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/

 

Feasibility of a European Music Observatory: new studies from Music Moves Europe

The European Commission has just published two studies of “Music Moves Europe”.

Under the 2018 Preparatory action on music, the European Commission launched several studies to address the main challenges in the music sector, all aiming to improve the poor data availability, develop a better understanding of the market trends as well as sustainable mechanisms on how to monitor them, and to identify data and funding needs.

Two corresponding studies are now published:

However, we need to note that the data for both studies and their analysis reflects the “pro-Covid-19” situation.

The current crisis has had a profound effect on the music sector, so the issues that these studies bring to light (the lack of data and the funding gaps) make their findings even more important, so that EU and national institutions and policy makers can contribute to the sustainable development of the music sector.

Background

The 2018-2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European diversity and talent” aims primarily to prepare future support for music under the Creative Europe programme (new sectorial action on music).

Over the past three years, the European Commission has launched 7 calls for proposals and 4 calls for tenders to implement the Preparatory action, with a total budget of €7 million. This process and the results achieved will help design the future EU support in the context of the Music Moves Europe initiative, including funding under the Creative Europe programme.

For more information, you can also read about how the EU responds to the coronavirus outbreak in support of the cultural and creative sectors.

HEMI Enters BUSH, the Hungarian Showcase Conference

HEMI Enters BUSH, the Hungarian Showcase Conference

Budapest Showcase Hub is the first Hungarian showcase festival and conference, focusing on the Central Eastern European region, showcasing the best current artists and listing all the hot topics of the music industry. This year, irregularly, it’ll be a one-day-only hybrid event, on November 4th, but will still be international and reaching beyond the borders.

The organisers of BUSH have created an entertaining video series of 31 promising artists of the region, as traveling and gathering is highly limited due to the pandemic, so they cannot perform live as usual.

The trailer of the series is already available, while the full episodes will be launched at the start of the conference, on the 4th of November on BUSH’s YouTube channel, which will including some interesting trivia of the artists.

In the selection process the organisers, just as usual, asked for the support of a few hundred music professionals and associations, such as ETEP and INES.

The conference and mini-showcase will be held at the famous A38 Ship in Budapest. The conference program is focusing on this hectic year of COVID-19, on changes and challenges.

The first two panels will be powered by Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI), Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The first one, Young Indie Label Associations in Deep Water, will dig into what happened in the past couple of years to the young label associations of the region.

Then, Entrepreneurship in Music Business, aims to clear the picture around the self-releasing artists, music business education and programmes like HEMI Music Hub, Music Competence Centre or JUMP.

Further panels will be discussing the sector’s challenges and opportunities, and of course, a listening session is also a must!

After the conference, four very promising Hungarian acts will hit the stage:  IamSoyuz, Saya Noé, Mongooz and the Magnet and Törzs while, at the small stage, there will be an electronic TEB selection by Telekom Electronic Beats Showcase: Mennydörgő, Flanger Kids, Ben Leavez, Fausto Mercier, DJ Mesterháza and Normál Tamás.

More info:

https://budapestshowcasehub.com/

https://www.facebook.com/budapestshowcasehub

https://www.instagram.com/budapestshowcasehub

 

EXIT festival reveals Life Stream events

Exit Festival

Galvanizing support for those hardest hit by the pandemic, the Life Stream Project brings together world-class acts who will perform at Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress, the home base of EXIT festival, for a million-strong online audience from September 3rd to 6th.

Music for a good cause: EXIT festival, in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, is launching the next step of Life Stream Project, in aid of the efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions who have lost their livelihoods to the pandemic and are falling deeper into hunger.

The pandemic is compounding problems and multiplying misery, especially for those on the front-lines of climate change battling frequent drought, storms and floods that strain food production, exacerbate hunger and push people deeper into poverty. It is set to push 270 million people into food insecurity before the end of 2020 – an 80 percent increase from 2019 – and the impact will be the harshest for those who were already suffering.

EXIT started as a youth movement for peace and freedom in Serbia and Balkans and social activism is still at the forefront of our activities. This year has been hard for all of us, but even in times like this, we must find the strength to do what we can to help those who are the most vulnerable” – said founder and CEO of EXIT Dušan Kovačević.

The Life Stream Project

Life stream has been launched last year together with the Green R:evolution as EXIT’s biggest environmental project to this day, in which the Government of Serbia committed to planting almost a billion trees increasing the country’s forestation rate up to 50%. The partnership with WFP broadens the scope of the project, highlighting two important causes, ending hunger and building resilience for communities in the face of climate change, that have become even more urgent in light of COVID-19.

Life Stream will be a four-day long festival, with performances broadcast from the legendary EXIT Dance Arena. The festival will feature the global and regional acts with videos drawing attention to the environment and the looming hunger crisis.

This year’s project is an introduction to a broader cooperation in 2021, which will mark two important anniversaries, 60 years of WFP and the 20th anniversary of the EXIT festival.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In 2019, WFP assisted nearly 100 million people in over 80 countries.

