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 2023 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:
5.Dina Jashari/MK
7.K not K/RO
9.The Crossroads/Sl

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

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
The Silver Spoons
TooT Ensemble

Minimal Wind


Stone Sober

North Macedonia
Dina Jashari
Yon Idy

Francis Tuan
Fryderyk HD

Catalina Cara
K not K


Birds of Unknown
Dora Tomori
The Crossroads

HEMI partners & artists gear up for new happenings at PIN Music Conference in Skopje!

HEMI partners  & artists will check in at this year’s PIN Music Conference & Showcase!

The programme for PIN 2022 is now announced with a rich agenda, including a series of HEMI activities and sessions.

Among 30 music performers from all around Europe, 6 HMA artists, some of whom have been nominated in Hemi Music Awards 2022 and 2021: AIKO (CZ),  Deva (HU)KOIKOI (RS)Pantaloons (SI)Puuluup (EE), Zimbru (RO),  Lufthansa (MK), LeLee (SL)
Zulu 3.4 will also be part of PIN at the Listening Session on 26.11 at MKC and Damjan Danevski from the group will be part of the panel Creativity vs. Bureaucracy.

Meanwhile, among 200 delegates, a number of HEMI delegates will be joining the discussions, share experiences and deepen the knowledge for current, innovative and influential subjects in the music industry, namely Tomek Bysiewicz (Tak Brzm Miasto), Georges Perot (Athens Music Week), Michal Wojcik (Tak Brzm Miasto), Wioletta Brzecka (KBF) and Primoz Kristian (Sigic).

Georges Perot & Michal Wojcik will join the panels on  Creativity Vs Bureaucracy and The Modern Family .

During this packed programme, the HMA 2022 winner will be announced and open the showcase of the evening on 25th of November.


About PIN Music Conference & Showcase

The Macedonian PIN Music Conference & Showcase has been adorned with a meaningful prize in England, awarded by the leading European festival for new music “The Great Escape”. With this huge recognition, we are honored to announce that PIN conference is the current winner in the category for “Best New Event” at the Yearly Music Convention Awards (YMCA) which were presented at the famous “Great Escape” in Brighton. “PIN is a very well-organized event with a good quality of acts in a great venue in a really nice city. The strong regional/international component at PIN is also a major plus”, stated on this occasion Martin Elbourne, the creative director and co-founder of “The Great Escape”, who had been one of the delegates at previous editions of the conference.

Given this title, the new edition of PIN becomes a celebratory edition and will be held from the 24th until the 26th of November at the Youth Cultural Center in Skopje. 

PIN is the first and still the only international music conference in Macedonia which began to write its story in 2012 and, as a regular part of the TAKSIRAT festival programme, grew into the most significant event on the Balkan region of its kind and now it’s officially recognized by the leading stakeholders of the European music industry. The concept of this event includes an exceptionally rich three-day programme that’s divided in daily panel-programmes (conferences) and evening music programmes (showcase). With this kind of concept, in one place PIN unites all the stakeholders, professionals and music/music industry lovers, experts, artists, performers, journalists, cultural actors, promoters, managers, agents…

Find out more: https://pinconference.mk

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.


HEMI presents #NoSleepConference : The Art of Building an Artist’s Career!

HEMI panel on #NoSleepConference is bringing for you HEMI Music Awards semi-finalist Vizelj band together with Indira Paganotto , Dj Jock and others!
About No Sleep Festival & Conference 

The music programme of the upcoming No Sleep Festival, led by Amelie Lens, Reinier Zonneveld, Indira Paganotto, Partiboi69, and dozens of others, has just been complemented by the traditional No Sleep conference, which will bring the most current topics from the world of music to the Marsh Open Space (Cetinjska 15) on 11th and 12th of November, through specialised music workshops and educational conference content. The panellists will include Indira Paganotto, DJ Jock, Dejan Milićević, Dragan Ambrozić, and a number of music agents and managers. The conference starts at 3 p.m. on both days, admission is free and open to all interested parties, and the complete programme and schedule will be published on the No Sleep Festival website.

The conference starts on 11th of November with No Sleep Talks: Step into the Record Label Business, focusing on the ins and outs of starting one’s own label. Dejan Milićević, the founder of the label Tit0 (Tit Zero) Recordings, and Miloš Ivanović, representing Midget Unit Records, will share their experiences with defining, developing, and positioning a publishing house on the market, as well as copyright and music distribution.

