HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 - PHASE 3: WINNERS

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!

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 - PHASE 2: SELECTION PHASE

We are thrilled to announce the 9 International Finalists for the HEMI Music Awards 2021! These 9 exceptional European 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! Embarking on this promising HEMIsphere adventure, each of the nominees earns a total prize value of € 2,000!  

Along with the training program, the 9 finalists will be performing and presenting a song of their choice during the HMA Live Music Session, an online event that will give the opportunity to both audiences and Jury members to discover them live on stage! 

We present you below the HMA 2021 Phase 2 finalists in alphabetical order by country of origin! Discover all the beautiful and diverse sounds from our HEMIsphere!

Czech Republic (CZ)
Thom Artway marries a modern sound to classic songwriting. His folk-pop draws you in with a distinctive voice and naggingly melodic earworms. Thom has performed at the legendary Sziget festival in Hungary, and his tour took in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Zurich, Luxembourg and the UK!

Czech Republic (CZ)
Estonia (EE)
I Wear* Experiment is a punchy nordic indie electro trio leaning towards experimentation and cinematic soundscapes. The band began their journey into electronical pop music bringing back the punch and aggressiveness that they feel has gone missing over time.

Estonia (EE)
Greece (GR)
Deaf Radio is a desert/alternative rock band formed in Athens, Greece, in 2015. After “Alarm” garnered more than one and a half million streams online and sell- out crowds when performed live, the band’s most recent creation, “ Modern Panic”, left no ear unturned with its sprawling and exhilarating style.

Greece (GR)
Hungary (HU)
Woodstock Barbie infuses vintage blues rock with scratchy stoner and silky soul. Their debut EP Never Gonna Fall in Line came out in October 2019 and they immediately ended up sharing the stage with Dopethrone (CAN). They won the Hungarian Fülesbagoly talent competition’s ‘Best Female Singer’ and ‘Best Musican’ awards.

Hungary (HU)
North Macedonia (MK)
As a truly outstanding and hardworking band into the European emerging artists pool, Funk Shui (based in North Macedonia) is catching the eyes and ears of many. The band has already been a part of the showcase programs of MENT Ljubljana, Athens Music Week, PIN Music conference.

North Macedonia (MK)
Poland (PL)
Izzy and the Black Trees bring female led energy that can be compared to early Blondie, Pj Harvey, Patti Smith band, mixed with fuzz, noisy guitar riffs, post -punk beat, poetic lyrics & feisty melodies. Their live shows are full of punk and rock’n’roll energy!

Poland (PL)
Romania (RO)
Lucia’s career got a kickstart in 2012 when her first single “Silence” went viral and made her an overnight success, with 27 million views to date and legions of fans in Turkey, South America and of course her home country of Romania. She performs in a band format, with the bass guitar, drums, keys and occasional cello!

Romania (RO)
Republic of Serbia (RS)
Dogs in Kavala have already gathered a formidable fan base all around Europe! They are currently working on their 3rd album which promises to reach another level in term of production quality. Their shows are characterized by a close dynamic relation with the audience, sing-alongs from the first rows and an obligatory joined bow at the end.

Republic of Serbia (RS)
Slovenia (SL)
With their energetic stage performances, Koala Voice have been, from the very beginning, attracting both younger and older audiences. They started performing in 2012 and have through their first appearances in smaller clubs, broken into bigger stages year after year, both at home and abroad.

Slovenia (SL)
Greece (GR)
Deaf Radio is a desert/alternative rock band formed in Athens, Greece, in 2015. After “Alarm” garnered more than one and a half million streams online and sell- out crowds when performed live, the band’s most recent creation, “ Modern Panic”, left no ear unturned with its sprawling and exhilarating style.

Greece (GR)
Republic of Serbia (RS)
Dogs in Kavala have already gathered a formidable fan base all around Europe! They are currently working on their 3rd album which promises to reach another level in term of production quality. Their shows are characterized by a close dynamic relation with the audience, sing-alongs from the first rows and an obligatory joined bow at the end.

Republic of Serbia (RS)
North Macedonia (MK)
As a truly outstanding and hardworking band into the European emerging artists pool, Funk Shui (based in North Macedonia) is catching the eyes and ears of many. The band has already been a part of the showcase programs of MENT Ljubljana, Athens Music Week, PIN Music conference.

North Macedonia (MK)
Estonia (EE)
I Wear* Experiment is a punchy nordic indie electro trio leaning towards experimentation and cinematic soundscapes. The band began their journey into electronical pop music bringing back the punch and aggressiveness that they feel has gone missing over time.

Estonia (EE)
Poland (PL)
Izzy and the Black Trees bring female led energy that can be compared to early Blondie, Pj Harvey, Patti Smith band, mixed with fuzz, noisy guitar riffs, post -punk beat, poetic lyrics & feisty melodies. Their live shows are full of punk and rock’n’roll energy!

Poland (PL)
Slovenia (SL)
With their energetic stage performances, Koala Voice have been, from the very beginning, attracting both younger and older audiences. They started performing in 2012 and have through their first appearances in smaller clubs, broken into bigger stages year after year, both at home and abroad.

