"I'm incredibly sad to learn about the closing of RBMA and Red Bull Radio. Say what you will, but the truth is these programs gave a lot to our community," Mor Elian said.
Paul Woolford, Mor Elian, Eric Cloutier, Ciel, RP Boo, Throwing Snow, Violet and Plastician are among the voices discussing the imminent closure of the lecture, workshop, party and concert series, as well as the online radio station, on social media today.
"My heart goes out to all the talented writers and producers and creators who made RBMA what it was who are now out of a job," Ciel wrote on Twitter. "Critiques of corporate sponsorship are one thing, but none of that delegitimizes the incredible work you all did to sustain and build our culture. Thank you."
Cloutier tweeted, "I don't know who has that kind of bankroll and is willing to take so many unbiased risks and open people up to so many new worlds with music." He added: "It's going to be a dark time for us all without them, as 99 percent of what's left doesn't have the means to play the PR game and thusly will probably never leave their basements and bedrooms with their talent."
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I’m incredibly sad to learn about the closing of rbma and Red Bull radio, say what you will but the truth is these programs gave a lot to our community.— Mor Elian (@_morelian) April 3, 2019
Especially feeling for my friends and rest of the lovely and skilled people that will be jobless now.
Extremely sad news to hear that @rbma and Red Bull Radio will be closing.— Plastician (@Plastician) April 3, 2019
RBMA is without doubt one of the greatest ventures that has happened in music in my lifetime. Their team & family of artists are incredible
It's going to be a dark time for us all without them as 99% of what's left doesn't have the means to play the PR game and thusly will probably never leave their basements and bedrooms with their talent.— eric cloutier (@eric_cloutier) April 3, 2019
I think especially for people living in remote locations, far from Europe or major US cities without much of a scene as such, RBMA did a lot. Hopefully something new replaces it.— Alex Rhyw_Cassegrain (@cassegrainmusic) April 3, 2019
My heart goes out to all the talented writers and producers and creators who made RBMA what it was who are now out of a job. Critiques of corporate sponsorship are 1 thing, but none of that delegitimizes the incredible work you all did to sustain and build our culture. Thank you.— Ciel (@aerielist) April 3, 2019
Thank You For The Great Experience @RBMA & @redbull_radio It Was An Honor To Be Able To Sit Down And Express Just A Part Of My Continuing Music Journey! Until The Next Chapter•RP Boo👻🙏🏾 https://t.co/KL6lMSgkYN— RP BOO Rolling Stone (@RP_BOO_) April 3, 2019
Sad news about @RBMA, they were a big help to my career and 2013 NYC will always be a very special time in my life. Much love to all involved, brands occasionally can do something extraordinarily good for culture— Throwing Snow (@ThrowingSnow) April 3, 2019
Red Bull Music Academy @RBMA が今年の10月で終了するというお知らせ...!!— yuko asanuma (@yukoasanuma) April 3, 2019
Thank you @yadastar and @RBMA for all the amazing contributions you made supporting this culture. It was a truly valuable and inspiring experience to work with your team in 2014 ❤️ https://t.co/YgC6VMRvDP
RIP RBMA. I remember combing the list of participants and lecturers and being so inspired, discovering amazing talent. Hopefully the spirt and energy will find a new home... https://t.co/0OCDZfAYt9— Emily Dicks (@EmilyDust) April 3, 2019
super grateful for all @RBMA has done for the community. i’ll never forget getting the email in 2008 saying i got accepted - i made friends for life in my term and learned a lot about the music— Violet / naive (@violetakaviolet) April 3, 2019
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Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Radio to shut down this year