We are proud to announce the first HEMI MUSIC AWARDS! We are currently accepting applications for the HMAs 2021! Submissions until December 23, 2020, Here is the full press release!

Are you an artist? Feelin’ Export-Ready? Apply now!

Be part of this annual talent program, and get the chance to earn personalized support by International Music Industry experts, together with networking and touring activities to help you break through the borders and conquer new audiences at 10 leading music conferences and festivals around Europe.
HEMI Music Awards (HMA) is a talent program for artists who are ready to develop an international career and who aim to reach new markets and audiences. HMA is organized by the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI), a European initiative aiming to support artists and music business professionals from Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.
The selection will be done by an international Jury of 27 members, which include festival organizers, promoters, export-office managers, venue managers, and music journalists, while all applicants will benefit from publicity by 18 media partners from the 9 HEMI countries.
HEMI Music Awards 2021 offers prize packages with a total worth of €36,000 through several activities which combine theory, practice and the opportunity for a real life experience! Program packages include tailor made business consultancy, export packs, professional matchmaking, promo support and live touring!
Applicants must be solo artists or bands over 18 years old, living in one of the HEMI countries. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday the 23rd of December 2020 at 23.59 CET. Competition is open to any music genre and admission is free.
All it takes is to fill in the application form: https://hemimusichub.com/awards/

About HEMI
The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is an initiative of 10 music organizations from Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union for 4 years (2020-23).
Developed as a Cluster, the partnership includes Public and Private organizations, Associations, Festival and Conference Organizers, Export Offices and a Music Business school.
The HEMI vision is to create a sustainable “Music Hub”, aiming to develop innovative business models, co-produce and co-promote new events / products, create an Incubator for music professionals, and support artists to meet current market needs.



For more info about HEMI Music Awards, please contact: info@hemimusichub.eu
For press inquiries, please contact: press@hemimsusichub.eu



On Tuesday, November 17, we’ll be discussing “Social Innovation through Music in Eastern Europe”.

HEMI is going to be present at the online version of Lineckeck Music Meeting and Festival on November 17 at 14:00.

Presented by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (in English), this panel will host Georges Perot, Owner & Founder of MESO Music Events / Project Coordinator of HEMI Music Hub and Head of Athens Music Week (GR), Martiina Putnik, Head of International Projects / Music Estonia (EE), Màrton Nàray, Director / Czech Music Export Office (CZ), and Carina Sava, Partner of Mastering the Music Business / Founder & Artist Manager / Watermelon Agency (RO).

The creative industries in Europe’s eastern belt, from Estonia to Greece, have long been somewhat overlooked, wrongfully marginalized because of more than just geographical location. In reality, it is a region that harbors developing societies with digitalized, receptive music listeners and forward-thinking creators.

Nowadays, the contribution through music to a strong and innovative cultural backbone is more important than ever, as it provides strong ties to the rest of the world ensuring that exciting alternative players are allowed to flourish.

We will discuss about different approaches achieved in the eastern belt and will try to answer on the short and long term efficiency of Music contribution in the present, sometimes threatening, social-political environment.

To get more information and tickets, about the Linecheck Music Meeting and Festival (November 17-19), visit: https://www.linecheck.it/


PIN music conference 2020 coming soon!

The first and only music conference and showcase festival in North Macedonia has just announced its 7th edition! This year’s conference and showcase will take place at several locations around the capital Skopje, from the 26th to the 28th of November 2020.

Organized as a part of the renowned Taksirat Festival, PIN will host the best new music talents from North Macedonia, the region, and Europe, and the most relevant names in the music industry – bookers, agents, promoters, journalists.

Together, they will focus on discovering fresh ideas for the music industry. They will not only discuss the current situation in our industry, but also try and find relevant solutions and help each other through these difficult times. PIN’s main objective is to bring and grow positive development in the N.Macedonian cultural scene, through learning and sharing examples of the values and experiences of the prominent music professionals and creative minds visiting the conference.

Are you interested in participating?
Every November, Skopje is the creative center for hundreds of music promoters, producers, managers, enthusiasts, creatives, and representatives of the biggest festivals in Europe.
As always, PIN is free of charge for all delegates.

