HEMI Music Awards 2021 announces the 9 finalists!

Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is thrilled to announce the 9 finalists for the HEMI Music Awards (HMA) 2021!

Coming from 9 countries of Central & Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia), these 9 artists will now have access to mentoring and training activities targeted towards developing their skills and competencies in communication and revenue streams, with the aim to help propel their international career!

We are proud to introduce 9 exceptional European artists from a wide musical range such as the singer and busker Thom Artway from the Czech Republic who blends the modern sound with the classic songwriting, the punchy Nordic electro-pop trio from Estonia, I Wear* Experiment, the alt-rockers from Greece, Deaf Radio, with half a million streams already, Woodstock Barbie from Hungary who infuse vintage blues rock, scratchy stoner and silky soul, the eclectic funky pop collective, Funk Shui, from North Macedonia, the garage-rock trio and proud owners of one of the best Serbian albums of 2020, Dogs in Kavala, the Polish quartet, Izzy and the Black Trees with their atmospheric Americana blended with post-punk energy, Romania’s first Youtube sensation, Lucia, with her fragile vocals and last but not least the Slovenian addictive pop/rock/disco/punk mixture of Koala Voice!

Along with the training program, the 9 finalists will be performing and presenting a song of their choice during the HMA Live Music Session, an online event which will give the opportunity to both audiences and Jury members to discover them live on stage!

Moreover, all the artists will be presented during HEMI partner event, Mastering the Music Business, the international showcase conference of Romania, to finally enter the last phase of the awards in June, leading to the selection of the 3 winners of HEMI Music Awards 2021!

The 9 HMA finalists were selected from the pool of the 27 nominees of the 1st phase of HMA, by the 27 International Jury members, representing Festival & Showcase Conferences, Music Venues, Booking Agencies, Music Associations, Export Offices and Music Media. Meet them all here!

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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 the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

 

Road to international markets: Music PR in Germany Workshop by Sebastian Król

In this last workshop of HEMI Music Awards phase 1, the 27 nominees of CSEE had the chance to find out how the Music PR process works in Germany.  Sebastian Król, co-founder of Backseat music agency and Funklub platform gave to the nominees an overview featuring fields of media, insights of a campaign and tips on how to get in touch with Music PR agencies. 

Sebastian Król is 32 years old and lives in Hamburg. After graduating from the university of Lüneburg with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Król started working at the music agency popup-records. Six years later, in 2017, he founded the label and PR agency Backseat – together with his friend and partner Arne Thamer. Early 2021, he started Fanklub, a new platform for bands and fans which will launch in summer. Sebastian is also a musician himself, releasing music under the alias Karwendel, poetic indie folk in German language.

Backseat is a Hamburg-based music agency founded in 2017 by Sebastian Król and Arne Thamer. We develop individual PR campaigns for releases in the fields of indie, folk, pop and rock. We cover all media fields (radio / print / online / TV) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Currently we support the following bands: Ane Brun, Sticky Fingers, AVEC, Kristofer Åström, The Fratellis, Tiger Lou, John Paul White, Meadows, Hudson Taylor, Lauren Ruth Ward and many more.

In addition to PR activities, Backseat is also active as a label itself. Together with Soulfood & Believe Digital as distribution partner we can distribute our releases worldwide. ROBA Musikverlag supports us in publishing. So far the following bands have released their music on Backseat: Carnival Youth, BRTHR, The Bland, DI-RECT, Jonas Alaska, Of The Valley, Albert Luxus, Jo Goes Hunting, Penny Police, Phototaxis, I’m Not a Blonde, Native, Brett Newski, Echo Me, Grapell, Martin Baltser, Cub & Wolf, Big Fox, Native, SPARKLING, The Cool Quest & The Bad Tones.

Backseat is in charge of the music booking for the NORDEN Festival in Schleswig and the PR for the Rock For People Festival in the Czech Republic. Since 2020 Backseat cooperates with the Czech export office SoundCzech to connect the German and Czech music industry.

In 2021, Sebastian Król and Arne Thamer founded the Fanklub Music FKM GmbH, a new platform for bands and fans: fanklub.com

Fanklub is the new platform for bands and fans!
As a band, you can create your own Fanklub page in no time, free of charge and with no programming skills – as website and app. All basic information such as live dates and videos can be found by everyone free of charge. Fans can access exclusive content such as live streams, news, and raffles by joining your Fanklub, which starts at €1.99 per month. As an all-in-one solution, Fanklub combines the functions of a classic band website with the features of crowdfunding models. With Fanklub you will have a perfect fanbase management tool and will be able to generate a solid monthly income. Because 90% of the fan contributions are passed on to the band.

