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 @ ESNS 2022 – FRI 21 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 13:30 – 14:30

Panel-Discussion: From the Baltic to the Balkans – United Toward a Balanced and Competitive European Music Sector.

Various differences must be taken into account when adopting development strategies from matured music markets to the music region of Eastern Europe. 

To start from a demographic point of view, the audience is significantly smaller and younger, has a lower income and is less adapted to new technologies. On the other hand, local labels and publishers do not see many business opportunities to invest in local music. Music scenes consist of freelancers and micro-enterprises that remain self-managed and try to survive with various economic activities, which are oftentimes not related to music services, and the lack of structures makes it difficult to measure the statistics of the music sector’s impact with the help of which it could play a more significant role in the eyes of policy-makers. 

As an answer to the challenge to establish a sustainable, diverse and competitive European music sector as a whole and also to answer the challenges and opportunities for the development of the regional music markets, HEMI – The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation has emerged with a clear purpose: to benchmark Central, Eastern and Southeastern European music professionals through innovative transversal and holistic approaches.


PETER BAROS |Slovenian Music Information Centre

AVE TÖLPT | Music Estonia

MÁRTON NÁRAY | Arts Theatre Institute – SoundCzech



CHRIS ECKMAN Glitterbeat Records


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HEMI Music Awards 2022 – Open Call for Artists! Applications deadline: 23 January 2022

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 the borders!

Be one of the 27 artists who will be selected from Central & South-eastern Europe for the first phase of the HEMI Music Awards and earn training sessions and networking activities in order to discover new music markets!

Nine (9) of you will pass to the second phase of HMA where you will have the opportunity for personalized support by international music industry experts, together with promo support and live touring among 10 leading music conferences and festivals such as:


And the HMA 2022 winner will be…

The one who will be selected according to the evaluation activities and number of bookings achieved in the second phase of HEMI Music Awards.

And the HMA 2022 prize is…

5.000 euros to cover content and promotional costs as well as all expenses for a super gig in major European Music Festival!

The selection in all three phases 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 the publicity by 18 media partners from the 9 HEMI countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) of the Central and South-eastern Europe (CSEE).

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 23th of January 2021 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 here!




PIN Music Conference & Showcase: 25-27 November, Skopje, N. Macedonia

As a part of the renowned Taksirat Festival, PIN Music Conference announces its 8th edition from the 25th to the 27th of November at Scopje, North Macedonia.

This year’s conference and showcase will take place at several locations around the capital of North Macedonia, from 25th to 27th November 2021. During these days PIN will once again transform the city of Skopje into the creative center for hundreds of music promoters, producers, managers, enthusiasts, creatives, and everyone else who is involved in the realm of the music industry. Being one of the very few music conferences in the region of former Yugoslavia, PIN aims to deliver a fertile soil for exchange and connection between the regional and European experiences in the music world, fostering collaborations and cultural projects.

Three days with more than 30 showcase performances, 100 music artists, 200 speakers and delegates coming from the biggest events and stakeholders in the music industry in Europe and especially the Southeast region, are completing the full programme for PIN 2021.
PIN’s delegates will discuss the current situation and hottest trends in the music industry with a focus on joining the forces and discovering fresh ideas for the latest challenges on the scene.

Check out the full concert program here: https://pinconference.mk/programme/

Click here to check the full conference schedule: https://pinconference.mk/panels/