HEMI Incubator kick off event at Athens Music Week!

HEMI Incubator, the first music business incubation and acceleration programme in the region, joins AMW 2022 Conference for it’s kickoff event.

A delegation of music entrepreneurs from 9 European countries representing 30 exceptional startups and music related projects, will have the opportunity to meet their mentors and music experts.

Including a great variety of topics faced within the music sector, the 30 companies and projects are providing innovative solutions to foster social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving industry where art, science, and business converge.

Meet the music entrepreneurs in the AMW Pro Area and contact them to explore new possibilities for your music business!

Attendance by invitation only.

HEMI goes to MENT Ljubljana 2022!

MENT returns to its traditional three-day format with an international conference, which regularly attracts hundreds of professionals from all over Europe and HEMI partners are joining panel-discussions and networking meetings.

We will talk about the music industry recovery after the pandemic, we will map the Showcase Festivals in the Western Balkans and we will meet the International Festivals. 

More specific:

What Have We Learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic?  

Wednesday 8 June at 17.30

The music sector was the first to close its doors during the Covid-19 pandemic and will be among the last to recover from the consequences. During this uncertain period, several civic initiatives in Slovenia came together and addressed requests to the decision-makers to rescue and recover the sector. How did the music sector react and what was the response of decision-makers to the joint demands of the sector? Will civic initiatives continue their effort and work together to address a number of issues and problems that have plagued the music sector since before? How will they react when faced with similar situations in the future?

Moderator: Peter Baroš (SIGIC, SI)


Andrej Sevšek (#MiDelamoDogodke, Punk Rock Holiday, SI),

Mitja Prezelj (GIZ KOS, NOMAD, SI)

Tinkara Kovač (glasbenica, Sindikat glasbenikov Slovenije, SI)

Pavla Jarc (Mreža Kulturnih domov KUDUS, Kulturni dom Nova Gorica, SI)

The debate will be held in Slovene. 


Mapping Showcase Festivals in the Western Balkans 

Thursday 9 June at 14:00 EET

In the last few years, many new showcase festivals and music conferences have appeared in the former Yugoslav countries – from Sarajevo and Belgrade to Pristina and Skopje. Consequently, we want to check first hand what their missions are, what they have in focus, who is their target audience, what are their specifics and differences, and also which one best suits your band or project. 


Lucija Ivšić (Cereal Booking, AU/HR)


Login Kochishki (Password Productions, PIN conference, MK) 

Vaštag Vendel (INDIREKT showcase Belgrade, RS)

Mersel Bujak (Bam C, BA)

Kushtrim Dushi (Prishtina Music Conference, KO)

Jovana Coka Stanković (Kontakt Konferencija, RS)


Speed networking – Meet the International Festivals

Friday 10 June at 12:00 EET

MENT offers you a great opportunity to meet and present your work to some of the most renowned European music festivals – from Spain to the Netherlands, from Poland to the Balkans. Do not miss your chance and make some new useful contacts.


Andrea “Kudd” Cussotto & Diego Indovino (Jazz:Re:found Festival, IT) 

Ante Piacun & Sara Ercegović (Tam Tam Festival, HR)

Dino Grgurić (Velvet Festival, HR)

Jesus Guisado (Monkey Week (ES) 

Marian Tesak (Flaam Festival, SK) 

Michał Wójcik (Tak Brzmi Miasto, PL) 

Nikola Nikolov (Wrong Festival, BG) 

Ognen Stojanoski (PIN Conference / Taksirat / D Fest, MK)

Oskar Štrajn (ESNS, NL)

Tatiana Lehocka (Sharpe Festival, SK) 

Vladimir Vodalov (Exit Festival, RS) 

Closed session. Pre-registration is needed to participate.  

HEMI Incubator 2022 beneficiaries revealed!

We are thrilled to announce the 30 in total selected projects and ideas of the first cycle of HEMI Incubator. After a careful screening of all applications received, the selection committee, composed of all HEMI board members and jury members , has selected the most promising ideas and projects to be developed together with renowned mentors and Industry experts.

The 30 beneficiaries of HEMI Incubator were officially announced during Tallinn Music Week, at the meet & greet event, where participants, mentors and HEMI partners came together for the first time in a hybrid event.

