The Red Bull Music Academy was founded in 1998 as a workshop and lecture series for aspiring music-makers.
Every year, artists from around the world came together in a different host city to learn from musical luminaries – and each other – and collaborate in custom-built studios. Many Academy alumni went on to become leaders of their scenes locally and internationally, while each edition left behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative exchange for years to come.
In addition to the annual Academy, RBMA presented citywide festivals, stages, club nights, workshops and other events in more than 60 countries each year. It was also home to a radio station, Red Bull Radio, broadcasting local music scenes to global audiences, and an editorial platform, RBMA Daily, which lives on as an unmatched archive and source of knowledge for music-makers and music lovers everywhere.
Check out some highlights from Red Bull Music Academy’s 20-year history below.