Open competition for World Music performers within the project “MOST”

Competition for World Music performers within the project

EXIT Foundation invites all performers World Music podžanrova (which includes traditional, folk, ethno, ethno-jazz, global beats, conscious music, spiritual music and beyond) to apply for the second competition in a row within a large international project “BRIDGE FOR MUSIC OF THE BALKANS”, whose goal is the development of the music industry in the Balkans and the promotion of domestic performers on the international market.

The competition is intended for musicians from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Northern Macedonia and Serbia. It is open until December 12, 2021, and the selected 12 musicians will gain greater visibility on the global music scene, financial support, and various career advancement opportunities.

In addition to performing on the stages of major European festivals such as EXIT and Budapest Ritmo and participating in the prestigious World Music Conference WOMEX, the musicians receive a one-year mentoring program with eminent European music professionals, as well as a five-day training on band management and artistic portfolio creation. Financial support for the creation of new projects, international performances, ie participation in various showcase events, as well as opportunities to meet music professionals and artists from Western Europe and the Balkans are also planned.

Some of the criteria that will be crucial in the selection of new music stars from the Balkans are the artistic international potential, the diversity of music styles and areas, then the popularity and artistic value of the performance.

Selected musicians will have the opportunity to perform at the EXIT festival in 2022 as part of the showcase. Next summer, this festival will host a special event in Novi Sad, which will be dedicated to the title of European Capital of Culture 2022, the “BRIDGE” project and music from the Balkans. Also, within the Exit, a conference will be held with the participation of over 100 delegates from countries across Europe.

In addition to the EXIT Foundation, the partners in this four-year project are organizations from seven European countries, led by the Hangvető organization from Hungary.

“The Balkans have diverse and very high quality artists in the world of music. But they fail to reach the international scene due to the lack of funding programs, international relations and accompanying music infrastructure and competencies. “, said Andraš Lelkeš, founder and director of Hangvető, leader of the MOST consortium and organizer of the Budapest Ritmo, World Music Festival.

The “MOST” project is funded by the “Creative Europe” program, which is part of the European Union’s framework for supporting the culture and audiovisual sector.

The competition for musicians is one of a total of three competitions launched within the “MOST” project. Competitions have also been announced for young music professionals (trainings, mentorships and trainings under the auspices of European organizations dealing with the World Music genre, such as Piranha Arts and Hangvető) and other professionals from the music industry, festivals and clubs from the Balkans (cooperation with other Balkan or European festivals, financial support and mutual exchange of performers).

“MOST” brings together important actors in the music industry of this area, and through four different competitions (for performers, festival organizers, music professionals and urban creatives) connects eight countries. The common goal of all countries is to present the Balkans as a fertile and creative musical ground, as well as to strengthen the music market of this area through support for the actors of World Music and ethno genre.

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