What is the IndianRaga Fellowship?
This is a new-age program where,
1. The best young artists are selected
2. They collaborate with some guidance from the IndianRaga creative panel
3. They come together for 5-10 days and produce high quality videos of their collaborations
The IndianRaga Fellowship is the world’s most prestigious network of performing artists producing the best collaborations and music videos. Past Fellows have performed at Lincoln Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Joe’s Pub, and been featured on NPR. The videos have collectively garnered over 10 million views.
There are no pre-requisites for participants, but data shows that candidates who have done at least 2-3 Raga Labs or taken a few levels of the IndianRaga Certification have a distinct advantage in the Fellowship selection process. The IndianRaga Certification feedback by our panel of experts helps develop strong technical competence while the Raga Labs process helps participants get familiar with the process of collaboration, audio/video production, and developing creative approaches. Please note that the IndianRaga Fellowship selection team is not provided with any information on who has done a Raga Lab or Certification so as to keep the process fair.
To learn more about the process, see these overview videos to get an idea of the program:
Read our FAQs below. If you still have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some of the most successful productions from the Fellowship:
Q: When and where is the Fellowship?
A: The IndianRaga Fellowship happens annually in North America and also in India, and for exact dates and timeframes please sign up at indianraga.com/fellowship and information will be sent to you as and when each Fellowship is announced. We are planning to conduct multiple regional fellowships in various cities across North America and UK.
We will soon be launching Regional Fellowships in Boston and London.
Q: Is the Fellowship only for applicants in a certain age group?
A: The Fellowship is open to applicants from all age groups.
Q: Are there any pre-requisites to apply to the Fellowship?
A: There are no pre-requisites for participants, but data shows that candidates who have done at least 2-3 Raga Labs or taken a few levels of the IndianRaga Certification have a distinct advantage in the Fellowship selection process. The IndianRaga Certification feedback by our panel of experts helps develop strong technical competence while the Raga Labs process helps participants get familiar with the process of collaboration, audio/video production, and developing creative approaches. Please note that the IndianRaga Fellowship selection team is not provided with any information on who has done a Raga Lab or Certification so as to keep the process fair.
Q: Who evaluates the Fellowship applications?
A: IndianRaga does not reveal the names of panelists who evaluate Fellowship applications. The panel itself consists of a mix of experts in the genre who are able to provide meaningful feedback with logical reasoning, as well as past senior Fellows of IndianRaga who have stood out for their technical as well as creative competence to deliver world-class collaborations. The panelists change every year, and are not aware of who their co-panelists are, to ensure as fair and unbiased a process as possible.
Q: How many productions will each Fellow be able to feature in?
A: In each cycle, Fellows can expect to be part of at least two productions. This depends on how efficient and organized teams are, and IndianRaga is unable to guarantee a certain number of productions each Fellow can be part of.
Q: Do I need to have training and knowledge of other genres than the one that I am trained in to be a Fellow?
A: No, we look for musicians and dancers who have deep knowledge and training in the genre they are applying in, and a willingness to collaborate and open their minds to other art forms. We do not need you to have any previous training or experience in collaboration. We believe that the Fellowship is designed to help you develop the ability to collaborate as long as you are strong in one genre and are open-minded.
Q: Are the music videos based on traditional classical music or is it about new-age explorations?
A: There is no fixed policy on the creative aspect. Fellows are encouraged to come together and work with each other to create music that inspires them and that is relevant to audiences today. The IndianRaga production team will work with you in advance to understand your ideas and help shape the ones that would be most feasible for the Fellowship productions. You can review the productions from past Fellowship years to get some more insight.
Q: What is the cost of attending the Fellowship?
A: The IndianRaga Fellowship is an opportunity to feature in multiple productions in collaboration with different artist groups, in one shot! The program is designed for those who are looking to have an involved and diverse experience including feedback from experts, opportunity to meet and work with diverse artists, and of course the final productions, and joining a global network of advanced level performers. It also opens up the possibility of being invited to perform Fellowship pieces on prestigious live platforms.
The costs of attending the IndianRaga Fellowship are:
Application Fee: There is a non-refundable application fee depending on when you register. Its a single payment of $50 for Early Entries and $65 for Late Entries.