The topic of the panel Festivals in 2023: Turning Challenges into Opportunities will be the impact of the global crisis on organising festivals and music events. Festival and concert organisers are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, and this crisis is deepened by the inflation, which reflects in the multi-fold increase in event production costs in Europe and the world. Music critic and programme editor at Dom Omladine Dragan Ambrozić, CEO of Lovefest Zlatana Pavlović, regional PR manager of the Croatian festival Sonus and We Love Sound event Lana Borić, and Rastko Andrić in front of EXIT, Sea Star and Sea Dance Festival will discuss these hot topics. 

The second day of the conference, 12th of November, is reserved for Jock’s Classroom: Music Production Masterclass, where famous Split producer and DJ Jock will share his tips and tricks on music production. For over a decade, Jock has stood out as an internationally acclaimed, multiple-award-winning producer and DJ from the region, with releases for leading labels, such as Carl Cox’s Intec.

This year’s No Sleep conference will close with the HEMI Panel The Art of Building an Artist’s Career. HEMI Project is supported by the Creative Europe programme, and the panel will feature producer/DJ Indira Paganotto, her manager and agent Alessandro Avanzato from the Beatside Bookings AgencyDJ Jock, frontman of the band Vizelj Aleksa Nedić, as well as the founder and director of the marketing agency specialising in the music business Voltage Circus Gernot Müller, who works closely with club Amnesia in Ibiza, MagdalenaRodriguez Jr, Gery Beck and many other artists. Prominent names from the music industry will answer questions about how to position yourself and develop as an artist, build a music portfolio, and find a suitable label. They will also provide helpful marketing tips and advices for musicians.

The music programme of the No Sleep Festival in the Main Hangar of the Port of Belgrade is led by today’s most sought-after techno stars and ticket-sales record holders Amelie Lens and Reinier Zonneveld, Indira Paganotto and Partiboi69, who will have their debut performances in Belgrade, as well as the Madrid artist Regal, a representative of the Parisian underground scene Koboyo, Dutch rising star Kiki Solvej, DJ Jock and Katalina. A strong trap line-up led by Grše, Banfica and Kali arrives at the club Drugstore on Friday. Saturday is reserved for the WB Community party, while Ida Engberg, Matisa, Human Rias, Dejan Milićević, Andrej Jelić and Antrax will be in charge of the official afterparties until the early morning hours. The Ukrainian minimal heroine Olga Korol, the Art Director of the Milan club Tunnel DJ Bugsy, the Strasbourg DJ Paskal Walter, the Swedish Maria Nordgren and the Ukrainian Masha are coming to the Belgrade Silos

Tickets for No Sleep Festival

Standard festival tickets are on sale for RSD2,590, with a 30% discount, while VIP GOLD festival tickets are currently RSD4,290. Standard one-day tickets can be purchased at a gift price of RSD1,790, with a 30% discount, while the cost of one-day VIP GOLD tickets is RSD2.990. Tickets for the programme at the Drugstore club and the afterparties are available for RSD690.

Tickets are available here and through the Gigs Tix sales network, both online and at physical sales locations.

TBM 2022: Autumn Talks & Music Sessions in Cracow

This autumn HEMI allies are about to join the 2022 TBM festival & Conference in Cracow.

Musicians, managers, producers, professionals and music lovers explore the present and the future of the music & concert industry through panel discussions, networking, music sessions and experience exchange.

Among the participants, two rising HEMI partners, Anca Lupers, founder of Mastering the Music Business (MMB) & HEMI Music Awards 2022 art-rock band Zimbru

Tak Brzmi Miasto 2022 is a must-attend event for anyone thinking about playing live or wanting to develop their band’s touring career. In autumn in Cracow we will revive festival contacts and make a reboot of the “live” music industry after a pandemic slowdown. We will bring together musicians, managers, bookers, road managers, performers, organizers, journalists, producers and everyone connected with the music industry in one place. We will combine a debate on the present and future of the concert sector with a cross-genre festival exchange, where you will be able to meet representatives of the best and most interesting events from Poland and Europe.

Among those who have already confirmed their participation in this year’s edition of Tak Brzmi Miasto are those responsible for such events as Glastonbury, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Colours of Ostrava, Męskie Granie, OFF Festival, BUSH, Wrosound, Edison Festival, Olsztyn Green Festival, Stay Wild Festival, Atlas Festival, D Festival, Inne Brzmienia, PIN, What’s Next In Music, Focus Wales, WrOFFlaw and Soundedit. There will certainly be more to come!

