What is the Art Rocks music competition?
Art Rocks is the largest music competition in the Netherlands that fuses music and the visual arts. Art Rocks challenges musicians to write a song inspired by one of more than 90 artworks in the collections of the following 14 leading Dutch museums spread over the country: Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), Drents Museum (Assen), Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo), Fries Museum (Leeuwarden), Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam), Museum De Lakenhal (Leiden), Coda (Apeldoorn), Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht), Museum Prinsenhof (Delft), KAF (Almere), Zeeuws Museum (Middelburg), Amsterdam Museum (Amsterdam), Panorama Mesdag (Den Haag), Noordbrabants Museum (Den Bosch) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam).
The next competition starts in August 2020 and will finish in March 2021 with a grande finale in Paradiso (Amsterdam). This is the 5th year of this project and we cooperate with several national musicpartners and educational partners. Part of the program is a masterclassday with young musicans and an event called ‘Museumronde’ were musicans perform next to the art collections.
How do I enter?
Registration starts on 28 August 2020 and ends on 1 November 2020.
Who can enter?
Anyone aged fourteen or older can enter Art Rocks 2020. The competition is open to professional musicians and complete beginners and any size of act, from solo performers to twelve-piece orchestras. Just bear in mind that the technical facilities for performing in a museum may be limited. Entries are accepted in any musical style.