Introduction to music publishing by SongtrustⓇ/ HMA workshops

For their 3rd ΗΜΑ workshop, the 27 HEMI MUSIC AWARDS nominees had the chance to meet with Mandy Aubry, Director of Business Development for EMEA and APAC at Songtrust.

Mandy’s wonderful workshop was an introduction to Music Publishing, with useful and crucial information on topics such as When is the right time to sort out your music publishing, Linking the composition and recording, Why direct collection is best, Traditional publishing (& co-publishing) deals, Publishing administration deals or Modern music publishing administration deals.

About Mandy :

Mandy Aubry is the Director of Business Development for EMEA and APAC at Songtrust, the world’s largest technology solution for global music publishing royalty collection and administration. Aubry is based in the Netherlands and leads Songtrust’s expansion across EMEA and APAC. She has more than 20 years of experience in the music industry, previously working for music publishing administrator Fintage House, and the renowned hard rock and heavy metal record label, Roadrunner Records. Aubry also holds the Rightsholder position on the Executive Board of the Association for Electronic Music.

Mandy Aubry has a unique talent for demystifying the complexities surrounding music publishing, and is committed to its democratisation. Originally from London, Mandy lives with her family in the historical city of Leiden in the Dutch province of South Holland.

https://www.songtrust.com
https://twitter.com/songtrust
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-aubry-89ab866
https://www.linkedin.com/company/songtrust
https://www.facebook.com/songtrust
https://www.instagram.com/songtrust/

About Songtrust:
Songtrust is the world’s largest technology solution for global music publishing royalty collection and administration. It was founded to simplify music rights management and remove the complexity of the publishing landscape. Songtrust’s core mission is to help musicians, publishers, labels, and distributors easily track and collect global publishing royalties for their music catalogs.

Songtrust administers more than 2,000,000 songs and represents more than 300,000 songwriters, including those who have written songs recorded by Drake, Billie Eilish, and Kendrick Lamar. The company works with publishers and distributors such as CD Baby, Downtown Music Publishing, and Sub Pop Publishing.

Songtrust maintains the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the music industry by having direct relationships across more than 50 rights societies around the world covering more than 215 countries and territories. Songtrust® is a registered service mark of ST Music LLC, which is owned and operated by Downtown Music Holdings. Songtrust was named a Billboard Magazine Top Music Startup upon launch in 2011.

The company is headquartered in New York City. For more information, please visit: http://songtrust.com/

 

Short intro about HEMI music markets (Workshop Video)

HEMI partners met again with the 27 artists nominees selected in the first Phase of the HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021!

This unformal workshop was held to make a short presentation of the 9 HEMI music markets (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.)

For more information about the 27 nominated artists and bands from  please also visit: HEMI MUSIC AWARD  ARTISTS 2021

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS is a pilot project from the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI).

HEMI is a European initiative aiming to support Artists and Music Professionals from Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE). Developed as a Cluster, HEMI partnership includes Public and Private organisations, Associations, Festival and Conference Organizers, Export Offices and a Music Business school.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, our vision is to trademark Central and South Eastern European Music Creativity.

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Meet the 27 HMA artists nominees (video)!

On Wednesday 27 of January, HEMI partners met with the 27 artists nominees of the first Phase of the HEMI MUSIC AWARDS. You can discover all these talented artists from Central & Southeastern Europe in the short footage of our zoom session here bellow!

For more information the 27 nominated artists and bands from Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, you can also visit: HMA Artists Revealed

We look forward to meeting them again in the next sessions when we’ll start feeding them with useful information about our markets and other important topics for any music entrepreneur!

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HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 27 first nominees revealed!

HEMI Music Awards (HMA) 2021 is thrilled to reveal the nominees of the first edition! The 27 artists and bands from 9 countries of Central & Southeastern Europe will be participating in the initial phase of HMA 2021 and will earn activities that will help them evaluate their capacity to access new territories.

The package for each one includes accreditations to attend European showcase festivals and conferences, business assessment made by Export Offices, training sessions, and media coverage.

From a total of 285 exceptional European artists from a wide musical range, the international jury had the difficult task to select only 27 of them (3 artists per country) that met the criteria to the fullest extend.

However, only the 9 of them (1 per country) will pass to the second phase of HMA, earning personalized support, advanced training and networking until the third and last phase of HMA 2021 where 3 winners will earn the prize package that covers costs for content creation, promo campaigns, participation to selected music conferences, and all expenses for touring to international Festivals and showcase events, a total prize value of € 6,000 per winner!

HEMI Music Awards 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.