Program Fee: In North America, candidates who are offered a spot in the Fellowship will all pay a nominal program fee of $250 to cover a small portion of the Fellowship expenses. There is also a refundable security deposit that is to be paid which will be returned after all post production is completed satisfactorily.
For more details and for fee in other countries, please check the relevant page upon launch.
Travel, Boarding and Lodging: All candidates must support the costs of their travel to the Fellowship venue, accommodation, local transportation, meals and any other others costs of attending the Fellowship.
Q: What is the Evaluation Criteria?
A: Featuring in a music video involves a strong visual component and hence we expect candidates to focus on all aspects of performance and presentation style. We will be evaluating candidates on the visual aspect of their performance in addition to the technical and creative aspects. This includes but is not restricted to location and setting, lighting, interaction with camera/audience, body language, costume and style, make up and anything else that you think will enhance the audience experience.
Q: What are the requirements for Collaborative Round?
A: In Collaboration Round, participants are expected to collaborate with other selected participants and come up with pieces that meet the standards of IndianRaga productions. IndianRaga provides a list of ideas, but the participants are free to modify or choose their own concept. They will be submitting the concept and its relevance to our panel for review and upon approval they will rehearse and submit a draft audio/video recording. At each stage, our creative panel will review and approve or approve with changes or reject.
Q: If I am selected to be a Fellow but am unable to participate, can I still be called an IndianRaga Fellow and get access to other opportunities through IndianRaga?
A: No. Only those who accept the invitation to be a Fellow, and attend the Fellowship Recordings to feature in productions with us will be called IndianRaga Fellows.
Q: If I am selected to be a Fellow, is there a contract I need to sign?
A: Yes. IndianRaga invests a lot of money to produce high quality productions with Fellows, and the productions created at the Fellowship are owned by IndianRaga. In order to ensure consistency of quality and high standards, we also retain creative control on productions to decide which ideas are approved for production and which are not. There will be an MoU to this effect shared and signed with invited candidates as part of the onboarding process.
Q: What kind of mentorship is provided during the Fellowship selection process and for the productions?
A: IndianRaga provides a list of ideas in the Collaboration Round that candidates can use or review to get inspired for other ideas. We will also connect all candidates with each other, however candidates are expected to be able to reach out and collaborate with other candidates without any handholding. Once ideas are formed and drafts are shared with us we do provide feedback to help refine them, but we are looking primarily for candidates who are able to collaborate and produce exciting work. For those looking for hand-holding and mentorship, we recommend the Raga Labs program – many of our Fellows have done a few Raga Labs before applying to the Fellowship and found the process helpful in aiding the collaboration process. In short, we provide the infrastructure to facilitate collaboration but there is no handholding or individual mentoring offered towards this process.
Q: Where will the content be released by IndianRaga?
A: IndianRaga will release videos produced at the Fellowship on its YouTube and Facebook channels, with a view to maximizing visibility for Fellows and their collaborations. IndianRaga owns the content produced at the Fellowship and may license it to generate revenue that will be invested in supporting future IndianRaga Fellowships and making more opportunities available to IndianRaga Fellows.
Q: Would all approved pieces at Fellowship be released on the IndianRaga channel?
A: In most cases this is true. However, this is subject to all participants submitting work of high standards including technical as well as performance content. After all videos are edited, the IndianRaga panel will review each piece to ensure they all live up to the standards expected by audiences on the IndianRaga and Raga Labs channels. If any piece is found to be sub-standard, we reserve the right to not release it at all.
Q: I registered for the Fellowship this year, but I am not able to send in the application due to personal reasons. Would it be possible for me to get a refund?
A: No, the application fee is non-refundable.
Q: Are there any recordings of the “IndianRaga Fellowship Info Webinars” conducted earlier? Can I view the recording?
A: Yes, here are the links to the recording of the sessions conducted for the 2017 Fellowship in USA.
Also check out the video from Mahesh on Creative Viral Ideas
You can also read the blogs by Santosh Baynes on Fellowship
What you need to know about Round 1 in the IndianRaga Fellowship Application
What Applicants are looking for about the Fellowship
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