Raga Labs

What is a Raga Lab?

Raga Labs is a music or dance collaboration in a group of 4-6 that you can do with like-minded peers. It is a modular program designed to help you go from concept to a full-fledged professional music or dance video. The beauty of Raga Labs is that it is completely modular in nature.

Apply Here and we will get back to you if you are ready for a Raga Lab!

We have limited Raga Labs groups that we start each month, so as to be able to focus on each group and bring out the best. We are running a waitlist for the current month, and spots are fast filling up for next month. We strongly recommend signing up asap to hold your spot even if you wish to start at a later date.

What are the Stages in a Raga Lab?

Application: Apply as an individual to get evaluated
Collaboration: Collaborate with mentor to structure a piece
Audio: We record audio and get it mixed (for music groups)
Video: We produce video and get it edited
Release: Release on Raga Labs channel

You can join the full Lab or choose to join for any stage based on your convenience.

What is the Application fee for Raga Labs?

There is no application fee if you form your own group of 4-6 and join as a unit. We strongly encourage artists to form groups before joining so that they can get started right away, and work with a group that they have a good rapport with.

If you are unable to do so, you have to apply as an individual and once you are selected we provide information about others who are selected. You have to then connect with them on your own and form a group. The fixed fee for this process is as indicated on the right.

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Application Fee
USA Labs $25
India Labs ₹750
UK Labs £20
Singapore Labs S$20
Malaysia Labs Free

Each participant needs to apply separately
GST @18% to be added to India fee

What is the program fee?

Each group should comprise of minimum of four musicians or four dancers and a maximum of 6. The total group fee remains unchanged. We have broken up fee for each artist for a typical six-member team for your understanding. With less artists, individual fees will increase on a pro-rata basis.

Program Fee for Music Labs includes Collaboration (4 sessions with a Mentor), Audio/Video Recordings and Post Production and Release and Promotion on our social media channels. For Dance Lab, Audio is not included.

The Fee mentioned is for outdoor shoot for a Regular Lab. If it is indoor or a premium Lab, there will be additional cost. Approval by our Creative panel is a must at every stage.

You can also come to us for individual components. Write a mail to us at info@indianraga.com with your requirements

Collaboration

Raga Labs kick off with the collaboration stage. Under a Raga Labs mentor, your team brainstorms ideas, puts together a structure to your music or dance piece, refines it to make it unique and interesting, and gets ready for production. The basic package includes 4 sessions of mentorship, but you can add on more if you need more help at an additional fee.

Raga Labs work best if you can form a team of 4 like-minded peers to work with. If you cannot, we will help you but it takes atleast a few weeks since it depends on when others apply.

Audio

Music teams will be taken to a professional audio studio in their city and guided through audio recording for their piece. The basic package includes 4 hours in the studio including setup time, but teams can purchase additional hours if they need. Raga Labs team will get it professionally mixed and mastered.

This stage is not there for dance teams since they will be performing to existing music.

Video

After the audio is ready, the team can decide a video shoot date. Raga Labs will schedule the same with a professional videographer in your city. The basic package comes with 2-3 hours of videography in an outdoor location. Teams can choose to add on hours or additional services for a more elaborate set. Teams must bring their own makeup and costumes.

After the shoot, Raga Labs team will get it professionally edited.

Release

Once the video is ready, our panel will review and see its suitability for release. If the quality of the content (not production) meets our artistic standards, the video will be released on Raga Labs, otherwise the team will be given the video and they can decide to release on their own. Raga Labs branding templates will be added for release on our channel.

You can also approach us with your edited video for release on our channel. We will verify it and if found suitable, will release it at a fee.

What are the Benefits of doing a Raga Lab?

1. Regular music or dance lessons focus on individual performance. Raga Labs train you to collaborate with other artists and apply your skills to creating your own piece. This will complement your regular lessons by making you a more well-rounded artist.
2. Learning audio and video production basics is a critical skill for every artist in the 21st century. Raga Labs helps you develop these fundamental skills
3. The goal of producing a professional video helps you develop discipline and perfection in every aspect of your performance including technical as well as performance skill. For both adults and kids, it boosts motivation and excitement to continue training and performing.
4. Releasing your Raga Lab on social media will get you featured to a core audience of over 1 million across Raga Lab’s social media channels. They are also shared to the IndianRaga social media channels boosting the reach even more!

What genres and styles are included?

Raga Labs can be in any genre and style. We welcome new genres so do not hesitate to sign-up in any genre of your choice

Read our FAQs below. If you still have questions, email info@indianraga.com

Teams can meet in person if its the same city, or they can have the initial sessions via Google Hangout to decide the concept and get started. Based on the timeline provided by us, they can then figure out specific days to meet in person, and meet in person for the final production. The Coordinator should decide what would be best considering the composition of the team and everyone’s convenience.

Once the group is confirmed, everyone will decide a specific day and time every week with the Coordinator – which means it will definitely be convenient for you. We cannot decide this before you sign up unfortunately

No. Once you join a team, it is a start-to-end commitment to produce a wonderful video with them. It is not possible to leave or join in the middle

This is definitely for both adults and kids. Groups are decided to ensure that all members in the group have similar caliber. Since Raga Labs is not for Beginners you do not run the risk of working with someone who is not talented. While signing up if you do have a group in mind, you can give it a name, and each applicant should mention that in the form while signing up. If multiple members of the group are selected, we are happy to let them work together.

Yes this is for dance also. We are currently able to do Carnatic, Hindustani, fusion, semi-classical/movie, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak, pure instrumental, a cappella, jazz collaborations, and are constantly trying out new exciting genres! We encourage everyone from any culture or ethnicity, with any artistic skill in music or dance, in any genre, to apply.

For Dance Labs, the group must use music that they already own entirely and belongs to them, or they are free to use any of the 500 tracks available on the IndianRaga or Raga Labs channel that is produced by IndianRaga. If other tracks are used, the team runs the risk of the audio being muted, or facing legal action for violating copyright, both of which are not in our control, so we are unable to allow it.

Yes Raga Labs is different from Fellowship, and are both prestigious projects to be part of. Both programs are selective, not everyone who applies is able to do them. Raga Labs identifies the best talent at local or regional levels and brings them together either remotely or in person to do one project. Fellowship happens annually and brings talented artists together to work on an extended set of projects. Those who are unable to commit the amount of time required for Fellowship might find Raga Labs an easier, flexible option to start with. Many of our Fellows have been Raga Labs participants and continue to do them, and vice versa.