The Open Music Lab is a Berlin-based non-profit collective and is part of the Give Something Back To Berlin community.
The Open Music Lab is born from the realization that many marginalized communities face structural barriers and discrimination, which can hinder their access to and opportunities in the music industry. Music education can often feel exclusive due to the high costs associated with learning, as well as the equipment and tools required to make music.
We are trying to find ways to counter these problems and believe music creation needs safer, more accessible spaces where cultural differences are celebrated.
The Open Music Lab is a space where anyone can learn how to create, record, and share. All of our workshops and courses are free of charge for the students and offer a place for Berlin's diverse communities to connect and create together. We are committed to including and supporting refugees, asylum seekers, people who identify as female, non-binary, LGBTQI +, people of colour, and people with disabilities.
We believe in the right for every human being to express themselves, be respected, and feel safe, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, migratory status, religion, and abilities.
Our music mentors and community members are experts drawn from Berlin's vibrant music scene. We provide weekly workshops on specific topics, ranging from building a basic microphone to learning to mix and master a track, from learning about harmony and scales to writing your own lyrics, from sampling to using synthesizers.
We also run beginners' courses in music production, radio, and DJing, as well as more advanced courses for experienced musicians.