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Underground Music Academy is thrilled to announce the official launch of our online curriculum. Following a series of workshops aimed at understanding and meeting the unique needs of our hometown, Detroit, we are well-prepared to extend our services to both the national and international communities.

UMA and Studio Express, in collaboration with 2K Foundations, will introduce a music licensing course starting January 20th, 2024. This comprehensive course will provide valuable insights into the business of music licensing for video games. In addition to lectures from industry professionals, 2K Games will license one final track for a game. UMA, along with our advocates, will choose a total of 12 students to receive scholarships to attend.

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  • What is the purpose of the Music Licensing Course?
    The Music Licensing Course aims to train individuals in the intricacies of music industry licensing over a 10-week period. It includes hands-on coaching, a speaker series, and professional guidance tailored for emerging creatives pursuing music industry careers. Developed in partnership with Underground Music Academy, Studio Express, and 2K Games, the course allows participants to submit tracks for potential inclusion in future 2K game releases. Two outstanding tracks from the course will be selected and licensed for use in a 2K game, providing a unique opportunity for recognition and exposure within the music and gaming industry.
  • What is the cost to participate?
    Course fees for Music Licensing Course Winter 2024 are covered at no costs to selected applicants.
  • Why should I take this course?
    This comprehensive course is designed to provide in-depth training in music licensing, mentorship for emerging creatives, and the opportunity to submit tracks for potential use in 2K games. Two exceptional tracks from the program will be chosen for licensing in a 2K game, offering valuable exposure within the music industry.
  • Will there be anything rewarded at the end?
    Yes. At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement. Additionally, the selected standout tracks will be licensed for inclusion in a 2K game.
  • How many tracks will be chosen?
    Two completed tracks will be chosen for this session based on direction during the 10-week course. (1 track from Underground Music Academy and 1 track from the Studio Express).
  • Will there be promotion for the chosen tracks?
    Yes. The creators and their tracks will be announced publicly on social media platforms of 2K games, Underground Music Academy, and Studio Express.
  • Will there be compensation/royalties for the chosen tracks?
    Yes. Chosen tracks will be given credit on the gaming platform as well as artist compensation at set 2K professional licensing rates.
  • If my track is chosen for this challenge, will I need legal representation or a formal contract to participate?
    Participants will receive a copy of the licensing contract before the course begins. As with all agreements, it is highly recommended that participants seek advice from their own legal counsel before signing any contract. This step ensures a complete understanding of the terms and protects participant’s rights effectively.
  • Is the chosen track creator responsible for the monetary taxes?
    Yes. Each person compensated for their track will be responsible for taxes as determined by your city, state, or country guidelines.
  • Who will be responsible for choosing tracks for the 2k release?
    2K Games music licensing and supervising team will select the chosen tracks.
  • What happens to my music after this process if I wasn't chosen?
    You will retain your rights. If your production is a co-production, the splits will be determined by those who created it. We do not own any portion of it.
  • Is it mandatory to complete the entire program to be eligible for your track to be chosen?
    Yes. Each participant will be required to complete the entire 10-week program. Program guidelines will be provided upon notice of acceptance and at orientation.

  • Commit to completing the 10-week training program commencing January 20, 2024 as presented by Underground Music Academy, Studio Express and in partnership with 2K. The class will meet weekly on Saturdays from 1-3pm EST. Students are expected to be in the classroom by 12:45. 

  • Students must have intermediate to advanced production, recording, mixing and mastering skills. 

  • Only one entry per person. 

  • Participants must be 18 years or older to participate in the program.

  • Include your press pack at the end of the application, which includes a current bio, press shot, and 1 mixed and mastered instrumental/composition mp3 reflecting your production. 

  • Submit your application before January 5th, 2024 at midnight EST.

    All applicants with incomplete applications will be forfeited. 





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