HEMI MUSIC AWARDS

We are proud to announce the first HEMI MUSIC AWARDS! We are currently accepting applications for the HMAs 2021! Submissions until December 23, 2020, Here is the full press release!

Are you an artist? Feelin’ Export-Ready? Apply now!

Be part of this annual talent program, and get the chance to earn personalized support by International Music Industry experts, together with networking and touring activities to help you break through the borders and conquer new audiences at 10 leading music conferences and festivals around Europe.
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.
The selection 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 publicity by 18 media partners from the 9 HEMI countries.
HEMI Music Awards 2021 offers prize packages with a total worth of €36,000 through several activities which combine theory, practice and the opportunity for a real life experience! Program packages include tailor made business consultancy, export packs, professional matchmaking, promo support and live touring!
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 23rd of December 2020 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: https://hemimusichub.com/awards/

About HEMI
The Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) is an initiative of 10 music organizations from Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union for 4 years (2020-23).
Developed as a Cluster, the partnership includes Public and Private organizations, Associations, Festival and Conference Organizers, Export Offices and a Music Business school.
The HEMI vision is to create a sustainable “Music Hub”, aiming to develop innovative business models, co-produce and co-promote new events / products, create an Incubator for music professionals, and support artists to meet current market needs.

MEDIA SPONSORS :
ANTENNA 5 RADIO NETWORK (MK) | ANTYRADIO (PL) | AVOPOLIS.GR (GR) | BALKANROCK (RS)| FRONTMAN (CZ) | INFOMUSIC (RO) | LIFO (GR)| MUSIC SERVER (CZ) | ODZVEN WEB MUSIC MAGAZINE (SI) | |RAADIO 2 (EE) | RADIO GUERRILLA (RO) | RADIO MOF (MK) | RADIO TERMINAL (SI)

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

For more info about HEMI Music Awards, please contact: info@hemimusichub.eu
For press inquiries, please contact: press@hemimsusichub.eu

 

HEMI at LINECHECK!

On Tuesday, November 17, we’ll be discussing “Social Innovation through Music in Eastern Europe”.

HEMI is going to be present at the online version of Lineckeck Music Meeting and Festival on November 17 at 14:00.

Presented by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (in English), this panel will host Georges Perot, Owner & Founder of MESO Music Events / Project Coordinator of HEMI Music Hub and Head of Athens Music Week (GR), Martiina Putnik, Head of International Projects / Music Estonia (EE), Màrton Nàray, Director / Czech Music Export Office (CZ), and Carina Sava, Partner of Mastering the Music Business / Founder & Artist Manager / Watermelon Agency (RO).


The creative industries in Europe’s eastern belt, from Estonia to Greece, have long been somewhat overlooked, wrongfully marginalized because of more than just geographical location. In reality, it is a region that harbors developing societies with digitalized, receptive music listeners and forward-thinking creators.

Nowadays, the contribution through music to a strong and innovative cultural backbone is more important than ever, as it provides strong ties to the rest of the world ensuring that exciting alternative players are allowed to flourish.

We will discuss about different approaches achieved in the eastern belt and will try to answer on the short and long term efficiency of Music contribution in the present, sometimes threatening, social-political environment.

To get more information and tickets, about the Linecheck Music Meeting and Festival (November 17-19), visit: https://www.linecheck.it/

 

Feasibility of a European Music Observatory: new studies from Music Moves Europe

The European Commission has just published two studies of “Music Moves Europe”.

Under the 2018 Preparatory action on music, the European Commission launched several studies to address the main challenges in the music sector, all aiming to improve the poor data availability, develop a better understanding of the market trends as well as sustainable mechanisms on how to monitor them, and to identify data and funding needs.

Two corresponding studies are now published:

However, we need to note that the data for both studies and their analysis reflects the “pro-Covid-19” situation.

The current crisis has had a profound effect on the music sector, so the issues that these studies bring to light (the lack of data and the funding gaps) make their findings even more important, so that EU and national institutions and policy makers can contribute to the sustainable development of the music sector.

Background

The 2018-2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European diversity and talent” aims primarily to prepare future support for music under the Creative Europe programme (new sectorial action on music).

