BAD FOCUS IS THE WINNER OF HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2023!

Τhe HEMI Music Awards (HMA) 2023 have reached the finish line and the cross-genre wunderkid from Czech Republic, Bad Focus, is the big winner!

Badfocus is an emerging project of a Prague-based producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Prokop Korb. Despite originally coming from a jazz background, he experiments with various genres such as electronica, classical music, hip-hop, or indie pop is an indie / art-rock band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

Τhis incredible journey for Bad Focus included mentoring sessionsnetworking events, online workshops, and live performances at many leading European Conferences, Showcase and Festivals such as Tallinn Music Week, Athens Music Week, EXIT and PIN Music Conference

On top of that he is 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. 

Stay tuned! HMA 2024 Open Call is just around the corner!

HEMI Music Awards 2023 finalists announced!

We are thrilled to announce the 9 exceptional artists coming from 9 countries of Central & Southeastern Europe!

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!

The finalists of HEMI Music Awards 2023, will have the opportunity to embark on a sonic adventure across Europe & get access to HMA2023 touring programme, collaborating with top booking managers and networking with fellow musicians from the 9 HEMI countries. Plus, they will be treated to a series of partner events that will elevate their career to the next level, while having the chance to win a total prize value of 2,000 Euros per nominee.

Meet the finalists:
1.badfocus/CZ
2.manna/EE
3.LIA HIDE/GR
4.Ficture/HU
5.Dina Jashari/MK
6.Klawo/PL
7.K not K/RO
8.MAiKA/RS
9.The Crossroads/Sl

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

HMA 2023 kickoff meeting with the 27 nominees!

For the 3rd consecutive year, the 10 European partners of the HEMI initiative met online with the 27 artists nominees of the first phase of the HEMI MUSIC AWARDS, this time all partners joined the meeting while in Athens for their annual physical meeting.

It is, as every year, a huge pleasure to discover all these emerging, super creative and talented artists from Central & Southeastern Europe.

Artists and representatives got informed about the HEMI Music Awards (HMA) timeline, the events and training activities. All HMA nominees will get access to online training covering major topics related to music business whilst enhancing skills and competencies they need towards the development of their international career.

For more information on 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.

 

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.