pro-ams
Authors, performers, publishers, producers, bookers, promoters, venues, festivals, managers, musictech startups, broadcasters, media, platforms…
Tech providers & developers
Music tech startups, coders, scientists, makers, builders, technologists…
Design & business experts
Subject matter experts that contribute for things to happen 🙂 Designer, business model experts…
25 projects max will be accepted per topic area (Access / Fan Engagement/ Value)
● HOW DO I REGISTER?
Two registration possibilities: Team registration and Individual registration
Please note that the first team member registering in the platform will be considered as Team Leader and will send an automatic invitation to other team members by completing the “team registration“.
We recommend creating teams with a maximum 5 members.
You can participate alone, just fill the online form by selecting “individual registration”
Follow the NextStageChallenge slack groups here
● HOW DO I CHOOSE A CHALLENGE AND SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
During your profile registration you will have the possibility to select a challenge across 3 topics (Access, Fan Engagement, Value)
You will receive a registration form to describe in further detail the topics and subtopics your team wishes to address. Details of topics and sub topics can be accessed below.
You will submit your project proposal through the online form. The project will be reviewed and if accepted you will receive a project acceptance e-mail. 25 projects will be accepted per track (Access / Fan Engagement / Value) You will also receive an access to an online participants’ corner. This is an online dedicated project area for your team for the Next Stage Challenge 2020. There you will have the possibility to further describe your proposal during the hackathon and publish content related to the challenge checkpoints.
● HOW TO JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM OR AN EXISTING PROJECT?
You can join a project after your registering with our slack dedicated channel #ineedacontact
● HOW TO FIND TEAM MATES TO JOIN MY PROJECT IF I AM ALONE?
● I MISSED THE WEBINAR. WHERE I CAN SEE IT?
You can watch it here
● I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I ASK TO?
Please first check the FAQ on our website, if you don’t find your answer please post your question on our dedicated slack
● I DON’T HAVE A PROJECT OR IDEA YET, CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Yes, you can participate to the challenge even you don’t have a project, by joining a team. You can find team mates to join your project after registering with our slack dedicated channel #ineedacontact
● CAN A PROJECT BE SUBMITTED TO MORE THAT ONE TRACK?
No, you need to select one track, the most aligned to your project objectives. You can indicate the other tracks which are impacted by your project.
● ARE TEAMS PUT TOGETHER AFTER THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
● HOW COULD WE PITCH THE IDEA BEFORE THE HACKATHON ITSELF?
No, pitch sessions will start only for selected projects and during the hackathon phase.
● MY LOGIN DOESN’T WORK, HOW CAN I SOLVE IT
If you have a technical issue, please send an email to
● PROJECT MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
You will receive at the hackathon launch an indicative process to guide your project under 2 development phases. 2 project check-points/reviews will be operated by the mentors.
1. May 08th – The Concept pitch review
Your team will expose to mentors the core problem you are addressing, the alternatives you have explored and/or created. How you have converted your ideas into a functional concept with illustrative workflows.
2. May 12 – The product/solution design review
At this review stage your team will expose how the functional concept was converted into an illustrated and or functional product prototype where the different product components are detailed and the user process explained. You will expose the measurable KPI (Key Performance Indicators) / impacts that will prove your future product success.
● UPLOAD YOUR PROJECT
The participants’ corner is the area where you will publish the description of your solution during the contest, and where at the end of the 2 weeks you will upload the final files “Pitch presentation + Applicable technical files…” so that the jury and the mentors can review.
● ACCELERATION PHASE – May 21 to July 10
2 projects will be selected per track to go through an acceleration program supported by a top-quality pool of mentors with different backgrounds and expertise
● CREATED CONTENTS PUBLICATION
Be aware that your participants’ corner will be showcased as a Submitted Project on the Next stage challenge website 2020. By participating in the Next stage challenge you agree that we can disclose the related information that you published in the participants’ corner.
The publication of the result files “Presentation + Applicable technical files…” will be communicated if you wish it to be.
● INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONCERNS
The intellectual property of responding to a challenge is not linked to the challenge editor, which means that the ownership of a project and solution is linked to the registered participants.
Participants to the challenges need to have the absolute ownership of submitted projects. Submitted projects cannot be subject to a conflict regarding intellectual and/or industrial property rights (trademarks, patents, copyrights, etc). The Project and its development within the 3 stages of the Next Stage Challenge 2020 program must not infringe the rights of any third party.