The 20 acceleratees and the 10 incubatees will have access to one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions from top European music industry professionals, as well as online and offline workshops to deepen their knowledge and develop further their entrepreneurial skills. Moreover, participants will have access to networking events and pitching sessions starting from Athens Music Week as well as the opportunity to get in contact with numerous networks, music conferences and showcase festivals of the HEMI network.

The 18 HEMI Incubator experts and mentors will accompany the 30 selected beneficiaries in the development of their innovative ideas, services and products. A network of vetted music professionals who have experienced the ups and downs of working in one of the most competitive industries, and are willing to share their experience! They will pin-point strengths and weaknesses, give feedback, suggest directions and introduce them to relevant key industry players to develop synergies.

At the end of the programme, 3 innovative ideas with the highest potential of development and 3 projects/companies with the greatest potential to impact the future of the music industry will gain a support grant to help them develop their projects and widen their networks.

The 30 selected ideas and projects of HEMI Incubator cover a great variety of topics faced within the music sector, providing innovative solutions to foster social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving industry where art, science, and business converge.

Meet our 20 acceleratees and 10 incubatees and find out more about their groundbreaking projects and ideas!

HEMI incubatees and acceleratees just announced at Tallinn Music Week!

The 30 beneficiaries of HEMI Incubator were officially announced during Tallinn Music Week, at the meet & greet event, where participants, mentors and HEMI partners came together for the first time in a hybrid event.

The 30 selected ideas and projects of HEMI Incubator cover a great variety of topics faced within the music sector, providing innovative solutions to foster social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving industry where art, science, and business converge.

Lοoking forward for the entrepreneurial journey τo begin!


HEMI panel at Tallinn Music Week!

After a very long time, we were so excited to be back to our belove music conference and festival in Tallin, Estonia!
Don’t miss our HEMI panel on Friday 6 May | 12:15 – 13:15
HEMI Guide to Central & Eastern European Music Markets

In the post-pandemic and politically insane world, it is more important than ever to learn about all the possibilities the different European music markets can offer and focus on regional cooperations to gain from the diversity of European music industry. The HEMI project has brought together organisatsions and festivals from 9 countries from the CSEE region and in this panel, we will have a closer look at the following music markets: Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Poland.

Is it still the Wild East of Europe or are these countries hidden pearls of the continent? What are the key entry points and what should an artist know when approaching these markets?

Come and find out more about these music markets, learn about the festivals leading the development of the regional music industry and meet the key people of the region. The panel will be followed by a networking session with the panelists over a coffee table in the conference centre lobby.

The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is a European initiative aiming to support Artists and Music Professionals from Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE). Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, our vision is to trademark Central and South Eastern European Music Creativity.


Georges Perot, Founder & Managing Director at Meso Events

Iulia Pop, Co-Founder of Overground Music

Peter Baroš, Secretary General of SIGIC & Music Slovenia

Andraž Kajzer, Artistic Director of MENT Ljubljana 

Márton Náray, Head of office of SoundCzech

Wioletta Brzęcka, Music Specialist at Krakow Festival Office

Moderator: Jaanika Lillemaa, Head of International Projects at Music Estonia

HEMI Music Awards 2022 finalists announced!

We are thrilled to announce the 9 finalists for the HEMI Music Awards (HMA) 2022!

Coming from 9 countries of Central & Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia), these 9 HMA 2022 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!

Moreover, they will get access to HMA touring programme including collaborations with booking managers around Europe, networking activities in the 9 HEMI partner events as well as a total prize of 2,000 Euros per nominee!

We are proud to introduce 9 exceptional European artists from a wide musical range such as the dreamy tunes and the energetic performance of Aiko from the Czech Republic, the neo-psychedelic sounds and old-school melodies of the Greek rockers Whereswilder, the open-road anthems of the Estonians Holy Motors, the ancient shamanic voice blended with smooth electronica of the Hungarians Deva, the electronic style of Slovenians Pantaloons mixed with a hint of jazz, funk, breakbeat, dubstep, the indie style of the Polish Alfah Femmes who take their sound from art-pop to synth pop, the unique fusion jazz sound of the Macedonians Zulu 3.4, the wild mix of raspy synthesizers, angular guitar riffs, and lively percussion of the Romanians Zimbru and the unorthodox pop of the Serbians KOIKOI.

Discover all the beautiful and diverse sounds from our HEMIsphere here!

Watch HEMI Incubator panel-discussion!

