Australian label Future Classic and cloud storage platform Dropbox have announced a studio residency for emerging artists in the Frogtown neighborhood of Los Angeles.
In 2017, Future Classic opened its North American office in L.A. to re-establish the sense of community and creativity the tastemaking imprint had cultivated back in Sydney. Since opening their studio together in April 2018, Dropbox and Future Classic -- which counts Flume, SOPHIE and Flight Facilities among its roster -- have hosted a variety of talent from the worlds of electronic, avant-pop and fringe rap, including Moses Sumney, JPEGMAFIA, Clams Casino, Jacques Greene, Axel Boman, Ryan Hemsworth, Glass Animals, Aloe Blacc and many more.
"We're so excited to be partnering with Future Classic for the second year in a row, this time with a program that leverages Dropbox Paper as a tool for artists to express themselves and communicate how they are so much more than the music they create," said Liz Armistead, head of brand partnerships at Dropbox. "The Future Classic x Dropbox Studio continues to be a great place for artists to connect and collaborate, and the Studio Residency will allow up-and-comers to leverage technology and mentorship that they wouldn't otherwise be able to access."
Adds Nathan McLay, founder and CEO of Future Classic, "The partnership with Dropbox has been incredibly organic, we share the same ethos when it comes to creative collaboration, and we're delighted they are as intrigued as we are to experiment with new technology and create opportunities for artists. We've always been inspired by discovery and creative-driven artist development so I can't wait to start digging through the artist submissions and see where it leads."
The studio residency covers flight and accommodation for unsigned artists traveling from around the world, and the studio team will help set up writing and recording sessions with other writers, producers and musicians. Successful applicants will also be given the opportunity to present in front of a steering committee of music industry mentors, from agents and concert promoters to managers and label and publishing executives, as well as creative professionals in music-adjacent industries.
Financial assistance is available to contribute to travel and accommodation costs associated with the Residency. Applications are accepted at residency.futureclassic.com, and applicants can use Dropbox's free collaborative document tool, Dropbox Paper.
To celebrate this announcement, Future Classic is hosting a series of events in London, Sydney and Los Angeles. You can RSVP for the festivities at residency.futureclassic.com, and find out more information about the studio residency at http://residency.futureclassic.com.
14 - London, U.K. - Moth Club - Chrome Sparks, Late Verlane & special guests
20 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Moroccan Lounge - Reo Cragun, Harry Teardrop & special guests
5 - Sydney, AU - Oxford Art Factory - Basenji, yergurl, Jeida Woods & special guests