In India, the independent music scene is rapidly growing, with a plethora of talented artists looking to make their mark. However, navigating the industry can be a daunting task, which is where organisations that are trying to provide the necessary tools and support system for independent musicians to thrive come into play. Read on to find out more about 5 such organisations that are emerging as pillars of support for independent musicians, helping them hone their skills, connect with industry professionals, and navigate the ever-changing landscape of the music industry that’s often obsessed with the mainstream.
Offset Education is a platform that aims to bridge the gap between education and practical experience for musicians. They offer courses and masterclasses on various aspects of the music industry, such as songwriting, production, and marketing. Musician and educator Nush Lewis (who recently spoke on a panel at All About Music) founded Offset to directly support education and creative development of both, the learners and educators, through a community approach. They host an educational podcast with a host of respected industry professionals and fellow musicians as part of their artist outreach activities; and have brought together a music educator community for their fellow teachers!
Amplify Music Incubator
Amplify Music Incubator is a community-driven organisation that provides mentoring, networking opportunities, and resources to independent musicians. They believe in the power of collaboration and provide a space for artists to connect with like-minded individuals, grow their network, and find support and guidance in their artistic journey. They provide a 6-week hybrid program of workshops that focus on the individuals’ artistic, entrepreneurial and personal development – which in turn helps them build their creativity, solid networks, and long-term, fulfilling and sustainable careers. Each Cohort is limited in participant number, 6 weeks long, and ends with a massive artist showcase!
Compass Box Studio
Compass Box Studio is a state-of-the-art recording studio that offers professional recording, mixing, and mastering services to musicians. They have a team of experienced producers and engineers who record, produce, and publish music, providing all the right support, resources, and environment for artists to succeed in this industry. Compass Box Studio was founded by musician Raag Sethi to be an active contributor in the ever-growing, diverse independent art ecosystem in India. The studio also provides workshops and training programs to help musicians improve their recording and production skills – as well as hosting and posting incredible Live Jam Sessions by various independent musicians.
Neon is a creative Music Business Consultancy agency developing dynamic, self-sufficient, sustainable and export-ready independent music and culture industries in India. This new-age organisation has a vision to build a music industry out of the current Indian music “scene”, and they do this by utilising the education, networks and expertise of their co-founders – Vishruti Bindal and Prarthana Sen. They provide personalised support and guidance to independent musicians, helping them build their brand, reach a wider audience, and secure performance opportunities. Neon also curates and organises live music events, and offers consultancy services to everyone in the music industry.
musifie is a community-driven social and professional platform working to create a thriving and sustainable ecosystem by overcoming challenges in the creation, collaboration, discovery, and monetization of music. Artists can create personalised profiles, upload their music, and network with other musicians, industry professionals, and fans. musifie also provides resources and tools to help musicians promote and distribute their music effectively. They aim to create a better world for creators, curators, sponsors and listeners of music through freedom in discovery of music, where musicians are inspired and supported by their community to grow their art through collaboration and mentorship.
The independent music scene in India owes much of its vitality to organisations like these, and others. Their unique platforms and their commitment to supporting and nurturing independent musicians has significantly altered the landscape of the industry, and will continue to do so.
These organisations are still pretty new, and yet, the promising trajectory of the independent music scene in India is evident. Envision a future where a thriving ecosystem of shared information results in a multitude of artists with distinct sounds and personal brands, resonating with diverse audiences. With each success story, the independent music scene not only flourishes but also becomes a beacon for creative expression. These organisations are not just shaping careers; they are architects of a vibrant future for independent music in India – and we can’t wait to see what the New Year brings!