Over the past three years, the European Commission has launched 7 calls for proposals and 4 calls for tenders to implement the Preparatory action, with a total budget of €7 million. This process and the results achieved will help design the future EU support in the context of the Music Moves Europe initiative, including funding under the Creative Europe programme.

For more information, you can also read about how the EU responds to the coronavirus outbreak in support of the cultural and creative sectors.

PIN music conference 2020 coming soon!

The first and only music conference and showcase festival in North Macedonia has just announced its 7th edition! This year’s conference and showcase will take place at several locations around the capital Skopje, from the 26th to the 28th of November 2020.

Organized as a part of the renowned Taksirat Festival, PIN will host the best new music talents from North Macedonia, the region, and Europe, and the most relevant names in the music industry – bookers, agents, promoters, journalists.

Together, they will focus on discovering fresh ideas for the music industry. They will not only discuss the current situation in our industry, but also try and find relevant solutions and help each other through these difficult times. PIN’s main objective is to bring and grow positive development in the N.Macedonian cultural scene, through learning and sharing examples of the values and experiences of the prominent music professionals and creative minds visiting the conference.

Are you interested in participating?
Every November, Skopje is the creative center for hundreds of music promoters, producers, managers, enthusiasts, creatives, and representatives of the biggest festivals in Europe.
As always, PIN is free of charge for all delegates.

Sign up and get your pass and all the benefits PIN offers to its guests. If you want to be a part of this year’s PIN edition, you can register HERE

HEMI at PIN

PIN is one of the partners of HEMI, Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. For more information about us, we invite you to visit this year’s PIN Music Conference & Showcase, where we’ll have a special panel dedicated to our multi-national project!

PIN Music Conference and Showcase will be held according to the official protocol for prevention against the CoronaVirus. Wearing a mask and keeping distance are mandatory. If not able to go through with this year’s conference, the organizers will hold the edition online.

Regarding the COVID-19 restrictions, they said: “Yes, Corona is also here and we are on the red list, but, Tottenham won a few days ago in Skopje against Shkendija, and Mourinho was very happy! At the moment, we have a 30% capacity restriction, no test for Balkan and EU citizens to come IN, wearing a mask is a must and disinfection is very welcome! We are ready to try and make PIN happen even if Corona is against us! We are looking forward to seeing each of you at the conference, drinking PINaColada and, playing PINg pong contests on >1.5< distance!

PIN Social Media Channels:
https://www.facebook.com/pinmusicconference
https://www.instagram.com/pinmusiconference/
https://pinconference.mk/

SoundCzech reveals the 2020 digital edition of CEEntral Party

CEENtral party, a conference focusing on the Central and Southeastern European  countries and their music markets is happening online on Nov 28.

A full day of panels, workshops, networking, plus one special streaming from London, it’s all going to be free for everyone! Here is the full fascinating program:

Workshops:

11:00 BandCamp workshop with Aly Giliani. Tricks and ideas about how to use all features that BandCamp has to offer the best way possible.
Aly Gillani is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans.

12:00 Brexit real impacts- Ian Smith (Frusion agency)
“So you want to play in the UK after Brexit, and you still want to play in the EU… well, good news you still can, and its easier than you might think !”
Led by Ian Smith, CEO of two key international agencies based in the UK and Austria for 20 years and founder of UKEARSWORK, a free fact-checked information initiative to keep creatives working in both directions with minimal disruption after Brexit.

13:00 Be social cleverly – Zsuzsi Berta (social media strategist, head of digital marketing – A38)
CEEntral Party have asked the social media strategist of the legendary Budapest venue A38 to offer a unique take on how to communicate effectively on social media. What are the messages to avoid? How to build communities, and how to make the most of your creativity.

14:00 Effective use of Music tech, and a short overview on the music value chain with Yvan Boudillet.
Value Gap? Blockchain? Let’s talk for once about the moving Music Value Chain and look back to the Future of the Music Industry, as the digital revolution has become the new normal.
Yvan Boudillet is a Digital Entertainment Expert with over ten years experience in leading digital development and consumer strategy for EMI and Warner Music in France. As the Founder of the advisory agency TheLynk and the Entertainment Lead at Startup Sesame, Yvan connects the dots between startups and creative industries.

