We are thrilled to announce the 29 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 benefeciaries 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 19 HEMI Incubator experts and mentors will accompany the 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 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 benefeciaries and find out more about their groundbreaking projects and ideas!

HEMI Music Awards 2024 finalists announced!

We are super excited to announce the 9 amazing artists coming from 9 countries of Central &
Southeastern Europe!

The finalists of HEMI Music Awards 2024, will get the chance to embark on a sonic adventure across
Europe & get access to HMA2024 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:

Island Mint/ CZ
Anna Kaneelina / EE
Freakin’ Disco / HU
Lufthansa / MK
Immortal Onion / PL
Musspell / RO
Keni Nije Mrtav / RS
Astrid– / (SI)

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


Nominees Announced for HEMI Music Awards 2024!

HEMI is thrilled to reveal the 27 nominees of the third 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 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 2024 Nominees: https://hemimusichub.com/hemi-music-awards-2024/


Anna Kaneelina

Bedless Bones

Maria Kallastu






Freakin’ Disco

Ivan & The Parazol


North Macedonia

Funk Shui


Vagina Corporation



Franek Warzywa & Młody Budda

Immortal Onion


Alone at Parties

Dimitri’s Bats



Keni Nije Mrtav


Tamara Kezz





Czech Republic


Island Mint



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

More info: www.hemimusichub.com


Nominees Announced for HEMI Music Awards 2024!

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


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/\ 



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!

ΗΕΜΙ artists are taking over BUSH!

Budapest Showcase Hub returns to the Hungarian capital once more and offers a dense 3day program with 36 artists and 6 venues at Budapest’s hottest club venues.
Among them, you can catch concerts from the HEMI artists Klawo (PL) and Ficture (Hu/ SK) that can easily be your next favorite artists.

The conference program gives the chance to mingle with music professionals and join great keynotes and panels. HEMI will also be there for a reception powered by HAIL, where you can meet artists and mentors of the HEMIsphere.

HEMI supports BUSH financially for one more year and shows strong presence in one of the most interesting showcase events of the Central – East Europe.

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


Representative: Aleksandra Denda


Representative: Martin Danchev


Representative: Flora Tretsi

3 winners of the HEMI  Incubation stream:

Scoremusic OÜ

Representative: Kristjan Nõlvak


Representative: Gergo Balazs-Farkas

Genius Jamtracks

Representative: Antonis Tsikandilakis

HEMI partners and collaborators reporting from Mastering the Music Business 2023

For yet another edition, hundred of delegates and dozens of Romanian and international music business professionals participated in this year’s edition of Mastering the Music Business (MMB) – the biggest event of the music industry in Romania. The eight edition of MMB took place in Bucharest from the 5th until the 7th of September 2023.

Dedicated to all music enthusiasts, MMB is the place where both artists and music business professionals are offered the opportunity to meet with leading experts in the industry, learn from them and interact with them directly.

For this year’s edition, together with our Romanian partner, HEMI Initiative organised a series of activities aiming to present the vibrant ecosystem of artistic creativity and music entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) . More specifically:

– A HEMI Incubator Pitching Session was held by the Romanian partner together with Greek and Estonian teams, in a hybrid format. The event brought together the mentors the Jury Members and local professionals together with the 30 participants of this year’s acceleration and incubation program presented live their business ideas and projects.

-A HEMI Reception took place with food & drinks for all delegates and speakers.

-HEMI sponsored a panel hosting local and regional music professionals that presented how music entrepreneurs in CEE are revolutionizing the industry, igniting artistic creativity, and driving economic growth (topic > Cultivating Music Entrepreneurship in the CEE Region)

– An editorial on Hemi Music Awards 2023 Finalists was inserted in the MMB Magazine ( https://www.masteringthemusicbusiness.ro/mmb-magazine/).

More details on: https://www.masteringthemusicbusiness.ro

From Left to right > Anca Lupes (RO) – Founder MMB and HEMI Partner / Georges Perot (GR) – Founder – Artistic Director of the Athens Music Week /  Project Coordinator of HEMI  / Ave Tolpt (EE) – Music Estonia’s Director / HEMI  Partner / Magda Cholyst (PL) – Founder of Artist in Bloom & HEMI Incubator Mentor






HEMI Jury members and Incubator Team during MMB2023


From Left to right > Jake Beaumont – Nesbitt (UK), Georges Perot (GR), Magda Cholyst (PL), Kees Van Meijen (NL),  Anca Lupes (RO), Marili Randla (EE)



More photos here

HEMI launches a new partnership with Music Tech Europe Academy

HEMI partners supports Music Tech Europe Academy the new, hybrid training scheme for music technology innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs across Europe.

The new edition of Music Tech Europe Academy, a 7-month acceleration program addressing 10 European music tech startups, and developed in the framework of Music Moves Europe in 2021 is launching a new Call for Applications.

Music Tech Europe Academy aims at developing the ecosystem of music-tech innovators in Europe and creating a level playing field between tech-savvy entrepreneurs, artists, tech companies and the music industry, encouraging cooperative innovation efforts for the future music ecosystem.

The added value of the Consortium that promotes MTE Academy lies in the diversity and uniqueness of the partners, united however in the common goal of strengthening the music tech sector in Europe, facilitating access to funding, supporting technological development in line with needs and interests of market players, and supporting the talents of innovation through a path based on collaboration — as well as maintaining a logic of sustainability and social responsibility.

Over the 7-months period of acceleration, startups will have access to a hybrid and flexible mentorship program with top level experts in music, technology, finance and entrepreneurship, IRL meetups and networking opportunities during industry events, investment pitch sessions, and a vibrant community of digital innovators and music professionals.

MTE Academy kick-off meeting will take place during the 9th edition of Linecheck Music Meeting and Festival, where the selected startups will have the unique opportunity to participate in the festival’s events, engage in networking opportunities, and take part in panels, workshops and showcases focused on the music and music-tech industries. This immersive experience will allow them to connect with international industry professionals, gain valuable insights, and showcase their own innovative contributions to different music stakeholders.

MTE Academy is addressed to European startups and SMEs (already established as companies) as well as non-formal initiatives and projects (pre-company stage), but with a defined Proof of Concept, who adopts innovative technologies to provide business and artistic solutions for the music sector.

The Call for Applications opens today September 6th and the applications deadline is 12 October 2023.

Applications procedure, info and full program available at musictecheuropeacademy.eu

MTE Academy is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union and it is coordinated by Music Innovation Hub (Italy), in partnership with Media Deals (Germany), Technoport (Luxemburg), MESO Events (Greece) and Barcelona Music Tech Hub (Spain) and is supported by Music AllyOrfiumHEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music InnovationLIFT99 and INNOVATHENS Technopolis City of Athens.

HEMI Incubator kick off event at Athens Music Week!

HEMI Incubator, the first music business incubation and acceleration programme in the region, joined AMW 2023 Conference for it’s kickoff event.

A delegation of music entrepreneurs from 9 European countries representing 30 exceptional startups and music related projects, had 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.