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MICA News - Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival 2013

Call for Submissions – Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival 2013 / European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP).

Musicians and their labels/managements/agents are invited to apply for a live performance at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival 2013, which will take place from the 9th – 12th of January 2013 in Groningen (NL).

What is Eurosonic Noorderslag?
Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s largest showcase festival and the most important platform for the European live music industry.

What is ETEP?
A project to promote young talents from different genres.
ETEP (European Talent Exchange Program) is based on the international cooperation of music export offices, festivals and radio stations of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). These select the most promising local newcomers (bands can also apply directly) to perform at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. About 200 bands gather each year in front of an audience of 18,000 visitors, more than 50 festival organizers, 25 radio stations, 180 journalists and more than 2,800 professionals (labels, bookers, publishers, etc.) of the European music industry.

With the participation of the Austrian Music Information Centre mica – music austria (www.musicaustria.at) and the Austrian Music Fund (www.musikfonds.at) as project co-organizers of ETEP, the Austrian presence at this important conference and showcase platform of the European live music industry  is guaranteed for the next 4 years. In the years 2012-2016  at least 20 local bands will perform at the festival, which sets the city of Groningen in the Netherlands in the center of the European music scene for four days in January.

How can I apply?

All acts who want to perform at the festival must, in any case, apply directly to Eurosonic Noorderslag before the 1st of September:

The Austrian ETEP partners, mica – music austria, the Austrian Music Fund, Radio FM4, the FM4 Frequency Festival and the Nova Rock festival, will choose  5-10 acts by the end of August, which will they send to the program committee of Eurosonic as a collective Austrian submission. Thus, this is a guarantee for Eurosonic that these acts will be supported by all local partners.

To be a part of the selection for this Austrian submission, we will require:

Digital submission per e-mail to:
Subject: “European Talent Exchange Project”


  • Information material on the artists (including link to website)
  • Link to audio material (eg. Soundcloud, Dropbox etc.) and live recordings (eg. YouTube, Vimeo)

NOTE: Please do not attach files to the email – too many simultaneous submissions will overload the server!

  • Press clips (if available)
  • Contact details

Or by mail to:
mica – music austria
“European Talent Exchange Project”
Stiftgasse 29
1070 Vienna


  • Information on the artists (including link to website)
  • Sound material (CD or LP)
  • Press clips (if available)
  • Contact details (including email address)

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2012.

Selection of the Artists:

The final decision on who will perform at the festival is made by the Eurosonic Committee.

All who submit directly to us will be informed by e-mail whether they have been included in the selection of the Austrian ETEP partner.

When does it makes sense to apply to ETEP?

There are many promising acts that apply for Eurosonic before they are really able to take advantage of this opportunity. From our perspective, it is advisable to think carefully about when to apply -  after all, this project will still be around for the next few years. We recommend that you consider the following things:

The music should fit: Eurosonic Noorderslag is a festival for the genres of alternative, pop, rock, metal, electronic and hip hop.

The professional environment should fit: artists without the support of a label, management or a booking agency have a hard time to get something sustainable out of the performance and bring the right people to the concert.

The band should be ready for export: bands that have (almost) never played internationally and do not already have some existing international partners in the areas of sales, promotion agency, booking, etc., should not perform at Eurosonic.

The international competition there is enormous – bands play simultaneously in up to 30 different locations, including acts that are already internationally hyped as the next big stars.

For questions please contact:
Franz Hergovich / mica – music austria
tel +43 (01) 52104.51, fax +43 (01) 52104.59,
Email: hergovich@musicaustria.at

For more information about the project:
www.etep.nl | www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

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