HEMI INCUBATOR OPEN CALL for music business professionals & entrepreneurs in CSEE.

Do you have a great idea for a music business or music business project in the early stages? Are you in search of international contacts, mentoring or business opportunities?

Applications deadline: 18th of February at 24:00 CET

#HEMIincubator

The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is proud to announce the final edition of HEMI Incubator, the first music business incubation programme in the region!

HEMI Incubator is a business development programme addressed to music entrepreneurs and companies from 9 countries in Central and Southeastern Europe: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.  HEMI Incubator provides a framework with hybrid and scalable training schemes to bring measurable results to music professionals and already established companies (entrepreneurs / SMEs / startups within the music sector). 

The Incubator programme: 

  • Stream 1: Professionals who have a business idea, want to create a new service, product or company related to the music industry and need support to turn it into a tangible product or service.
  • Stream 2: Music entrepreneurs who want to develop their existing products/ services and expand their businesses to new markets.

HEMI Incubator is developed by the HEMI initiative member organisations in collaboration with top industry experts and mentors and in partnership with some of the most active and results oriented music and tech organizations / associations in Europe such as the EIT Digital (EU), IMPALA (EU), Lift99 (EE),  Music Innovation Hub (IT) and Music Tech Europe (EU).

The selected projects will receive one-on-one mentoring, workshops on specialized business topics & soft skills, accreditations to HEMI partners’ music conferences and showcase festivals. They will also participate in networking events, pitching and matchmaking sessions with key industry players. Last but not least, 6 projects/companies will receive grant support to further develop their project (after the successful completion of the programme).

Who can apply?

  • Music entrepreneurs or companies, who offer a sustainable solution to the music sector 
  • Professionals who are about to create a new service, product or company related to the music sector 
  • Companies that are registered in one of the 9 HEMI countries – Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia. (Applies only for Stream 2).
  • Citizens of the 9 HEMI countries living anywhere in the European Union, UK and the EFTA countries.

The selection will be made by the beginning of March and the Incubator programme will be running from April – November 2024. 

Shape the future of the Music Industry! Apply here!

Reigo from Fairmus: HEMI Hub is the best way to level up with international connections between creative and innovative people all around Europe […] It has been surely one of the best accelerators for Fairmus and I strongly recommend taking part in this unique opportunity and applying to HEMI Hub 2024!” 

Kristjan from Scoremusic:It has been a great experience and privilege to be in HEMI Incubator for six months, to get the expertise of music industry professionals, to widen our network and to reach new customers. For me, it has also been very useful to get a side look at our product/service in a different context.” 

Aleksandra from SyncUp “Participating in the HEMI accelerator program marked a pivotal highlight in my entrepreneurial journey this year. It’s not just a program; it’s a vibrant, supportive network that has been instrumental in guiding me through the intricacies of turning my business idea into a tangible, actionable roadmap.”

Find more about the programme and apply here: https://hemimusichub.com/hemi-incubator-2024-3/\ 

 

ΗΕΜΙ Incubator Grant 2023 winners revealed!

We are super excited to announce the 6 selected projects & ideas for the HEMI Incubator grant support 2023.

After 6 productive months of training and networking, our grants committee has voted the 3 projects of the acceleration programme & and the 3 projects of the incubation programme with the highest potential of development within the music industry.

The winning projects enjoyed access to one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions from top European music industry professionals, as well as online and offline workshops and ptimized their ideas with new knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

18 HEMI Incubator experts and mentors supported the beneficiaries in the development of their innovative ideas, services and products.

The 6 winning ideas and projects of HEMI Incubator cover a great variety of topics 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 the 6 winners and find out more about their groundbreaking projects and ideas!

3 winners of the HEMI Acceleration stream

SyncUp

Representative: Aleksandra Denda

MixFlow

Representative: Martin Danchev

Provadika

Representative: Flora Tretsi

3 winners of the HEMI  Incubation stream:

Scoremusic OÜ

Representative: Kristjan Nõlvak

StageRider.io

Representative: Gergo Balazs-Farkas

Genius Jamtracks

Representative: Antonis Tsikandilakis

HEMI Incubator 2023 beneficiaries revealed!

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

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 Tallinn Music Week and 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 Incubator Open Call 2023 is on!

