Nominees Announced for HEMI Music Awards 2023!

HEMI is thrilled to reveal the 27 nominees of the third HEMI Music Awards edition. 

From a total of 280 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 2023 earning activities that will help them evolve their capacity to access new markets.

Participants will get access to online meetings and lectures 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 activities and the opportunity to network and perform live at selected HEMI Partners events until the third and last phase of the awards where the winner will get international exposure as well as all costs to travel, participate and perform live at 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 above all, provide a life-time experience!

Discover the HMA 2023 Nominees

Czech Republic
Badfocus
The Silver Spoons
TooT Ensemble

Estonia
Manna
Minimal Wind
OOPUS

Greece
MOBVIBE
LIA HIDE
VASSIŁINA

Hungary
Del.grady
Ficture
Stone Sober

North Macedonia
Dina Jashari
Perija
Yon Idy

Poland
Francis Tuan
Fryderyk HD
Klawo

Romania
Catalina Cara
K not K
ROADKILLSODA

Serbia
Ljubičice
MAiKA
Nataleé

Slovenia
Birds of Unknown
Dora Tomori
The Crossroads



Open Call for Artists 2023

Are you a solo artist or a band? Feelin’ export-ready? Apply now at HEMI Music Awards (HMA) and get the chance to break through in Europe and beyond!

The annual awards are designed to accelerate the international careers of upcoming European acts through a training program, networking events and live touring in leading showcase festivals around Europe.

27 artists and bands from 9 European countries from Central and Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) will be selected for the 1st phase of HMA 2023, while 9 finalists will pass to the 2nd phase of the Awards getting the opportunity for personalized support by international music industry experts, together with promo support and live touring among 10 leading festival and Showcase Conferences of the region:

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

The winner will be selected according to the evaluation activities and number of bookings achieved in the second phase of HMA and on top of training programme and networking activities will be honored with a total prize value of € 5,000 to cover content and promotional costs as well as all expenses for a gig in a major European Music Festival!

All nominees at each phase as well as the award winner are selected by an independent international Jury of 27 members including Industry experts, festival organisers, promoters, export offices, venue managers and music journalists from the 9 countries participating in the Awards.

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 8th of January 2023 at 23.59 CET. Competition is open to any music genre and admission is free. 

Learn more about the process here

All it takes is to fill in the application form here



HEMI Music Awards 2022 winners announced at PIN Music Conference!

The HEMI Music Awards (HMA) 2022 have reached the finish line and the art-rockers from Romania, Zimbru, are the big winners!

The announcement of the HMA 2022 winner took place at PIN Music Conference on 25 November at HEMI Dinner in MKC (Youth Cultural Center) where Zimbru received the “cup” and were the first act to open the Showcase evening at the Dancing Hall ’25 May’ in MKC .

Zimbru is an indie / art-rock band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Their sound can be described as a wild mix of raspy synthesizers, angular guitar riffs, and lively percussion all topped off by stories of dancing, lost pets, real love, and nostalgia for never experienced past decades.   

After a fruitful year of collaboration through 32 mentoring sessions, networking events, 9 online workshops, and live performances at 9 leading European Conferences, Showcase and Festivals such as MENT, Tallinn Music Week, Athens Music Week, EXIT, Mastering The Music Business, Reconnect, Budapest Showcase Hub, Tak Brzmi Miasto and PIN Music Conference, Zimbru are getting ready to perform at the Eurosonic Festival (ESNS) on January 2023! 

On top of that they are also honored with a total prize value of € 5,000. The nature of the HMA Prize affirms a shared commitment to helping emerging artists to break through in Europe and beyond.

The annual awards are designed to accelerate the international careers of upcoming European acts through a training program, networking events and live touring in leading showcase festivals around Europe.

Each year, 27 outstanding nominated artists from 9 European countries from Central and Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) are eligible for HEMI Music Awards. All nominees in each phase as well as the award winner are selected by an independent international Jury of 27 members including Industry experts, festival organisers, promoters, export offices, venue managers and music journalists from the 9 countries participating in the Awards.

But HMA is not only for the winner. All nominees are offered the opportunity to attend training sessions to develop their skills as well as networking events to be prepared for an international career, while the 9 HMA finalists are on top of that offered access to HMA touring programme, a total prize value of € 2,000 per nominee. 

Moreover,  by getting nominated in HEMI Music Awards, artists increase their visibility and boost their bookings such as AΙΚΟ (CZ), Danai Nielsen (GR), KOIKOI (RS), Pantaloons (SI) and Vera Vice (EE) who are among HMA artists to perform at ESNS 2023!

Stay tuned! HMA 2023 Open Call is just around the corner!



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!

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

Aiko

Bratři

Giudi

 

Estonia

Holy Motors

The Boondocks

Vera Vice

 

Greece

Capétte

Danai Nielsen

Whereswilder

 

Hungary

Flanger Kids

TÖRZS 

Дeva

 

North Macedonia

Dina Jashari 

Lufthansa

Zulu 3.4 

 

Poland

Alfah Femmes

Fraktale

IFI UDE

 

Romania

Am Fost La Munte Și Mi-a Plăcut

Baba Dochia

Zimbru

 

Serbia

KOIKOI

Sana Garić

Vizelj 

 

Slovenia

Lelee

Pantaloons

Sahareya

 

The HEMI Music Awards 2021 have reached the finish line!

The international Jury of 27 members including Industry experts, festival organisers, promoters, export offices, venue managers and music journalists from the 9 countries participating in the Awards: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia has left the courtroom!

After 6 fruitful months of collaboration, meetings and networking sessions, 6 enlightening workshops, 9 amazing showcase events and 49 successful mentoring sessions, the time for the big announcement has come.

A total prize value of € 6,000 per winner will cover the costs for content creation, promo campaigns, participation to selected music conferences, and all expenses for touring to international festivals and showcase events!

Let’ s take a minute to appreciate all the artists and managers, for their commitment, punctuality, and collaborative spirit. We couldn’t have pulled this off without you!

 

Hats off tο:

 

 

Deaf Radio (GR)

 

Deaf Radio is a desert/alternative rock band formed in Athens, Greece, in 2015. Their debut album, “Alarm”, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. As chief proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault, the band has been hailed as one of the most exciting alt-rock bands to emerge from Greece in recent memory.

 

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zElZNkAEn-U

Find out more: https://hemimusichub.com/artist/deaf-radio-gr/

 

 

I Wear* Experiment (EE)

I Wear* Experiment is a punchy Nordic electropop trio leaning towards experimentation and cinematic soundscapes. The trio creates edgy big banger beats with a touch of Florence and The Machine like graceful vocals. The band has toured Europe & Asia playing club gigs and festivals like Monsoon Festival (Vietnam), Zandari Festa (Korea), Music Matters (Singapore), Positivus Festival (Latvia), Intsikurmu Festival (Estonia).

 

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPc9kz7aYCw

Find out more: https://hemimusichub.com/artist/deaf-radio-gr/

 

 

 

Koala Voice (SI)

Koala Voice are a Slovenian, indie rock, disco punk band formed in 2010. With their energetic stage performances, they have been, from the very beginning, attracting both younger and older audiences. In 2017 they opened the show for Pixies and happily checked that of their bucket list. The band appeared at several major music festivals such as: Pohoda, Inmusic, Exit, Liverpool Soundcity, Eurosonic and Ment.

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JANVTC5RRpM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more: https://hemimusichub.com/artist/deaf-radio-gr/

The future looks brighter than the sun. Can’t wait to watch them take their next steps and spread their wings and fly over the HEMIsphere and beyond! Stay tuned for the sequel!

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

HEMI is a project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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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