Art Rocks-Museum Boijmans en van Beuningen Rotterdam-Kim Balster

28 August marks the start of Art Rocks, the largest music competition in the Netherlands that brings together art and music. This competition challenges musicians from all genres to write a track that is inspired by a work of art. The best submissions will play their track live in a large museum in the Netherlands and will compete at music venue Paradiso in Amsterdam for a €1000 prize. The competition is organized by the Art Match foundation and seven prominent Dutch Museums: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Bonnefantenmuseum, Tropenmuseum, Drents Museum, Kröller-Müller Museum, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, and Centraal Museum.

About the competition

Musicians from all genres can submit their track for the Art Rocks competition between 28 August and 15 October. An expert panel will select 56 musical acts from the submissions. During the preliminary rounds, these acts will perform their piece live next to the artwork in one of the seven museums. The best eight acts will compete in the final at musical venue Paradiso for the €1000 prize and the opportunity to make a music video.

Art Rocks in the Kröller-Müller Museum

The Kröller-Müller Museum selected eight inspirational artworks from artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Jan Fabre. The ambassadors for this year will be announced on 28 August. One of these ambassadors will present a masterclass in songwriting at the museum. The Kröller-Müller museum round, in which the selected musicians will play their piece next to the artwork, will take place on 9 December. The big final will be held on 23 January 2019 in Paradiso in Amsterdam.

To participate in the music competition you need to be at least fifteen years old. The competition is open to amateur musicians and professional musicians. For further information visit