Showcase Festivals

PRIMAVERA 2024

Flying Moon in Space, May 30 2024 @ Pati De Les Dones, Barcelona (© Clara Orozco)

PRIMAVERA 2024

Import Export, May 30 2024 @ Pati De Les Dones, Barcelona (© Clara Orozco)

PRIMAVERA 2024

Ilgen-Nur, May 29 2024 @ Paral Lel 62, Barcelona (© Clara Orozco)

SHARPE 2024

MINK, April 27 2024 @ Park de Palma, Bratislava (© Ondrej Koscik)

SHARPE 2024

The Dharma Chain, April 27 2024 @ Park de Palma, Bratislava (© Marty Tomiga)

SXSW 2024

Sofi Paez, Mar 12 2024 @ Central Presbyterian Church, Austin (© Bruno Jubin)

SXSW 2024

Lisa Morgenstern, Mar 12 2024 @ Central Presbyterian Church, Austin (© Bruno Jubin)

SXSW 2024

Grandbrothers, Mar 12 2024 @ Central Presbyterian Church, Austin (© Bruno Jubin)

SXSW 2024

Nils Hoffmann, Mar 13 2024 @ Coconut Club Rooftop, Austin (© Bruno Jubin)

SXSW 2024

Session Victim Live, Mar 13 2024 @ Coconut Club Rooftop, Austin (© Bruno Jubin)

SXSW 2024

Meagre Martin, Mar 15 2024 @ Shangri-La, Austin (© Bruno Jubin)

Eine Frau mit Gitarre sing in ein Mikrofon, daneben spielt ein Mann Gitarre und dahinter sitzt ein Schlagzeuger. ESNS 2024

THALA, Jan 19 2024 @ Vera, Groningen (© Initiative Musik)

Eine Frau steht auf einer Bühne und spielt Gitarre. ESNS 2024

BROCKHOFF, Jan 17 2024 @ MAAS, Groningen (© Niels Knelis)

Foto von einer Networking Veranstaltung in einer großen Halle. ESNS 2024

German Breakfast, Jan 20 2024, Groningen (© Initiative Musik)

Ein Mann spielt Gitarre und singt in ein Mikrofon. ESNS 2024

Wax Museum, Jan 19 2024 @ PLATOSONIC, Groningen (© Siese Veenstra)

Live-Act ÄTNA auf der Bühne BIME 2023

ÄTNA, Oct 26 2023 @ Dock, Bilbao (© Olga Ruiz)

Live Act Jembaa Groove BIME 2023

JEMBAA GROOVE, Oct 25 2023 @ Kafe Antzokia (© Olga Ruiz)

Gruppe von Personen unterhält sich bei einem Netzwerktreffen BIME 2023

Networking, Oct 25 2023 @ BIME, Bilbao (© Olga Ruiz)

Person hält einen Vortrag vor einem Publikum BIME 2023

Pitching Session, Oct 25 2023 @ BIME, Bilbao (© Olga Ruiz)

Eine Frau spielt Gitarre und singt in ein Mikrofon, daneben steht ein Bassist und singt ebenfalls in ein Mikrofon. WAVES VIENNA

Meagre Martin, 2023 @ Rhiz, Vienna (©Thomas Ranner)

We at Initiative Musik use our export programmes and projects to promote both musicians and music companies in distributing their repertoire abroad. Since 2010, this has included the flagship project GERMANY AT SXSW, the German joint presentation of the cultural and creative industries at the world's largest showcase festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. We are also involved in international networks such as ESNS Exchange and European Music Exporters Exchange (EMEE) and participate in other internationally relevant conferences and showcase festivals with activities and programmes.
Here you can find more information about our current showcase cooperations:

BIME 2024

The Spanish showcase festival BIME will (Bizkaia International Music Experience) will take place in Bilbao from October 29 to November 1, 2024. In addition to showcases by artists from around the world, there will also be an extensive conference program. The event will be attended not only by professionals from Spain and Europe, but also by numerous participants from Latin America.
We will be there with a German delegation and with wonderful acts from Germany.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Good news for artists and bands from Germany!  Together with BIME we invite you to be part of BIME Bilbao from October 29 – November 1.
Take the chance to present your talent to an international audience on Bilbao’s showcase stages and apply until June 19.

Please note: The selected acts should be accompanied by a manager/artist representative who will actively participate in the networking activities taking place during the event. This representative is required to attend a pitching session organized by GERMAN MUSIC EXPORT at BIME and present the act to the international audience.

APPLY HERE.

