World Music Showcase

July 4th 2024
powered by UPBEAT

You are an emerging artist in world music looking to grow your music career and expand your international audience? You want to perform in front of the program directors and curators of the best world music festivals and concert venues in Europe? You need new knowledge and expanding your professional contacts? Apply now for the International Showcase for emerging world music artists in Sofia, Bulgaria!

The call for applications for the international showcase for emerging artists in world music is open from 15 January to 09 February 2024. Each accepted application will be evaluated by a 5-member international jury. 12 participants will be selected to participate in the showcase program in Sofia. The selected artists will be announced on March 11, 2024.

The showcase will be held on July 4, 2024 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Showcase participation includes live performance, educational module, conference, speed meetings with the delegates and networking sessions on 4th and 5th July 2024.

Eligible participants are legal residents* of one of the eligible countries:
* regardless of their origin and country of birth worldwide

  • All EU countries
  • Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, Armenia, Tunisia, Ukraine

Emerging artist: European* “emerging artist” is one who fulfills at least 5 of the below conditions:

  • max 3 albums released
  • the release of the applicant artist/band’s first album is after 15 January 2019
  • no more than 20.000 followers on either of their social media channels
  • the average age of band members does not exceed 35 years
  • had at least one concert in a professional setting
  • the band did not go on an international tour of 10 gigs
  • the band does not have a contract with a non-national record label
  • the band has an up-to-date web presence (website, social media)

12 artists/bands will be selected for the Showcase. Selected artists/bands for the showcase will receive:

  • a budget of 500€ (contract & invoice required)
  • hotel accommodation for 3 nights (3-4-5 July 2024) in double / triple rooms
  • full access to the festival area, conference, networking sessions and delegates data base
  • video recording of the showcase performance

Deadline: 09 February

For more information:

A to JazZ Festival is part of UPBEAT – The European Showcase Platform for World Music. Our showcase is supported by National Culture Fund of Bulgaria, Upbeat and the European Union.

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