What is Turku Rock Academy?
Turku Rock Academy (TRA) focuses comprehensively on making music and the different aspects of performing it. TRA offers the youth information about the different career options in the music field as well as extensive views and support for finding employment in the field.
The bands established by young people will receive advice about all the possible aspects of the field, from the twists and turns of the music business to music instruction and marketing their own competence. They can also look forward to gigs, studio time and making music videos.
All the academy students will take part in regularly held band clinics. These clinics, led by skilled professionals, are free of charge and open to all.
TRA is a form of youth work created by the City of Turku’s Youth Services, which aims to improve the prerequisites of young people involved in band activities to develop into competent, maybe even professional musicians.
The bands selected for the two-year Rock Academy programme will receive:
- instructed, regular time in the studio
- guided, regular band practices
- clinics held by the music business professionals
- opportunities to perform
- high-quality video production and promotional pictures
- a regional and national cooperation network in the music field and support from the Rock Academy to promote their musical development.
How can I join?
Turku Rock Academy is open for bands from all music genres with members that are under 29 years of age. The applicants are expected to demonstrate the right kind of attitude, motivation to develop further and the opportunity to commit to the coaching for two years.
The programme is free of charge for the bands.
The bands have the chance to be selected for Turku Rock Academy through an annual Turku bandstand review, held in January. Every year, 3 or 4 bands will be selected to the Turku Rock Academy from among the bands participating in the Bandstand.
Rock Academy Finland
The Rock Academy operational model, coordinated by the City of Turku’s Youth Services and Turku Rock Academy, has also been introduced in other cities.
The national Rock Academy Finland project promotes the development of young bands, even towards a professional music career, and offers young people information about the different career options in the music business.
With funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Turku Rock Academy’s operational model was introduced in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Joensuu, Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Rauma in 2014–2016.
Cities participating in the Rock Academy Finland project in 2019–2020:
In each city, the local youth services are in charge of the operations. Turku Rock Academy trains the city personnel involved in the project and supports them at all stages of the project.