Discover the HMA 2021 nominees

Czech Republic

Thom Artway

VIAH

Invisible World

Estonia

Puuluup

I Wear* Experiment

Lexsoul Dancemachine

Greece

Deaf Radio

Transparent Man

Marva Von Theo

Hungary

BÖBE

Woodstock Barbie

The Anahit

North Macedonia

Funk Shui

YÖU

Pluto’s Doubts

Poland

Izzy and the Black Trees

Helaine Vis

Taraban

Romania

Lucia

JazzyBIT

Funkorporation

Serbia

Dogs in Kavala

NAKED

Šajzerbiterlemon

Slovenia

Koala Voice

WCKD Nation

Bowrain

Prestigious media partners join the HEMI Music Awards 2021

The HEMI Music Awards 2021 have secured the support of 18 distinguished Media Partners from the 9 HEMI countries.

Submissions are still open for the HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021. The deadline is December 23!

It’s all about the music, we all know that! However, publicity is also key, if a musician or a band want to reach their audience! That’s why the HEMI Music Awards have partnered with 18 music magazines, radio stations and music portals from every country participating in the program, to ensure the all-important media coverage and dedicated communication. Whether mainstream or cutting-edge, these diverse voices reflect the life and sounds of Central and South-Eastern Europe today. We are honored to present them all here, by country:

Czech Republic

FRONTMAN  An online music website focusing mostly on active musicians, and connected with
Kytary.cz, the largest company selling music instruments in the Czech Republic.

 

 

 

MUSIC SERVER  One of the biggest music websites in the Czech Republic covering the music scene no matter the genre, with approx. 2,000 visitors per day.

 

 

Estonia

RAADIO 2   R2 is an Estonian radio station which belongs to Estonian National Broadcasting. It focuses on new Estonian music and aims at broadening the listener’s musical horizons.

 

 

happening

Häppening This independent Estonian design, culture, and music online magazine is devoted to spreading outstanding sound, art, and culture.

 

 

Greece

AVOPOLIS.GR  is the first Greek music portal with 24 years of life and the most popular music site. Strictly original content from the music industry, with exclusive photo & video material.

 

 

LIFO is one of the strongest media brands among all categories and one of the most influential news media in Greece, with an influential and loyal community of readers.

LIFO.gr has been, since the first days of its operation, a digital phenomenon that combines high quality originality with extremely high traffic, offering valid and independent information, entertainment, views, culture and innovation.

 

Hungary

Phenomenon magazine was launched in 2010 as an independent online cultural portal for young people, and has secured a stable position since the start in the 18-28 age group. Its main content line is music, along with articles on strong fashion, design and cultural themes.

Trend FM This news radio station broadcasts from Budapest offering all the current news with a strong focus on economy,  culture, and entertainment.

 

North Macedonia

ANTENNA 5 RADIO NETWORK Antenna 5 Radio Network is the top ranked national radio station founded in 1994.  Antenna 5 is a Hit Music Radio Station, ranked number one in overall rating categories.

 

 

RADIO MOF  Radio MOF is the first internet and youth radio in N. Macedonia, producing and sharing informative and musical content. Lead by the fact that the media space for youth is limited, this medium is an open platform for promotion of the youth cultural and creative society.

 

Poland

ANTYRADIO  The major and longest existing rock radio station in Poland. It uses 16 broadcast transmitters that cover the largest cities in Poland. It is famous for its uncompromising approach to the existing reality and strong personalities performing on the air.

 

CGM.PL The largest, independent music service on the Polish market since 1999, CGM presents information both from Poland and abroad, covering practically all music genres. It is countless, opinion-forming author’s materials, such as reviews, essays, or photo reports from the biggest concerts and festivals in the country.

 

Romania

INFOMUSIC  An important music portal in Romania, featuring all the local and international music news, reviews, interviews and latest videos.

 

 

RADIO GUERRILLA During its 16 years on the air, this radio station has launched more than 30 campaigns, designed to build and raise culture, consciousness and politeness levels in their home country. The Radio Guerrilla community is everywhere the listeners are. Always with fine humor, sour controversy and subtle irony, with discussions about actual and hot topics, with the desire to change for the better all the things that are going wrong.

 

Serbia

BALKANROCK   is a regional web magazine-type portal, founded in 2007 with a clear vision to establish itself as a meeting place of all the lovers of rock and roll, metal, punk and alternative music in the region (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, FYROM).

 

Radio Belgrade1  A radio station of the public media institution Radio-Television of Serbia, which aims to inform, educate and entertain, but also represents an institution that has a special role in the social, cultural and political life of Serbia.