Sign up and get your pass and all the benefits PIN offers to its guests. If you want to be a part of this year’s PIN edition, you can register HERE


PIN is one of the partners of HEMI, Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. For more information about us, we invite you to visit this year’s PIN Music Conference & Showcase, where we’ll have a special panel dedicated to our multi-national project!

PIN Music Conference and Showcase will be held according to the official protocol for prevention against the CoronaVirus. Wearing a mask and keeping distance are mandatory. If not able to go through with this year’s conference, the organizers will hold the edition online.

Regarding the COVID-19 restrictions, they said: “Yes, Corona is also here and we are on the red list, but, Tottenham won a few days ago in Skopje against Shkendija, and Mourinho was very happy! At the moment, we have a 30% capacity restriction, no test for Balkan and EU citizens to come IN, wearing a mask is a must and disinfection is very welcome! We are ready to try and make PIN happen even if Corona is against us! We are looking forward to seeing each of you at the conference, drinking PINaColada and, playing PINg pong contests on >1.5< distance!

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HEMI Music Awards 2021 edition will be announced during PIN Conference and CEEntral Party events

HEMI Music Award will be a talent programme for artists seeking professional support to help them break the frontiers, reach new audiences and develop international career.

The Αward will be addressed to Export ready artist, meaning that Artist should have experience playing music to a live audience, they should have promo material on the internet, they should have music which is available on major streaming services, and they should have released new music in the last 2 years.

The HEMI Music Award (HMA) activities will combine theory, practice and most of all, real life experiences, providing support through different packages of a total budget worth €36.000!

The selection will be done by an international Jury of 27 members Industry Expert, Festival organizers, Promoters, Export Offices, Venue managers and Music journalists from the 9 countries of the Award: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland and Romania.

The process of selection will be developed in 3 phases:

Phase 1: Preselection of 3 nominees from each country

This phase will be about checking applicants’ data and eligibility criteria’s, leading to a preselection of 3 nominees per country (27 in total).  Jury members will evaluate the nominees through networking and training sessions. The objective will be to help artists identify skills and competencies they need towards the development of their international career.

Phase 2: Selection of 9 International Nominees

In this phase, Jury will reduce the 3 nominees to 1 nominee per country, leading to a pool of 9 international nominees. These nominees will go through specialized training and receiving Tailor Made Business Consultancy on topics they need to break the frontiers! All nominees will participate to an international live music event, which will lead to the final phase of the programme.

Phase 3: Award Winners

The final phase of the programme where the Jury will select 3 finalists and winners of the HEMI Music Award 2021. The announcement will be made during a special event mid-May.

More news next weeks!

HEMI MUSIC AWARD is organized by the Hub for the Exchange of the Music Innovation (HEMI) a project co-funded by the creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Music Estonia presents HEMI at Tallinn Music Week 2020 Hybrid Edition

The 12th edition of Showcase festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) will kick off on Thursday, the 27th of August. Music Estonia is one of the partners of the festival again contributing to the Creative Impact Conference program!

A partner of HEMI, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the conference will take place over two days, 28–29 August at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA), preceded by introductory webinars on the 27th of August. The conference will be in hybrid format, meaning that delegates are able to participate both on site at the EKA, as well as online with a DigiPRO pass.

This year’s program features once again exciting panels and presentations, as well as mentoring sessions and workshops by the professionals in the field.

We recommend that you register to the latter very quickly, as the number of places is limited and the content there promises to be especially interesting – social media platform TikTok, creating a visual brand, mental health and the emotional impact of music, etc.

And those who feel that it would be useful to go over the roles of music industry, can do so in our “101: Roles in Music Industry” webinars on Thursday, August 27th.

To be a part of it all, you have to be a TMW delegate. Conference passes are on sale at the festival’s online store.

Seminars, panels, presentations

This year, the conference addresses music-related topics from practical workshops and seminars to inspiring pop-culturology talks and cross-sectoral future visions.

Music Estonia has contributed to the conference program with the following topics:

Read more and take part.

