ONE WORLD MUSIC stars

from April 2024

 Brief description
Through our ONE WORLD MUSIC STARS project, we want to inspire musically talented young people aged 16 - 22, with and without a migration or refugee background, with social problems, low educational opportunities from socially deprived areas and from all neighbourhoods in Bonn to develop their potential and benefit from working together. In workshops that build on each other and complement each other (e.g. music composition, sound design Music composition, sound design, rhythm training, writing lyrics, audio and video editing, camera work, sound recording, lighting technology and design, etc.), young people learn to recognise their preferences and potential, thereby complementing and supporting each other. Musical and technical skills are developed and content-related knowledge in various media areas is imparted. In all sub-projects
the highest value is placed on the project intention. The sub-projects address racism, discrimination and the prevention of violence, thereby breaking down prejudices and reflecting on values. Their intercultural skills are expanded, social cohesion is strengthened and togetherness is promoted.

Need for action on site
This project is extremely important in Bonn so that young people from different social backgrounds can come together and benefit from each other. In districts with a high proportion of migrants and refugees (such as Tannenbusch, Bad Godesberg and the north of Bonn), we want to recruit young people just as strongly as in districts with a lower proportion (city centre, Südstadt). This diverse group will automatically develop a fruitful dynamic: for example, young people with a migration and refugee background can express their feelings and experiences on the topics of racism and discrimination, discuss them with others and bring them into the musical discourse by writing lyrics. Young people with a different social background can then take on the empathetic part. The same applies vice versa, as some young Germans do not dare to approach strangers because they may have had negative experiences with young people who came from another country or live in isolation here due to social causes and a lack of opportunities to participate.
As many families with a migration and refugee background remain among their compatriots, the children of these families often find it difficult to move autonomously in a pluralistic society. The coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult for young people to meet each other, and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in particular have suffered as they were already more isolated than others their age before the pandemic. It was more difficult for young people to actively engage or participate in social life.

Project idea
Our idea is to bring together musically talented and media-savvy young people between the ages of 16 and 22 from different backgrounds and social backgrounds in a low-threshold way and, in addition to promoting musical and linguistic development, to initiate and further develop the positive shaping of their human attitude and values by addressing the issues of racism, discrimination and violence prevention.
The common interest and shared enjoyment of the project ensure that the process in the target group is symbiotic, autonomous and automatic.
Three experts with relevant experience in working with young people in the specialist areas will guide the groups and provide impetus.
In sub-projects that build on and complement each other, the young people will contribute their talents and potential to the project and learn how to professionally create and produce a song and a video from A-Z by working together. In terms of content, the biographies of the participants with their own experiences will be strongly incorporated into the production and a mutual exchange will be initiated, which will improve the young people's empathy and create openness for people with a refugee or migration background, e.g. for refugee Muslims. By bringing in their migration experience, they raise awareness of their individual life stories.
Their perspective on their musical development and career choices is created and visualized through the progress they themselves perceive. Through the opportunity
to act as volunteer mentors in the future, the participants are taught methodical approaches and practise using didactic tools. This develops their pedagogical skills and they learn to share their knowledge on an equal footing.
The end products of all 3 project years (3 ONE WORLD SONGS and 3 videos) should reflect the examination of the topics of racism, discrimination and violence prevention, promote humanistic awareness and stand for tolerance, respect and charity. In addition to imparting technical and content-related knowledge, the main aim is to promote group dynamics and cultivate a process of mutual understanding so that prejudices and stereotypes are broken down and mutual acceptance is strengthened.
Beyond the meeting format, sustainable contacts will be established that will enable the young people to expand their network and make further progress.
Implementation measures:
Every project year, 10 new participants go through the same process so that all participants receive the same knowledge and skills. At the start of each project year, participants are recruited by the project management for the first 3 months. In the fourth month, the selection of participants takes place on 2 Wednesdays through a casting with a small audience on the stage of the music pub Session. From May, the young people will work in groups of 5 in parallel through the 6 sound and video modules of 12 Saturdays each and alternate in the module (sound and video) on the same day in order to be at the same level of knowledge and to offer the young people variety.
At the end of the year, the young people will perform and the result of the project (ONE WORLD SONG with video) will be presented to the public at an event and disseminated via the media.
Each year, the young people will produce their own radio show and podcast, which will be broadcast on Radio Bonn Rhein Sieg by Medienwerkstatt Bonn.
The young people will record and film each other's project work and create their own project documentation (audio, video, podcast).
Guests who inspire and respect the young people will be invited for the discourse, empowerment and enjoyment of the project (e.g. rap singers, youth coaches, athletes, editors, etc.) from the Bonn area.