 

 

Slovenia

ODZVEN WEB MUSIC MAGAZINE Odzven is a music webzine, produced by SIGIC – the Slovenian Music Information Centre. It covers all musical genres and includes music reviews, interviews, essays and columns. Odzven collaborates with more than 20 Slovenian music journalists, from young and emerging ones to the most renowned music publicists in Slovenia.

 

RADIO TERMINAL  is the first Slovene web radio station featuring exciting new music, music news, podcasts, reviews, and other stories related to the music presented on the radio.
Radio Terminal was established in 2011 with the intention of showcasing new and urban music in an interactive way. The radio provides its listeners with contemporary music and explores its current trends produced by local and foreign artists.

 

For all the details and to apply for the HEMI Music Awards, visit: https://hemimusichub.com/awards/

Distinguished Experts come together for the HMAs 2021

HEMI Music Awards 2021 is proud to have secured the participation of an international Jury of Experts from the 9 HEMI countries.

Submissions are still open for the HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021. The deadline is December 23!

In charge of all phases of the selection of candidates is a Jury of 27 members, each one an important voice in the music industry in the region: Industry professionals, Festival organizers, Promoters, Export Office Executives, Venue managers and Music journalists will come together to offer their valuable expertise and choose the winners! It’s time to turn the spotlight to our distinguished jury!

Czech Republic

Naray Marton, Director of SoundCzech Music Export Office

Vaclav Klima, Founder of Heartnoize Promotion

Jiri Matysek, music journalist at musicserver.cz, Full Moon Magazine

Estonia

Ave Tolpt, Jazz Estonia, Music Estonia

Ingrid Kohtla, Head of PR & Communications, Tallinn Music Week

Mihkel Kubar, Intsikurmu Festival

Greece

Leonidas Antonopoulos, Head of Kosmos Radio, Artistic consultant at Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

Thomas Mahairas, Artistic Director/Head of Communications Fuzz Productions /Release Athens Festival

Georges Perot, MESO Music Events, Head of Athens Music WeekHEMI Music Hub Project Coordinator

 

 

Hungary

Zsolt Jeges, President, HAIL / Founder, Mamazone Records

Machán-Csetvei Frigyes aka Nesta, concert and gig organizer, program editor and presenter at TrendFM 94.2 in Budapest.

András Hering is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Phenomenon.

 

North Macedonia

Zoran Petrov CEO, Program Director Antenna 5 Radio

Lina Ugrinovska, International Booker/ Password Production

Goce Trpkov, music producer (DJ Goce)

 

Poland

Marcin Bąkiewicz, music journalist, music director of Antyradio

Michal Wojcik, CEO/founder of Cracow Music Scene, Tak Brzmi Miasto

Maja Lapuszynska, Krakow Festival Office, Wianki  Fete de la Musique Program Manager

 

Romania

Anca Lupes, President of RAW Music/ Mastering the Music Business

Bogdan Serban, Radio producer, RADIO GUERRILLA

Edmond Lenarth, Head of Booking and Event Manager, Electric Castle

 

Serbia

Milan Rakić, music promoter, record label owner and rock – metal – punk journalist.

Dragan Ambrozić, music journalist, promoter, EXIT festival

Katarina Epstajn, Editor-in-Chief of the Thematic Channels of Radio Belgrade.

 

Slovenia

Peter Baroš, Secretary General, Sigic, MENT

Klara Zupančič, Val 202, Punk Rock Holiday Festival

DJ Tomaz Pezdirc, Radio Terminal

Find all the information and apply for the HEMI Music Awards, at: https://hemimusichub.com/awards/

 

 

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS

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.

MEDIA SPONSORS :
ANTENNA 5 RADIO NETWORK (MK) | ANTYRADIO (PL) | AVOPOLIS.GR (GR) | BALKANROCK (RS)| FRONTMAN (CZ) | INFOMUSIC (RO) | LIFO (GR)| MUSIC SERVER (CZ) | ODZVEN WEB MUSIC MAGAZINE (SI) | |RAADIO 2 (EE) | RADIO GUERRILLA (RO) | RADIO MOF (MK) | RADIO TERMINAL (SI)

HEMI PARTNER EVENTS :
ATHENS MUSIC WEEK (GR) | BUSH (HU) | CEEntral PARTY (CZ) | EXIT FESTIVAL (RS)| MASTERING THE MUSIC BUSINESS (RO)| MENT LJUBLJANA (SI) | PIN MUSIC CONFERENCE (MK) | TAK BRZM MIASTO (PL)| TALLINN MUSIC WEEK (EE) | WIANKI FESTIVAL (PL)

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

 

HEMI at LINECHECK!

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/