Mentoring sessions

45 minutes long mentoring sessions are a good combination of learning and networking.

These small group sessions with up to 5 participants and a mentor, are a great way to get some advice on your own matters and also hear and learn from your peers.

The exact content of the mentoring depends largely on the interests of the participants.

Topics such as management, leadership and career development, digital marketing, festivals, etc. will be discussed and advice will be given by the experts around the world.

Mentors include Sophie Roberts, the Booking Agent at leading talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency, Jenni Kivikoski, A&R Manager at Sony Finland, and Effi Summers, who advises indie-artists in the field of social media and visual branding.

The background of the mentors is very diverse – among them are professionals with experience in electronic music, metal, world music, jazz and other scenes.

Mentorings will be held in English, the number of places is limited.

Read more and take part.


In practical workshops, for example, the social media platform TikTok, the basics of copyright, digital marketing techniques, the emotional impact of music, etc. will be examined.

Among others, the workshops will be led by Harry Tidswell, Music Partnerships Manager at leading influencer marketing agency Fanbytes, Brandon Rosenbluth, Agent and Manager for electronic music artists, and Vaiko Eplik, independent artist, author, phonogram producer and Chairman of the Board of EAÜ.

Workshops will be held in English (except for “Autoriõiguse ABC”), the number of places is limited.

Read more and take part.

We are thrilled to present the full line up of the European Music Day 2020

As a proud partner of the  European Music Day Association, we are thrilled to present the full line-up of the 21st edition of the #europeanmusicday#feteEuropeennedelaMusique 2020 edition!

We knew this summer would be different, but as music always finds the way to inspire us, thankfully, it also gives us the strength to move on and undertake new challenges!

Although the infinite obstacles regarding live events, we are proud and feel very excited to confirm that #Athens#Berlin#Budapest#Bucharest#Krakow#Istanbul#Manchester#Milano#Ljubljana#Lisbon#Prague and #Skopje will present a 4 hours live-streamed music marathon, offering everyone, a music journey around Europe!

In total, 12 partners have joined forces, following an initiative of the European Music Day Association, in collaboration with the Greek Network for the European Music Day and the support of HEMI Music Hub and Creative Europe!

All events will be broadcast live (combining live and prerecorded concerts), in high resolution for mobile, tablets or TV screens!

With music genres ranging from Jazz to pop, from rock to funk and techno, we will be visiting beloved places, legendary landmarks, or unexpected spots, from the Cobblers Bridge in #Ljubljana to the rooftop of the Institut français Berlin or the gardens of #Manchester, from #TechnopolisCityofAthensObservatory to a boat TRIP on Budapest’s Danube river, from #Bucharest to the secret gardens of Lisbon, from magnificent Krakow to the legendary Cross Club in Prague, and from a home studio in Milano to the Музеј на современата 

уметност Скопје / Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje  and the one-of-a-kind party on a rooftop overlooking Bosporus in Istanbul!



19.00 (18.00 CET), Manchester (UK),Diving Station

19.12 (18.12 CET), Krakow (PL),Gypsyandtheacidqueen

19.42 (18.42 CET), Athens (GR),Mica Eio

19.57 (18.57 CET), Ljubljana (SI),Pantaloons

20.17 (19.17 CET), Lisbon (PT),MURAIS

20.32 (19.32 CET), Prague (CZ),teepee

21.02 (20.02 CET), Skopje (MK),Foltin

21.24 (20.24 CET), Budapest (HU),Goodbye Darjeeling

21.44 (20.44 CET), Athens (GR),Tfatfy

22.10 (21.10 CET), Milano (IT), LuweiMondonero

22.30 (21.30 CET), Berlin (DE),The junk-E-cat

23.00 (22.00 CET), Istanbul (TR),Hey Douglas

23.42 (22.42 CET), Bucharest (RO),Manuel Riva




#EuropeanMusicDay #EMD2020 #FEdlM #musicmoveseurope European Music DayHEMI Music Hub, 


On the 5th of February, HEMI partners representatives presented our four-year project in Kino Siska’s Komuna Hall.