15:00 Sane-tizer / staying sane in times of crisis
The tragic level of mental health in the music sector was already a topic, when the year of lockdown started, pushing so many over the edge by a non-concert-season ..

With the help of a Zoltan Kővary (musician/ psychologist), we aim to initiate an interactive workshop session, to talk about often recurring issues, and how to help ourselves.

14:00-16:00 CsEE Music Market introduction – in a panel set-up, we introduce the music sector of CsEE countries. All you need to know about demographics, popular music genres, live-recording-sector, music services, and best access points to start at the following countries.

14:00- 15:00 pt. 1. – get to know the countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland
15:00- 16:00 pt. 2. Greece, Romania, Serbia, Estonia, Macedonia

 

Open streamed panels

16:00-16:15 HEMIsphere- Introduction of the new music boost program that bridges 10 partners from Estonia to Greece.

17:00- David and Goliath-
The Teutonic plates of the music sector reality are shaken, and while some made a huge fortune on the lockdown, many got pushed to leave music for good in order to survive…

BUT- What does that mean? What is the future of major multi-genre festivals? Sold out headliners at stadiums? How big is too big? Will major investors buy up all that left after the warriors budget dried out? We invited stakeholders of the different fields of music, agency, festival, labels… to dream a better future with us.

Partners:
HEMI Music Hub, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Czech Centres
IQ Magazine
More info: https://www.soundczech.cz/en

 

HEMI Music Awards 2021 edition will be announced during PIN Conference and CEEntral Party events

HEMI Music Award will be a talent programme for artists seeking professional support to help them break the frontiers, reach new audiences and develop international career.

The Αward will be addressed to Export ready artist, meaning that Artist should have experience playing music to a live audience, they should have promo material on the internet, they should have music which is available on major streaming services, and they should have released new music in the last 2 years.

The HEMI Music Award (HMA) activities will combine theory, practice and most of all, real life experiences, providing support through different packages of a total budget worth €36.000!

The selection will be done by an international Jury of 27 members Industry Expert, Festival organizers, Promoters, Export Offices, Venue managers and Music journalists from the 9 countries of the Award: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland and Romania.

The process of selection will be developed in 3 phases:

Phase 1: Preselection of 3 nominees from each country

This phase will be about checking applicants’ data and eligibility criteria’s, leading to a preselection of 3 nominees per country (27 in total).  Jury members will evaluate the nominees through networking and training sessions. The objective will be to help artists identify skills and competencies they need towards the development of their international career.

Phase 2: Selection of 9 International Nominees

In this phase, Jury will reduce the 3 nominees to 1 nominee per country, leading to a pool of 9 international nominees. These nominees will go through specialized training and receiving Tailor Made Business Consultancy on topics they need to break the frontiers! All nominees will participate to an international live music event, which will lead to the final phase of the programme.

Phase 3: Award Winners

The final phase of the programme where the Jury will select 3 finalists and winners of the HEMI Music Award 2021. The announcement will be made during a special event mid-May.

More news next weeks!

HEMI MUSIC AWARD is organized by the Hub for the Exchange of the Music Innovation (HEMI) a project co-funded by the creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

 

Tak Brzmi Miasto showcase Conference 2020 announced

From Krakow, Poland to the virtual public, Tak Brzmi Miasto conference: The Future, coming online on November 14-15, aims to offer artists and music professionals insights and practical tools to help them navigate the new post-Covid 19 landscape.

It won’t be a look through rose-colored glasses, yet the organizers will focus on possibilities and the bright side of the future. The music industry needs a meeting and a conversation, specific tools and discussion over the direction in which it wants to be headed. The future is not that distant, Tak Brzmi Miasto conference: The Future starts soon. On the 14th and 15th of November, specialists will lead the virtual events and workshop. Ticket sales are already on, and the number of participants is limited.