WFP not only provides food assistance to communities affected by climate-related disasters, but also helps them become more resilient to extreme weather events.

In light of the current situation, WFP has made an urgent appeal for USD 4.9 billion which will enable it to provide food assistance to as many as 138 million vulnerable people before the end of the year. This would also be the largest mobilization in the entire history of the organization.

ABOUT EXIT FESTIVAL

EXIT Festival was established in 2000 in University Park as a student movement for the fight for peace and freedom, both in Serbia and in the Balkans. Over the past 20 years, it has grown into one of the most eminent music festivals in the world. Social responsibility remains one of the key aspects of the Festival through the work of the EXIT Foundation, which focuses its social activism on youth development and peace promotion, creative industries, environmental protection, and destination branding.

Covid times call for urgent measures

United we stand! Nearly 40 pan-European music organizations join forces in an urgent call on EU institutions and Member States to prioritize music and culture in their investment response to the covid-19 crisis.

Music and culture have been especially hit by the global lockdown. Artists and music professionals are struggling, the livelihoods of thousands of people are at stake. With no end in sight, there is a need for targeted policies to support our sector. This open letter, signed by nearly 40 pan-European music organizations from across the spectrum, was sent yesterday to EU institutions and member states.

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last.

As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close, and new releases are put on hold, the entire creative value chain is stalling.

Artists and their management, performers, composers, songwriters, music educators, conductors, booking agents, record shops, labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, manufacturers, technicians, events managers and event staff count among the many actors of the ecosystem whose livelihoods are on the line.

These risks will persist, even after the public health emergency is solved. The stark reality is that profound harm will be felt long into 2021 due to how the music ecosystem operates.

In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity.

The undersigned music organizations urge Member States and the European Commission to take a stance and significantly increase the national and EU budgets dedicated to culture, and within that to music.

Secondly, under the EU Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, it is imperative that each Member State provides Europe’s creative sector with swift and comprehensive access to Structural Funds in order to offset the harm in the shorter term.

The full magnitude of the current turmoil will build for months and the number of casualties will be high. Even when the complete standstill ends, the crisis will continue due to hyper saturation of events and new releases and audiences will be unpredictable.

All this points to a slow recovery, with less job opportunities, less participation in music and less room for artistic risk-taking. Jobs and diversity are at stake.
At the same time, we see how important the cultural sectors are in promoting solidarity and in providing rallying points.

Within the confines of their homes, artists and DJs have been streaming their own live performances to fight isolation by engaging online communities. Drawing upon the example of Italy, citizens from across Europe gather on their balconies to play music and regain a shared sense of common purpose.

This reminds us that music is a vehicle to recreate a sense of community. In times of containment and pressure, music builds bridges between individuals and cultures irrespective of social, ethnic, cultural backgrounds.

Music and culture are essential to offer citizens the renewed social and cultural bond that Europe will sorely need.

As decision makers reflect on how to address the crisis, culture must be recognised as a priority sector.

The undersigned organisations:

  • AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
  • CIME/ICEM, International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music
  • DME, Digital Music Europe
  • ECA-EC, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  • ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • EFNYO, European Federation of National Youth Orchesta
  • EMC, European Music Council
  • EMCY, European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  • EMEE, European Music Exporters Exchange
  • EMMA, European Music Managers Alliance
  • EOFed, European Orchestra Federation
  • ETEP, European Talent Exchange Programme
  • Europavox
  • EJN, Europe Jazz Network
  • EVTA, European Voice Teachers Association
  • FIM, International Federation of Musicians
  • GESAC, the European Authors Societies
  • IAMIC, International Association of Music Information Centres
  • IAO, International Artist Organisation of Music
  • ICAS, International Cities of Advanced Sound
  • ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • ICSM, International Society for Contemporary Music
  • IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMMF, International Music Managers Forum
  • IMPF, Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • IMPALA, Independent music compagnies associations
  • INES, Innovation Network of European Showcases
  • JMI, Jeunesses Musicales International
  • JUMP, European Music Market Accelerator
  • Keychange
  • Live DMA, European network for music venues and festivals
  • Liveurope, the platform for new European Talent
  • Pearle*, Live Performance Europe
  • SHAPE, Sound Heterogenous Art and Performance in Europe
  • REMA, European Early Music Network
  • We are Europe
  • Yourope, the European festival Association

Source: Impala  https://impalamusic.org/

Stay Home, Stay HEMI!

With the pandemic raging, and a worldwide travel ban, all HEMI meetings had to adapt to the situation!

Working from home and communicating only via online platforms has become our new normal. Here is a snapshot from the latest trend: zoom meetings!

We always start with partners giving us information on the covid-19 crisis in their home country, and then we try to estimate the duration of this new reality, to see how we can get back to work!
There’s much to do, especially since the situation is dire for musicians and all the performance arts sector.
What will happen to European festivals, concerts, and conferences this summer?
Everything is uncertain at this point, but we have to be prepared.
The music industry needs all the support it can get!
Stay home, stay safe!

Presenting HEMI at MENT LJUBLJANA

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!