Τhe HEMI Music Awards (HMA) 2023 have reached the finish line and the cross-genre wunderkid from Czech Republic, Bad Focus, is the big winner!

Badfocus is an emerging project of a Prague-based producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Prokop Korb. Despite originally coming from a jazz background, he experiments with various genres such as electronica, classical music, hip-hop, or indie pop is an indie / art-rock band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

Τhis incredible journey for Bad Focus included mentoring sessionsnetworking events, online workshops, and live performances at many leading European Conferences, Showcase and Festivals such as Tallinn Music Week, Athens Music Week, EXIT and PIN Music Conference

On top of that he is also honored with a total prize value of € 5,000. The nature of the HMA Prize affirms a shared commitment to helping emerging artists to break through in Europe and beyond.

The annual awards are designed to accelerate the international careers of upcoming European acts through a training program, networking events and live touring in leading showcase festivals around Europe.

Each year, 27 outstanding nominated artists from 9 European countries from Central and Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) are eligible for HEMI Music Awards. All nominees in each phase as well as the award winner are selected by an independent international Jury of 27 members including Industry experts, festival organisers, promoters, export offices, venue managers and music journalists from the 9 countries participating in the Awards.

But HMA is not only for the winner. All nominees are offered the opportunity to attend training sessions to develop their skills as well as networking events to be prepared for an international career, while the 9 HMA finalists are on top of that offered access to HMA touring programme, a total prize value of € 2,000 per nominee. 

Stay tuned! HMA 2024 Open Call is just around the corner!