Changes in the music industry have been so fast in the last couple of years, it’s hard to keep track. The Year 2020 accelerated them incredibly or stopped completely. Most of us rack our brains trying to figure out what’s next. What could the future look like? How to survive? Or, maybe more ambitious – how to develop oneself? Independent musicians, concert promoters and managers with many years of experience are all hitting the same wall. That’s why this year’s conference Tak Brzmi Miasto: The Future focuses on new tools for the artists, best managerial practice and positive examples from our industry.

New reality – does it also mean the new music industry? Can new mean better? How will the great players deal with it – labels, producers and associations? How will an independent artist find their way in this world? Does the audience need a next free online concert? What are they willing to pay for? In the end… the artist is human too.

The program will tackle topics such as challenges and prospects of digitalisation, opportunities for earning online or tools that can be useful for that; talking about changes which should be followed, and artists who, while as unaware as everyone else, were prepared for the crisis.

The conference is about the future of an artist and a manager. Tak Brzmi Miasto is about the future of music.

The conference is accompanied by Winter Camp – a direct form of support and learning, enriched with individual consultations and workshop. Winter Camp will take place between November 11 and 13. The participants will also take part in the more widely available Tak Brzmi Miasto: The Future conference.

For more information go to: http://takbrzmimiasto.pl/konferencja-2020/

 

HEMI Enters BUSH, the Hungarian Showcase Conference

HEMI Enters BUSH, the Hungarian Showcase Conference

Budapest Showcase Hub is the first Hungarian showcase festival and conference, focusing on the Central Eastern European region, showcasing the best current artists and listing all the hot topics of the music industry. This year, irregularly, it’ll be a one-day-only hybrid event, on November 4th, but will still be international and reaching beyond the borders.

The organisers of BUSH have created an entertaining video series of 31 promising artists of the region, as traveling and gathering is highly limited due to the pandemic, so they cannot perform live as usual.

The trailer of the series is already available, while the full episodes will be launched at the start of the conference, on the 4th of November on BUSH’s YouTube channel, which will including some interesting trivia of the artists.

In the selection process the organisers, just as usual, asked for the support of a few hundred music professionals and associations, such as ETEP and INES.

The conference and mini-showcase will be held at the famous A38 Ship in Budapest. The conference program is focusing on this hectic year of COVID-19, on changes and challenges.

The first two panels will be powered by Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI), Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The first one, Young Indie Label Associations in Deep Water, will dig into what happened in the past couple of years to the young label associations of the region.

Then, Entrepreneurship in Music Business, aims to clear the picture around the self-releasing artists, music business education and programmes like HEMI Music Hub, Music Competence Centre or JUMP.

Further panels will be discussing the sector’s challenges and opportunities, and of course, a listening session is also a must!

After the conference, four very promising Hungarian acts will hit the stage:  IamSoyuz, Saya Noé, Mongooz and the Magnet and Törzs while, at the small stage, there will be an electronic TEB selection by Telekom Electronic Beats Showcase: Mennydörgő, Flanger Kids, Ben Leavez, Fausto Mercier, DJ Mesterháza and Normál Tamás.

More info:

https://budapestshowcasehub.com/

https://www.facebook.com/budapestshowcasehub

https://www.instagram.com/budapestshowcasehub

 

Music Estonia presents HEMI at Tallinn Music Week 2020 Hybrid Edition

The 12th edition of Showcase festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) will kick off on Thursday, the 27th of August. Music Estonia is one of the partners of the festival again contributing to the Creative Impact Conference program!

A partner of HEMI, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the conference will take place over two days, 28–29 August at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA), preceded by introductory webinars on the 27th of August. The conference will be in hybrid format, meaning that delegates are able to participate both on site at the EKA, as well as online with a DigiPRO pass.

This year’s program features once again exciting panels and presentations, as well as mentoring sessions and workshops by the professionals in the field.

We recommend that you register to the latter very quickly, as the number of places is limited and the content there promises to be especially interesting – social media platform TikTok, creating a visual brand, mental health and the emotional impact of music, etc.

And those who feel that it would be useful to go over the roles of music industry, can do so in our “101: Roles in Music Industry” webinars on Thursday, August 27th.

To be a part of it all, you have to be a TMW delegate. Conference passes are on sale at the festival’s online store.