With EU’s new cultural policy, which provides a vast amount of resources for the development and professionalization of the music industry, they addressed the question of how the Central and Southeastern (CSEE) Music Markets will react to this new influx of financial means.

A lively discussion about all that HEMI (which is dedicated to the professionalization and internationalization of the regional music industry, and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union) can bring to the table and what the future holds for the music industry in the region, was hosted by Peter Baros from Sigic -Slovenian Music Office  and HEMI partner.

Other HEMI representatives present included Georges Perot, Head of Athens Music Week and HEMI project coordinator (GR), Gorjana Jordanovska (MK) from Password Production, Náray Márton, Director of Sound Czech  (CZ) and Maja Lapuszynska from the Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (PL).

It was a productive few days in a wonderful city and we look forward meeting with our Slovenian partners again!

HEMI partners kick-off meeting in Athens !

HEMI kick-off meeting, took place in Athens, Greece, December 12-13, 2020!

It was a wonderful time in Technopolis City of Athens for the 20+ participants representing the 9 countries of our project, as we embarked in synthesizing the structure, the goals and the vision behind HEMI!

Meeting started with a warm welcome from Konstantinos Bitzanis, Managing Director of Technopolis City of Athens and Antonis Ikonomou, Director of Innovathens, who presented Technopolis City of Athens.

Then, representatives from Asociatia Romanian Artists Worldwide (RO), Foundation Exit (SRB), Fundacja Krakowska Scena Muzyczna (PL), Institut UmeniDivadelni Ustav (CZ), Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (PL), Majdnem Hires Rocksuli (HU) , Music Estonia Mtü (EE), Password Production (NMK), Sigic Slovenski Glasbenoinformacijski Center (SI) presented their organization


Then, HEMI’s project coordinator, Georges Perot presented the project goals and vision while Ivan Toromanovski, HEMI’s  Operational manager analyzed the administrative model. It was an enthusiastic launch between partners, which has already produced results.

Looking forward to meeting all of our partners soon again and move on with our annual innovation meeting!


HEMI Kick off meeting agenda
12 – 13 December, 2019 / Venue: Innovathens – Technopolis City of Athens


12th of DECEMBER 2019:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­09:00 – 09:30:     Arrival of participants

Coffee reception

09:30 – 09:45      Welcome note & Technopolis Presentation

by Konstantinos Bitzanis – Managing Director Technopolis
Antonis Oikonomou – Innovathens Director

09:45 – 10:45      Partners’ Organization presentation

All partners, 5 min. each

10:45 – 11:00      coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30      HEMI General Overview, presentation by Georges Perot, HEMI Project Coordinator

11.30 – 12.00      HEMI Operational model, presentation by Ivan Toromanoski, HEMI Operations Manager 

12:00 – 12:30      HEMI operational model, discussion

12:30 – 13:00      HEMI Financial model, presentation by Ioanna Skiada, HEMI Financial Manager

13:00 – 13:15      HEMI Financial model, discussion

13:15 – 14:15      Lunch Break

14:15 – 15:15      HEMI Activities Overview

15:15 – 15:45      HEMI Activities, Discussion

15:45 – 16:00      HEMI Innovation meeting Overview (Athens – January)

16:00 – 16:15      coffee Break

16:15 – 16:45      HEMI Innovation meeting Overview, discussion

16:45 – 17:00      Conclusions / end of first day


13th of DECEMBER 2019:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­09:30 – 09:45:     Arrival of participants

Coffee reception

09:45 – 10:45      HEMI Multiplier EventsFirst semester 2020 overview

  • MENT Showcase Ljubljana / SIGIC (February)
  • MMB showcase, Bucharest / RAW (March)
  • TMW, Tallinn / Music Estonia (March)

10:45 – 11:15      HEMI Multiplier events discussion

11:15 – 11:30      HEMI Brand ID draft proposals Overviewby Dimitris Kanellopoulos

11:30 – 12:45      HEMI discussion

12:45 – 13:00      HEMI KOM conclusions

13:15 – 14:15      Lunch Break