Do you have a great idea for a music business or project in the early stages? Are you in search of international contacts, mentoring or business opportunities?

Applications deadline: 22nd of March at 24:00 CET

#HEMIincubator

The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is proud to announce the second edition of HEMI Incubator, the first music business incubation & acceleration programme in the region!

HEMI Incubator is a business development programme addressed to music entrepreneurs and companies from 9 countries in Central and SouthEastern Europe: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.  

HEMI Incubator provides a framework with hybrid and scalable training schemes with the aim of bringing measurable results to music professionals and already established companies (entrepreneurs / SMEs / startups within the music sector). 

The training programme is divided in two streams: 

1 > The 5 month Acceleration Programme, running from April to September 2023, addressed to music professionals who have a business idea, want to create a new service, product or company related to the music industry and need support to turn it into a tangible product or service.

2 > The 6 month Incubation Programme, running from April to October 2023, addressed to music entrepreneurs and business professionals who want to develop their existing products/ services and expand their businesses to new markets.

HEMI Incubator is developed by the HEMI initiative member organisations in collaboration with top industry experts and mentors and in partnership with some of the most active and results oriented music and tech organizations / associations in Europe such as the Found.Ation (GR), IMPALA (EU), Lift99 (EE),  Music Innovation Hub (IT) and Music Tech Europe (EU).

The selected projects, start-ups and SMEs, will receive one-on-one mentoring, workshops on specialized business topics & soft skills, accreditations to HEMI partners’ music conferences and showcase festivals. They will also participate in networking events, pitching and matchmaking sessions with key industry players. Last but not least, 6 projects/companies will receive grant support to further develop their project (after successful completion of the programme).

Who can apply?

  • Music business professionals, self-employed or small and medium-sized  companies (e.g. management / booking / comms / marketing agencies / licensing / publishing / copyright companies / live / recording / production sector, etc.) 
  • Business professionals who offer a sustainable solution to the music sector (e.g. SaaS, blockchain, AR, AI, ticketing, entertainment attorney/accountant, etc.)
  • Entrepreneurs who are about to create a new service, product or company related to the music sector 
  • Companies that are registered in one of the 9 HEMI countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) 
  • Citizens of the 9 HEMI countries living anywhere in the European Union, UK and the EFTA countries.

Shape the future of the Music Industry!

Find more about the programme and apply here: HEMI Incubator 2023

  

ΗΕΜΙ Incubator Grant 2022 winners revealed!

We are thrilled to announce the 6 selected projects  & ideas for the HEMI Incubator grant support 2022.

After 6 productive months of training and networking, our grants committee has voted the 3 projects of the acceleration programme & and the 3 projects of the incubation programme with the highest potential of development within the music industry.

The winning projects enjoyed access to one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions from top European music industry professionals, as well as online and offline workshops and optimised their ideas with new knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

18 HEMI Incubator experts and mentors supported the beneficiaries in the development of their innovative ideas, services and products.

The 6 winning 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 the 6 winners and find out more about their groundbreaking projects and ideas!

3 winners of the HEMI Acceleration stream:

INDIY
Representative: Christopher Hocking

ΜΥΜ.ΕΕ
Representative: Merylin Poks

Μood: Music of our desire
Representative: Dimitris Komninos


3 winners of the HEMI  Incubation stream:

Fairmus Technologies
Representative: Reigo Ahven

Come Together 
Representative: Stathis Mitskas

Tier Music Publishing
Representative: Thea Zaitsev

Meet the winners here

Music Professionals, experts and startups from HEMI Incubator join Linecheck festival 2022.

Linecheck – Music Meeting and Festival is back in it’s 8th edition. The landmark event for all the people involved in the music and cultural creative industries, happens 22-26 November in its Milan headquarter BASE, cultural and creative centre in the heart of Milan’s Tortona area.

This year, the music-tech and startup area Linecheck X will be redesigned to welcome young and promising start ups to be presented to all delegates, among them, you will spot HEMI music  projects & mentors participating in matchmaking sessions,  one-to-one meetings with record labels, booking agents, live promoters, publishers and other professionals working in the sector.