Slovenia (SL)
Romania (RO)
Lucia’s career got a kickstart in 2012 when her first single “Silence” went viral and made her an overnight success, with 27 million views to date and legions of fans in Turkey, South America and of course her home country of Romania. She performs in a band format, with the bass guitar, drums, keys and occasional cello!

Romania (RO)
Czech Republic (CZ)
Thom Artway marries a modern sound to classic songwriting. His folk-pop draws you in with a distinctive voice and naggingly melodic earworms. Thom has performed at the legendary Sziget festival in Hungary, and his tour took in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Zurich, Luxembourg and the UK!

Czech Republic (CZ)
Hungary (HU)
Woodstock Barbie infuses vintage blues rock with scratchy stoner and silky soul. Their debut EP Never Gonna Fall in Line came out in October 2019 and they immediately ended up sharing the stage with Dopethrone (CAN). They won the Hungarian Fülesbagoly talent competition’s ‘Best Female Singer’ and ‘Best Musican’ awards.

Hungary (HU)

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 – PHASE 1: PRESELECTION PHASE

 

Meet the 27 nominated artists and bands from 9 countries of Central and Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) that participated in the initial Phase 1 of HEMI Music Awards 2021!

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 – PHASE 1: PRESELECTION PHASE

 

Meet the 27 nominated artists and bands from 9 countries of Central and Southeastern Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) that participated in the initial Phase 1 of HEMI Music Awards 2021!

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 – JURY MEMBERS

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 – MENTORS

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The International Mentors consists of 9 experts from each country (27 members in total) representing Artistic Directors, Promoters, Festival & Showcase Conferences or Venue Managers, Music Journalists, Export Office and Music Business School Directors

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 – MEDIA PARTNERS

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS 2021 - OPEN CALL

HEMI Music Awards is a talent programme for artists who seek professional support to help them break through the borders, reach new audiences and develop an international career.

The Αwards are addressed to Export-ready solo artists or bands. They must have promo material on the internet, music available on major streaming platforms, and experience in playing music to a live audience.

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS (HMA) is organized by the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) a project of 10 organizations from 9 countries, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The selection is done by an international Jury of 27 members Industry Experts, Festival organizers, 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.

The process of selection is developed in 3 phases:

Phase 1: Preselection of 3 nominees from each country

This phase is about checking applicants’ data and eligibility criteria, leading to a preselection of 3 nominees per country (27 in total).  The Jury members will evaluate the nominees through networking and training sessions. The objective is 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, the 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 receive a Tailor-Made Business Consultancy aimed to help them expand their carrier beyond their home country! All nominees will participate in an international live music event, which will lead to the final phase of the programme.

Phase 3: Award Winners

In the final phase of the programme, the Jury will select from the international nominees, 3 winners of the HEMI Music Awards 2021.

The announcement will be made during a special event in mid-May.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

The HEMI Music Awards 2021 budget is divided in prize packages worth a total of €36,000. The packages are split as follows:

The 27 nominees (phase 1)  participating in the initial phase of the award, will earn activities that will help them evaluate their capacity to access new territories. 

The package for each one includes accreditations to attend HEMI partners’ events, business assessment made by Export Office partners, training sessions, and media coverage.

The 9 International nominees (phase 2) will win personalized support through activities which will help them learn new skills and expand their competencies, contributing towards the development of their international career.

The support package for each includes, but is not limited to, networking activities, extensive media coverage, professional coaching and participation to international live showcase event, a total prize value of € 2,000 per nominee.

The HEMI Music Awards winners (phase 3): 3 winners will receive the HMA prize. 

The Package for each winner will cover costs for content creation, promo campaigns, participation to selected Music conferences, and all expenses for touring to international Festivals and showcase events, a total prize value of € 6,000 per winner.

The HEMI Music Awards winners will also be promoted by the 18 media partners of the programme.

 The HEMI Music Awards (HMA) activities will combine theory, practice and most of all, provide you life time experiences!

 HMA Business Consultancy
Tailor made activities provided by selected music industry experts, to give you all the answers in a 360 approach.

 HMA Delegate Pass
A privileged access and an opportunity to meet with international Music Industry professionals, to develop your network.

HMA Artists Focus
Dedicated promotional events during Showcase and Conferences, to present yourself to international music professionals!

HMA Live Sessions
International broadcasted events in live multicast with all HMA partners, to present your music and reach new audiences.

HMA Export Pack
Support for promotions, content creation and matchmaking activities, to ensure you get everything you need to go international!

HMA Tour 2021
The booking award with a tour in 4 partners’ Festivals, to help you discover and conquer the fans of the region!

