Black Artist Database (BAD), an online platform with the mission of elevating Black musicians and creatives, is offering another round of free production masterclasses.
To help run the series of four classes, BAD organizers teamed up with German hardware and software producer Ableton. Each session will be taught by a Black producer as well as an Ableton instructor, and they will run from February to May 2022. Black-identifying producers from around the globe are free to sign up.
Classes begin on February 22nd at 5:00 PM GMT, with DJ and producer AceMo hosting a stream called “A Production Seminar.” Other classes include “Drum Programming & Creative Production Techniques in Ableton Live 11” hosted by Kessler and “How to Make Techno Music” with Zvrra. Each class has 300 open spots and those interested can sign up here.
Launched during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests as “Black Bandcamp,” the organization rebranded to BAD in 2021. What was originally a small spreadsheet of Black music producers has since then expanded into a crowd-sourced platform elevating visual artists, publishers, curators, and other creative professionals.
This is the second time BAD launched a series of masterclasses. Back in August of 2021, BAD and Ableton ran a series of four classes covering a large swath of music production, all hosted by prominent Black producers.