Seminars, panels, presentations

This year, the conference addresses music-related topics from practical workshops and seminars to inspiring pop-culturology talks and cross-sectoral future visions.

Music Estonia has contributed to the conference program with the following topics:

Read more and take part.

Mentoring sessions

45 minutes long mentoring sessions are a good combination of learning and networking.

These small group sessions with up to 5 participants and a mentor, are a great way to get some advice on your own matters and also hear and learn from your peers.

The exact content of the mentoring depends largely on the interests of the participants.

Topics such as management, leadership and career development, digital marketing, festivals, etc. will be discussed and advice will be given by the experts around the world.

Mentors include Sophie Roberts, the Booking Agent at leading talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency, Jenni Kivikoski, A&R Manager at Sony Finland, and Effi Summers, who advises indie-artists in the field of social media and visual branding.

The background of the mentors is very diverse – among them are professionals with experience in electronic music, metal, world music, jazz and other scenes.

Mentorings will be held in English, the number of places is limited.

Read more and take part.

Workshops

In practical workshops, for example, the social media platform TikTok, the basics of copyright, digital marketing techniques, the emotional impact of music, etc. will be examined.

Among others, the workshops will be led by Harry Tidswell, Music Partnerships Manager at leading influencer marketing agency Fanbytes, Brandon Rosenbluth, Agent and Manager for electronic music artists, and Vaiko Eplik, independent artist, author, phonogram producer and Chairman of the Board of EAÜ.

Workshops will be held in English (except for “Autoriõiguse ABC”), the number of places is limited.

Read more and take part.

EXIT festival reveals Life Stream events

Exit Festival

Galvanizing support for those hardest hit by the pandemic, the Life Stream Project brings together world-class acts who will perform at Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress, the home base of EXIT festival, for a million-strong online audience from September 3rd to 6th.

Music for a good cause: EXIT festival, in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, is launching the next step of Life Stream Project, in aid of the efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions who have lost their livelihoods to the pandemic and are falling deeper into hunger.

The pandemic is compounding problems and multiplying misery, especially for those on the front-lines of climate change battling frequent drought, storms and floods that strain food production, exacerbate hunger and push people deeper into poverty. It is set to push 270 million people into food insecurity before the end of 2020 – an 80 percent increase from 2019 – and the impact will be the harshest for those who were already suffering.

EXIT started as a youth movement for peace and freedom in Serbia and Balkans and social activism is still at the forefront of our activities. This year has been hard for all of us, but even in times like this, we must find the strength to do what we can to help those who are the most vulnerable” – said founder and CEO of EXIT Dušan Kovačević.

The Life Stream Project

Life stream has been launched last year together with the Green R:evolution as EXIT’s biggest environmental project to this day, in which the Government of Serbia committed to planting almost a billion trees increasing the country’s forestation rate up to 50%. The partnership with WFP broadens the scope of the project, highlighting two important causes, ending hunger and building resilience for communities in the face of climate change, that have become even more urgent in light of COVID-19.

Life Stream will be a four-day long festival, with performances broadcast from the legendary EXIT Dance Arena. The festival will feature the global and regional acts with videos drawing attention to the environment and the looming hunger crisis.

This year’s project is an introduction to a broader cooperation in 2021, which will mark two important anniversaries, 60 years of WFP and the 20th anniversary of the EXIT festival.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In 2019, WFP assisted nearly 100 million people in over 80 countries.

WFP not only provides food assistance to communities affected by climate-related disasters, but also helps them become more resilient to extreme weather events.

In light of the current situation, WFP has made an urgent appeal for USD 4.9 billion which will enable it to provide food assistance to as many as 138 million vulnerable people before the end of the year. This would also be the largest mobilization in the entire history of the organization.

ABOUT EXIT FESTIVAL

EXIT Festival was established in 2000 in University Park as a student movement for the fight for peace and freedom, both in Serbia and in the Balkans. Over the past 20 years, it has grown into one of the most eminent music festivals in the world. Social responsibility remains one of the key aspects of the Festival through the work of the EXIT Foundation, which focuses its social activism on youth development and peace promotion, creative industries, environmental protection, and destination branding.