What is Online Raga Jam?

Raga Jam 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 full-fledged professional music or dance video.

Music Raga Jam requires everyone to have a good mic at home, like the Blue Yeti or a similar condenser mic to record audio. It also needs them to have the ability to take simple, static video footage with a DSLR or a high-quality smartphone that can take HD footage. Check here for more details.

Apply now and we will get back to you if you are ready for a Raga Jam!

You have the option to sign up for a Regular or a Custom Raga Jam.

What are the Stages in Online Raga Jam?

Application: Apply as an individual to get evaluated
Collaboration: Collaborate with mentor to structure a piece (Custom) OR
skip this step and pick a pre-designed music template or dance choreography created by us (Regular)
Audio: Each participant records audio and we get it mixed (for Music  Raga Jam)
Video: Each participant records video and we get it edited
Release: Release on Raga Labs channel.

What is the program fee?

Regular Raga Jam:

Music: Program fee covers audio mixing, video editing, release and promotion. You need to pick up a pre-designed music template, plan and rehearse. No mentor is provided. Participants will do their own audio recording and video shoot. For a group of 6 musicians, it costs $100 per participant. If you want to be in a smaller group, fee will be pro-rated. Minimum group size is 3 and at least 2 vocalists are required.

Regular Raga Jam for Dance will be launched soon.

Custom Raga Jam:

Music: Program fee covers audio mixing, video editing, release and promotion. It also covers mentor ship with an instructor who will help develop an idea and structure that is unique to your group. Participants will do their own audio recording and video shoot. For a group of 6 musicians, it costs $275 per participant. If you want to be in a smaller group, fee will be pro-rated. Minimum group size is 3 and at least 2 vocalists are required.
Dance: Program fee covers video editing, release and promotion. It also covers mentor ship with an instructor who will help develop an idea and choreograph that is unique to your group. Participants will do their own video shoot. For a group of 4 dancers, it costs $275 per participant. If you want to be in a smaller group, fee will be pro-rated. Minimum group size is 3.

How is Custom Raga Jam different than Regular Raga Jam?

The final video quality will be same for both. For Regular Raga Jam, there will be other teams that will also use the same track or choreography, whereas a Custom Raga Jam is unique to your group. Regular Raga Jam templates will keep getting refreshed every few months, so it is best to sign up for an idea before it gets taken off the list. You can find the current list of templates in the application page.

Regular Raga Jam is designed for you to consistently collaborate easily and at a really low cost. This is less time consuming as the idea and structure is developed already, and participants only need to worry about good execution. Custom Raga Jam is designed for teams to work with an instructor and develop their own unique concept, but is more time consuming.

Process

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

There is no mentor in Regular Raga Jam.  The team will discuss among themselves and submit the  draft for review by our panel.

Each participant to record his/her audio and send to us for mixing. Once the final audio is ready, each participant to do the video recording.

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.

What are the Benefits of doing Online Raga Jam?

1. Regular music lessons focus on individual performance. Raga Jam 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 Jam 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 Jam video on social media will get you featured to a core audience of over 1 million across Raga Labs’ social media channels. They are also shared to the IndianRaga social media channels boosting the reach even more!

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

Teams can have the sessions via Google Hangout or any other online tool. The Mentor also conducts the sessions online only.

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

In the past, we have had Vinod Krishnan, Shraddha Mohan, and other very senior IndianRaga Fellows as the mentors for different Raga Jam team. The team will surely be mentored by a senior IndianRaga Fellow who does brilliant work in composing and putting together a Raga Jam. But we do not guarantee a certain mentor at the very beginning because all our mentors work closely with founder Sriram Emani to ensure the best possible Raga Jam experience so we do not see each lab being different based on the mentor.

This is definitely for both adults and kids. Groups are decided to ensure that all members in the group have similar caliber. Since Raga Jam 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 Raga Jam, 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 channels 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.