Tune in on our panel-discussion and find out all the inside info for HEMI Incubator, a new program that aims to offer tools, guidance and the network to high potential startups/SMEs and entrepreneurs who have a business idea / project related to the Music Industry.
Panel speakers:
➤ Jaanika Lillemaa (HEMI Partner / Head of international projects at Music Estonia)
➤ Dorina Stamou (Research & Innovation Programmes Strategist at
➤ Liis Linn (Communications Manager at Startup Wise Guys)
Dino Lupelli (General Manager at Music Innovation Hub)
ΗΕΜΙ Incubator Associate Partners:
Found.Ation (GR), Impala – Independent Music Companies Association (EU), Music Tech Europe (EU), Music Innovation Hub (IT), Startup Wise Guys (EE)

HEMI Incubator is on!

For some time now HEMI is working behind the scenes to present to you the first #musicbusiness incubation & acceleration program in Central & Southeastern Europe. We could never imagine in our last innovation meeting the dark times we are experiencing these days. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and with our fellows who oppose the war, trying to find ways to support them from our own position.

Music has the power to unite!

HEMI Incubator offers the tools, guidance, expertise and the network to enhance music business professionals and entrepreneurs, in Central & Southeastern Europe (CSEE), develop their products, services and ideas. You will gain a deeper understanding of the ever-changing international music sector, the opportunity to connect with key industry players as well as support grants for 6 projects/companies!

HEMI Incubator is a new hybrid training scheme that is divided in 2 streams: 

  1. The 3-month Acceleration Programme addressed to 20 entrepreneurs who have a business idea / project and need support to transform it into tangible products or services related to the Music Industry.
  2. The 6-month Incubation Programme addressed to 10 high potential startups/SMEs that offer sustainable solutions to the music sector and need to foster their growth. 

Meet HEMI Incubator top industry experts & mentors here!

 Find out more & apply here!

🔵 ΗΕΜΙ Incubator Associate Partners:
Found.Ation (GR), IMPALA Independent Music Companies Association (EU), Music Tech Europe (EU), Music Innovation Hub (IT), Startup Wise Guys (EE)

🔵 HEMI partners:
Technopolis City of Athens | SoundCzech | Music Estonia | Tallinn Music Week | Athens Music Week | Majdnem Híres Rocksuli – Almost Famous Music Business School | Password Production | Taksirat Festival | KBF | Wianki w Krakowie | Tak Brzmi Miasto | Mastering the Music Business | Exit Festival | Sigic | MENT Ljubljana | Budapest Showcase Hub

Kickoff meeting with the 27 nominees of the HMA 2022! (Video)

HEMI partners met online with the 27 artists nominees of the first phase of the HEMI MUSIC AWARDS.  We were all very excited and it is always a pleasure to discover all these passionate, creative and skilled artists from Central & Southeastern Europe!

Artists and representatives met for the first time with the people behind HEMI, they got informed about the HEMI Awards events and got tips about HEMI markets. 

All HMA nominees will get access to online trainings covering major topic related to music business. The objective is to help them identify skills and competencies they need towards the development of their international career.

We look forward to meeting them again in our next sessions!

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 27 Nominees

Watch the kick-off meeting:

Nominees Announced for HEMI Music Awards 2022!

HEMI is thrilled to reveal the 27 nominees of the second HEMI Music Awards edition!

From a total of 325 exceptional European artists, representing a broad musical spectrum, 27 of them were selected from an international jury of experts to join our HEMIsphere!

The 27 artists and bands coming from 9 countries of Central & Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) will be participating in the initial phase of HMA 2022 earning activities that will help them evaluate their capacity to access new markets!

Participants will get access to online meetings, presentations and webinars to enhance their knowledge about Live Music Sector challenges, will earn accreditations to attend leading European showcase festivals and conferences as well as get international media coverage.

However, only nine (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 the awards where the winner will get international exposure by participating in a major European Music Festival earning promo support and opportunities to boost their career up to the next level!

The HEMI Music Awards activities combine theory, practice and most of all, provide a life-time experience!

Discover the HMA 2022 Nominees:


Czech Republic






Holy Motors

The Boondocks

Vera Vice




Danai Nielsen




Flanger Kids




North Macedonia

Dina Jashari 


Zulu 3.4 



Alfah Femmes





Am Fost La Munte Și Mi-a Plăcut

Baba Dochia





Sana Garić