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS (HMA) 2021 ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

Phase 1 activities
Preselection and Evaluation for the 27 Nominees
Period: 21st of January – End of February 2021  

Agenda

  • Personal meeting with national HMA team
  • Common meeting with HEMI partners
  • Meeting with all HMA nominees
  • Participation in 4 training sessions

Training Program topics

  • Discover HMA Music Markets
  • Understand CSEE music Ecosystem
  • Capacity building
  • Meaning of Export Ready

HMA delegate pass
Each of the nominees (solo artist and/or all band members) will receive an accreditation to attend the event of their home country (dates tbc) :

  • Mastering the Music Business (RO)
  • Tallinn Music Week (EE)
  • MENT Ljubljana (SI)
  • Athens Music Week (GR)
  • Wianki w Krakowie (PL)
  • EXIT Festival (RS)
  • BUSH (HU)
  • CEEntral Party (CZ)
  • Tak Brzmi Miasto (PL)
  • PIN Music Conference (MK)

Phase 2 activities
Selection of the 9 International Nominees
Period: March – May 2021 

 Agenda

  • Assessment meetings with national HMA team
  • Common training from international HMA experts
  • Business Consultancy based on personalized needs
  • Performance during HMA Live Sessions

HMA Artist Focus
Participation to panel discussions and networking events dedicated to all nominees during Tallinn MusicWeek and Mastering the Music Business.

HMA Delegate pass
1 Artist representative or Band Manager of each of the 9 nominees will attend all HMA partners’ events (dates tbc) :
Mastering the Music Business (RO), Tallinn Music Week (EE), MENT Ljubljana (SI), Athens Music Week (GR), Wianki w Krakowie (PL), EXIT Festival (RS), BUSH (HU), CEentral Party (CZ), Tak Brzmi Miasto (PL) and PIN Music Conference (MK)

HMA Live Sessions
Nominees will participate in an international event broadcasted live in multicast from all HMA partners channels. This is when the Jury will select the 3 winners.

HMA Business Consultancy (indicative topics covered)

 Contracting
 – management/ booking/ label / publishing deals

Marketing
 – B2C (artist to fan) through Social media channels, Streaming platforms, Online &         offline communication
 – B2B with managers/ booking Agencies/ labels/ promoters/ brands

Communication
 – Press relations
 – Media Planning
 – Press kit (EPK, communication)

Export Strategy
 – Showcase festivals
 – International Networking
 – Touring

Revenue streams
 – Online Digital Service Providers (DSPs) / Live /Merchandising / Synchronizations
 – Sponsorships /endorsements
 – Funding: Crowdfunding and co-funding

Intellectual Property
 – Royalties, Copyrights and Collecting Societies

Phase 3 activities
Selection of 3 Award winners

Period: May – December 2021

Agenda

  • Meetings with national HMA team
  • Coaching meetings with HMA experts
  • Meeting to set up the HMA Export pack
  • Participation to the HMA Artist Focus events during Ment Ljubljana, Athens Music Week, Wianki, Exit Festival and Pin Music Conference
  • Meetings to set up the HMA Tour 2021

HMA Export Pack

  • Matchmaking process to help winners meet with the professional contacts they need (e.g. music platforms, Labels, Music Agencies, Booking Agencies, Festival organizers).
  • Support for the creation of new material such as video, audio or creative content and Ads Campaigns for promotions.

 

HMA Tour 2021

Prize covers travel, accommodation, food and promotional costs for the 3 winners.

Covid willing, the winners will travel to and perform in 4 events (dates to be confirmed):

  • Athens Music Week, Greece, 24/06/2021
  • Wianki, Cracow, Poland, 26/06/2021
  • EXIT Festival, Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia, 11/07/2021
  • Taksirat Festival, Skopje, North Macedonia, 29/11/2021

COVID-19 notice: HMA networking and travelling activities are subject to changes depending on the evolution of the pandemic. 

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS OPEN CALL2021

OPEN CALL 2021 has ended. 

Are you an artist? Do you feel Export-Ready? Do you live in Central & South Eastern Europe? Seeking professional support to break through the borders?
The HEMI Music Awards are for you!
Apply now and get your chance to win
tailor made activities to help you and take the next step in your career!

HEMI Music Awards is a talent programme for artists who seek professional support to help them break through the borders, reach new audiences and develop an international career.

The Αwards are addressed to Export-ready solo artists or bands. They must have promo material on the internet, music available on major streaming platforms, and experience in playing music to a live audience.

HEMI MUSIC AWARDS is organized by the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI) a project of 10 organizations from 9 countries, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

WHO CAN APPLY

 Eligibility criteria
Applicants must be solo artists or bands living in one of the countries participating in the contest:
 – Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia
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Artists and band members must be 18 and above.

 

 Selection Criteria
Artists will be asked to demonstrate that :
 – they have a marketing plan to promote their music,
 – they have released new music over the last 2 years,
 – they have performed in concerts over the last 2 years.
Artists’ motivation
Project Export potential
Fluency in English

 

WANT TO TAKE YOUR CHANCE? APPLY NOW!

The deadline to submit applications is set to Wednesday 23rd of December 2020, 23:59 CET. On Monday 11th of January 2021, 3 nominees from each of the 9 participating countries will be contacted to confirm their participation and send further information. Should you have been selected, you will have 3 calendar days to contact us. Kindly note that if you do not respond, your nomination will be offered to another applicant. The pre-selected nominees will be announced on Thursday 21st of January 2021. For further inquiries, please contact us at info[at]hemimusichub.eu