Backline is a funding and educational initiative to help Milwaukee musicians achieve greater success and establish Milwaukee’s reputation as an emerging music city.
Backline will give $20,000 grants to four musicians and/or bands, who will go through a 12-week business accelerator program run by gener8tor. The accelerator is unlike anything else out there in the music industry. The 12-week program includes coaching, mentoring and networking with music industry leaders from Milwaukee and across the country. It ends with a showcase, where the musicians will perform for music industry professionals, supporters and community members.
Milwaukee area musicians and bands of any genre may apply. A panel of music industry professionals from outside of Milwaukee will interview and select the Backline grant recipients.
Unlike other accelerator programs, Backline is completely free. Backline requires no equity and no fees. Each selected musician and/or band will receive a $20,000 grant with no ask of equity, revenue or residuals.
Backline will host quarterly educational sessions, focused on how to navigate the music business and how to make money as a musician. Workshops will feature top people from the industry (plus food and beer) and will be free and open to all.
Mark your calendars. Our first Workshop will be held on June 2, 2018 from 12:00-3:00pm. Topic & speakers to be announced soon.