Music and sound production in groups of 5 participants

1. Introduction to music production:
Teaching the necessary knowledge and skills
2. Basic skeleton of the song:
Structure specification (intro, choruses, bridges, instrumental), discovery phase (beats suggestions of various music genres), song structure (cord progression (chord sequence), melody (melody), lyrics (lyrics))
3. Production:
Selection of sounds (piano, strings, etc.), recording the elements in Cubase (piano parts, guitar parts, beats, etc.), writing and finalizing lyrics, recording vocals
4. Editing:
Selection and editing
5. Mixing of the tracks:
Choice of effects, sound processing
6. Mastering the final mix:
Final editing

Video production in groups of 5 participants

Part One: This will deal with general aspects of filmmaking and the technology needed to make a movie:
I. Getting to know the technique
II. What is a movie?
III. What criteria should a film fulfill?
IV. What stylistic means are available to me?
V. How do I film correctly with my camera/smartphone?
VI Light and sound when filming with the camera/smartphone
Part two: Here we will work practically with the cameras and create space to answer questions:
I. Turning the camera on/off
II. Zoom, focus, iris
III. White balance
IV. Presets
V. Tips and tricks
Part three: Here we continue to work practically with cameras. The focus is on storytelling:
I. What are meaningful shots
II. perspectives workshop, music video
III. panning
IV. Shots with movement
Part four: The material is viewed and sorted. Metadata is created so that the material can be processed in the program:
I. Viewing the material
II. renaming the material
III. Use of metadata
Part five: The recorded material is processed in the program. The focus here is on editing:
I. Getting to know the program: Final Cut or Da Vinci Resolve
II. creating and saving media libraries
III. working on a timeline
IV. How to merge images
V. Editing to music
VI Editing techniques and transitions
Part Six: Merging image and sound, rendering and exporting the files:
I. Merging soundtrack and video track
II. color correction
III Rendering the material
IV. saving, storing and exporting

Effect and objective
In addition to content knowledge, the main focus is on group dynamics, personality development and strengthening young people's self-confidence. Due to the rapid pace of technological development, young people today are acquiring more and more media skills from an early age if they are given the means and the conditions at home. There is therefore a fundamental desire to be able to keep up and compete in media segments.
In group work, young people recognize their preferences and potential and learn to complement and support each other. They reduce their prejudices, reflect on their values and develop and expand their intercultural skills.  They have the opportunity to develop their musical and technical skills and acquire knowledge in various areas of music and media.
In all sub-projects, the intention of the project is given the highest priority - racism, discrimination and the prevention of violence are the primary topics that the young people deal with, then reflect on and put into musical form.
The young people should have the opportunity to develop their skills as much as possible. To this end, the sub-projects are conceptually developed with the respective content to be conveyed and materials required.
We take great care to ensure that the young people remain motivated and have fun with the project by setting objectives that are easy to achieve.
One of the objectives is to create the three ONE WORLD SONGS with accompanying professional videos by having the young people compose and produce one song per year on the topics of racism, discrimination and violence prevention, so that the three songs and videos can be presented at the end of the third year of the project. The songs with the accompanying videos will also become ONE WORLD HYMNES of our association and will be played at the ONE WORLD FESTIVAL BONN, which is then planned again, as well as at other events to prove to the audience what the ONE WORLD MUSIC STARS have created so wonderfully.
Through the specially produced project documentation and the planned radio broadcasts, the young people will see their own success in stages before the end of the project and can further optimize their own performance through critical examination.
We also want to do something together in nature "out of the ordinary" in order to strengthen the group feeling and come together in a different environment for once. The participants can then choose the activities themselves from several suggestions (e.g. a musical hike, a visit to a young band's rehearsal room (Musikakademie Bonn or/and Rock- und Pop Akademie Bonn-Bad Godesberg, etc.) and of course they can also express their own wishes.
We are convinced that the increase in skills will also open up good opportunities in other areas of life, such as taking up other voluntary work, training or studying.

Continuation of the project and sustainability
After the first year of the project, the young people are able to act as mentors, passing on the knowledge they have acquired to new participants or those in need of support and applying the social skills they have gained.
In the best case scenario, the young people develop such a strong interest that they aspire to train or study in the music industry and/or the media sector.
The resulting musical and visual works will continue to be published at various events and online and used to acquire new funding. Through contact with WDR Lokalzeit Bonn, our ONE WORLD MUSIC STARS will reach the general public.
It is also planned to form a ONE WORLD BAND or a ONE WORLD ORKESTAR from the 30 young people so that they can continue to compose, rehearse and perform together. For their growth, they will continue to receive the necessary funding, organizational and logistical support as well as the corresponding public relations work for activities, workshops, further training, concert performances and tours from our association.