Backline's 12-week accelerator program provides coaching, mentoring, industry networking, and grants to cohorts of three or four musicians and/or bands. It ends with a showcase, where the Backline artists perform for music industry professionals, supporters and community members.
Musicians and bands of any genre may apply. A panel of national music industry professionals interview and select the participants. Learn more about our selection process here.
The Spring 2020 accelerator programs will tentatively take place April through June. It is anticipated the Backline Fellows will spend between 20-40 hours per week participating in the accelerator program. The hours spent each week can be flexible to accommodate the schedule of each participant.
All Backline finalists receive $20,000 in grants to be used towards their music careers.
The program is split into three sections:
During create, Backline artists create music and content. The Backline team facilitates introductions to potential collaborators, studios, photographers and videographers, and other industry experts for the Backline artists to create with during this phase.
The connect phase provides introductions, resources, and mentorship for Backline artists to efficiently connect with industry leaders locally, nationally, and internationally who can help bolster their careers. Each Backline artist takes a group trip to Los Angeles and New York, and will be connected to experts in the music industry.
During the plan phase, the Backline team works individually with each Backline artist to plan out the next year of their career, focused on driving sustaining revenue and heightening the profile of each Backline artist.
Unlike other accelerator programs, Backline is completely free. Backline requires no equity, fees, revenue or residuals. The four selected Backline artists each receive a $20,000 budget grant to be spent toward their career. Participants work with the Backline team to determine how the $20,000 is spent.
Backline hosts quarterly workshops in each market focused on navigating the music business and how to make money as a musician. Workshops feature local and national industry experts and are be free and open to all.
Annual reception where Backline musicians play for an audience of mentors, community members and music industry professionals. The showcase happens at the end of each calendar year and includes all artists from the year’s cohorts.