Are you an up-and-coming South Asian musician in need of funding? Look no further; your prayers may have been answered with the Ravi Ray Audio Fellowship.
Created by sound-mixing engineer Ravi Lad, aka Ravi Ray, in collaboration with community partners like Brown Girl Magazine, South Asian Trailblazers, Outer Voice Records and more, the fellowship will create a space for South Asian creatives to thrive and reach their full artistic potential. To apply, hopefuls must be ages 18 and 35, a musician with fewer than five original songs, a resident of the domestic United States and identify as South Asian. The prize includes $2,000 to create and release an original composition, providing for everything from music production to advertising. Additionally, the awardee will receive four one-on-one mentorship sessions with music industry leaders like Naveed Ahmed and Rianjali.
“It wasn’t too long ago I was still working my 9-5, wondering what my full potential was. I want to kick-start that discovery process for the next generation of South Asian musicians,” Ray explained in a press release. “Regardless of whether you have resources today, I want to tangibly empower you to reach your full potential. Finding success in the music industry takes connections and building relationships, and that’s exactly what this fellowship is designed to do.”
Hopefuls have until July 31 to submit their application, along with a song demo. The RRA team, with the help of indie musician Abhi the Nomad as celebrity judge, will select the winner by August 26. There’s no time to waste, so be sure to submit your application before the deadline. For more information, check the Ray Ravi Audio website!