The Tak Brzmi Miasto conference program includes panel discussions, such as: “Festivals – entertainment or responsibility?”, “Showcase – a way to success or a ruthless music trade?”, “Festival in crisis” or “How to get booked?”; workshops, such as “Showcase – how to get the maximum?”, “Festivals – a window to the world” or “How to do a proper soundcheck in 15 minutes” but the most important part is a unique opportunity for meetings, both official – on one of four speedmeeting sessions, and informal – on conference venue or in of the showcase venues in Kazimierz. Representatives of the aforementioned festivals formed a jury, which will soon select the artists and bands that will present during our showcase this year.

The next edition of the Tak Brzmi Miasto conference and festival will take place on November 12 and 13 at the space of the New Proxima Theater in Krakow. 

Don’t miss this hottest music event this fall! 

Tickets on sale at takbrzmimiasto.pl/en/conference-2022

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WWW: https://takbrzmimiasto.pl/en/conference-2022

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.  

Athens Music Week 2022 – First Artists and Speakers revealed

For the 4th consecutive year and at a defining moment for the local and global music scene in the post-pandemic era, Athens Music Week is back on June 22-24, with an eye to the future, taking place in 3 venues:  Technopolis, Bios and Temple. Three days full of discussions, presentations, workshops, speed meetings, networking events, not to mention showcase concerts and a big closing live event on the main stage of Technopolis!

Experience things “from the inside”, be acquainted with people and networks that will help you promote your music to the rest of the world, learn what role domestic media plays and how there can be more opportunities for new artists while discovering ways to increase your music revenue and find out what is happening with NFTs in Greek music and arts. What criteria are Greek radio producers using to promote the next hits? How is trap positioned in contemporary Greek pop culture? How can you properly create your wiki page, what does Tik Tok have to do with music, and how important are social fans in the end?

More than 80 representatives of companies, international networks and organizations, cultural institutions and governmental bodies, including, among others, from Greece: Globe One Digital, VIVA, Academy of Entrepreneurship, Athens Jazz Festival, Athens Voice, Bryq & Persado, ComeTogether, Digital Minds, DPG, Kosmos 93.6, Liquid Media, Pepper Radio 96, will answer all these questions and more.6, PostScriptum, Sky Vector Music, Stay Independent, Teranga Beat, UNDO Records, United We Fly, Music Works Rightholders’ cooperative (EDEM), National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos”, SKAI, Technopolis City of Athens, 24 Media, internationally: Centre National de la Musique (France), Dotted Music Agency (USA), Delta Booking Agency (Poland), EXIT Festival (Serbia), Future Echoes Festival (Sweden), Ink Music (Austria), Krakow Festival Office (Poland), Linecheck Festival (Italy), Mamazone (Hungary), Music Estonia (Estonia), Steve Farris Music (UK), Taksirat Festival (North Macedonia), The State51 Conspiracy (UK), Startup Wise Guys (Estonia).

Read more about the speakers here. More names to be announced soon.

The showcases are the ones that set the rhythm in and out of the Technopolis as, this year, the live shows are back and present in two neighbouring venues, Bios and Temple. The Showcases programme combines new and timeless trends, focusing on promoting Greek musicians and introducing foreign artists to the domestic scene, among which Christos Kalkanis Solo, Coslee, Hume Assine, Iota Phi, Kolida Babo, Lia Hide, Monnodic, Supersonic Elephant Club, The Bonnie Nettles, Transparent ManVASSIŁINA, Wera & NickZimbruZulu 3.4.

Read more about the artists here. More showcases will be announced soon.

Moreover, for the first time in Greece, we will welcome representatives of two of the most active international networks for the independent music sector, Impala – Independent Music Companies Association and International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), aiming to grow the independent music sector sustainably, return more value to artists and increase access to funding and the newly established Music Tech Europe, which aims to create synergies and opportunities between the technology and music industries. Thus a unique opportunity is designed for international networking, exchange of good practices and broader consolidation of the local industry.

In addition, the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) organizes pitch sessions. It presents the 30 European start-ups selected this year by the HEMI Incubator that provide innovative solutions to critical issues in the music industry, with the ultimate goal of promoting social change, diversity, sustainability and creativity in an evolving sector where art, science and entrepreneurship converge.

As every year, Athens Music Week ends its activities with a big closing live concert on the Main Stage of Technopolis City of Athens, with a surprise line-up to be announced a few days before the festival!

More information and new additions to the programme will be announced soon.

Athens Music Week is organised by MESO Events and Technopolis City of Athens, with the support of the European networks Hub for The Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) and JUMP – European Music Market Accelerator, two projects co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. 


Daily ticket: 7 euros (advance sale), 10 euros (at the entrance)

Three-day ticket: 15 euros (advance sale), 30 euros (at the entrance)

Advance Ticket Sales: Viva. gr

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, May 24th at 12.00.

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!