More specifically, at this year’s Linecheck you will spot HEMI acceleratees & incubatees  like BaBash GateMeCometogetherPLX VRSpoudaia Events, Stageball, Tier Music PublishingFairmus TechnologiesBETAFESTIndiyArt-Synergy, Mood: Music of our desireStage Rider & Suburbia  together with more 15 HEMI experts

About Linecheck

Acting as a catalyst for change in the music ecosystem, at its eighth edition, the Milan based event has grown to become one of Europe’s best new music economy conferences. The music meeting and festival is a celebration of talent, creativity and new ideas. Offering three packed days, with a program that showcases international diversity across over 60 events, including panels, workshops the day, with over 250 industry speakers and with a genre-blurring mix of over 30 artists from different countries showcasing throughout the night. Linecheck is the ultimate meeting place between professionals and enthusiasts of not just the music sector, but an incubator for dialogues between music, creative, technology and cultural industries, bridging the gaps between Italy, other European countries, the UK and the rest of the world.

The main theme of this eighth edition of the music conference will be #INEXILE, chosen to explore territorial absence, the detachment from metropolitan or local spaces, but also the inability to exercise freedom of movement towards new homelands. For music artists and the overall music ecosystem, exploration is a necessity. Physical spaces are important because they are important sites of cultural production. One doesn’t need to be physically removed from the homeland in order to be exiled. Exile can take place in different cultural spaces, especially through processes like colonisation and modernization.

#INEXILE will resonate across the music meetings, and Linecheck’s conference main topics: the main theme Beyond Boundaries will explore territorial borders and Europeanisation, as well as cross-sectoriality, proposing innovation as a way to overcome territorial, mental and technological boundaries. Creators’ Rights will focus on creators’ rights in all its forms, from Sync in advertising, film and tv, metaverse and web3 to creators’ economies, brand activations, metadata done right and the rise of online radio and podcasts. Shared Experiences will explore sustainable events and Green Deal, innovative ways of festivals and tour promotion, NFT and Blockchain in the events industry, Music Cities. Back will also be Linecheck’s Matchmaking Sessions, which will connect international delegates to Italian industry experts covering different sectors of the industry through sessions such as Meet The Managers, Meet Label, Distribution & PR and Meet Promoters, Clubs and Festivals.

Linecheck is produced by Music Innovation Hub, the first social enterprise in Italy dedicated to music,
and is being co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture as a platform for generational renewal of
the Italian music industry.

FROM 22 TO 26 NOVEMBER 2022 – BASE MILANO 

The ReConnect conference returns to Brno!

Next week, the ReConnect conference returns to Brno’s Fléda, bringing together music managers, booking agents and club representatives for three days. The event, financially supported by the city of Brno and HEMI, will offer discussion panels, workshops, as well as the opportunity to share know-how with music professionals from abroad. 

In-between the diverse actions, HEMI Incubator Sessions will take place, initiating discussions and providing tips on music promotion and sustainable practices to participants of the HEMI network.

The main part of the conference will take place on Friday 30 September at Fléda. This time SoundCzech has invited many music professionals from abroad to the conference. For example, they will present the European club scene on a panel. A large number of foreign guests will also take part in speedmeetings. On the other hand, one of the topics will be the status of the artist and the National Recovery Plan program. The detailed themes in focus follow:

  • 1000Cams – When your fans could be your video makers
  • Trick the ear – New approaches to augmenting music both in virtual and physical spaces
  • Futurobi – How to make healthy music environment

Workshops on TikTok or for emerging artists

Friday’s program will  offer workshops, such as how to use TikTok to promote your own music project, led by Miloš Blaháček from Digiton Agency. 

“But there will be more on the programme, we will also have an interactive workshop for aspiring managers and bands. We will discuss when it makes sense to start going abroad, but also how to actually define the amount of your fee,” explains Radek Pavlovič on behalf of SoundCzech. “The full programme can be found at www.reconnectbrno.com,” adds Pavlovič.

Club night part of the conference

The first ever club night in Brno called Batch will be part of the ReConnect conference. The unique project will connect thirteen Brno clubs for two days, with more than 60 concerts by Czech and international artists. Details can be found at https://bach.events/. 

The ReConnect conference is jointly organised by the SoundCzech music agency, the Music Managers Forum Czech Republic and BACH (Brno Association of Club Music). The event is financially supported by the City of Brno and the HEMI Project.

 

RECONNECT: 

  1. 9 – 1. 10. 2022

Fléda – BRNO, CZ

www.reconnectbrno.com 



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.

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