CALL FOR DELEGATES

Interested music professionals from Germany can apply by July 15, 2024, 11:59pm to attend BIME 2024 as part of a German delegation.

This offer is aimed in particular at professionals from the fields of management, booking, PR, label, music publishing and distribution whose professional activities are directly linked to the promotion of German or German-based artists and who would like to expand their international activities and extend their networks.

All selected applicants will receive

  • a free BIME PRO Pass
  • the opportunity to participate in a pitching session organized by German Music Export and other networking activities (participation in the networking following the pitching session is required)

and will be informed in due time after the application deadline.

If the requirements are met, up to 50% of the travel expenses can also be covered by the GO! Export funding program (a separate application for funding must be submitted via the application portal).

APPLY HERE.

WOMEX 2024

One of the world’s largest music fairs, WOMEX, will take place in Manchester, UK this year from October 23-27, 2024.
The wide range of conference programs and showcases attracts over 2500 music professionals every year. 

As part of our cooperation for this year’s 30th edition of WOMEX, we will be present with our own presence area and a German delegation. 

CALL FOR DELEGATES

Interested music professionals from Germany can apply by June 19, 2024 11:59pm to attend WOMEX 2024 as part of our German delegation.

All selected applicants will receive

  • a discount on the WOMEX registration (discount price: 280€ + VAT)
  • the possibility to use the GERMAN MUSIC EXPORT stand as a meeting and working point

Co-exhibitor applications will be answered promptly after receipt. The number of discount registrations is limited, we therefore recommend early registration.

If the requirements are met, up to 50% of the costs of travel and accreditation can also be covered through our GO! Export funding program (separate submission of a funding application in German via the application portal necessary.)

APPLY HERE.

PRIMAVERA PRO 2024

As part of a our cooperation with Primavera Pro we had the opportunity to present three german acts within the showcase program of Primavera Pro in Barcelona.

FLYING MOON IN SPACE
GENRE
Indie, Experimental
DATE
29/05/2024_3:20 pm
LOCATION
PATI DE LES DONES
LOOKING FOR
Festivalbooking EU, Booking Agents, Promotors
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Ilgen-Nur
GENRE
Indie Rock
DATE
28/05/2024_7:30 pm
LOCATION
PARAL·LEL 62
LOOKING FOR
Festivalbooking
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Import Export
GENRE
Indie, Electronic, House, LoFi-HipHop
DATE
29/05/2024_4:10 pm
LOCATION
PATI DE LES DONES
LOOKING FOR
Festivalbooking, Labels
WEBSITE
CONTACT
THE GREAT ESCAPE 2024

Taking place in Brighton, England from May 15 – 18, 2024, The Great Escape Festival is the new music festival where 500 emerging artists from around the world perform at more than 30 walk-in venues in the city and at a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach. In addition to a colorful showcase program, there was also a conference for all music professionals with numerous networking opportunities.
Through our International Tour Funding program, we were able to support four German acts (Aka Kellz, BROCKHOFF, Ferge x Fisherman and Philine Sonny) on their trip to Brighton this year.
These acts performed at the ZEITGEIST Showcase, which is organized by RockCity Hamburg e.V., Musicboard Berlin, popNRW and the Verband für Popkultur in Bayern.

German Acts @ The Great Escape

AKA KELZZ (ZEITGEIST Showcase)
ATRIP
BROCKHOFF (ZEITGEIST Showcase)
FERGE X FISHERMAN (ZEITGEIST Showcase)
KATHLEN MORRISON
LAWNS
PHILINE SONNY (ZEITGEIST Showcase)
SPARKLING

 

SHARPE 2024

SHARPE Festival took place from April 25 – 27, 2024 in Bratislava. Promising Slovak and international artists of various genres performed their showcases. Through a diverse conference program, music professionals from all over Europe learned from each other and discussed the latest topics and trends in the music industry in panels, workshops, presentations and networking sessions.

As part of a cooperation between GERMAN MUSIC EXPORT and SHARPE, four acts from Germany were presented in the 2024 showcase program.

© Nur Ein Test
Jessica Kert
GENRE
Electronic, Techno
DATE
27/04/2024_12:00 am
LOCATION
365 bank stage
WEBSITE
MINK
GENRE
Indie
DATE
27/04/2024_8:00 pm
LOCATION
Park de Palma
LOOKING FOR
Festivalbookings, Support Slots
WEBSITE
CONTACT
The Dharma Chain
GENRE
Psychedelic Rock
DATE
27/04/2024_9:20 pm
LOCATION
Park de Palma
LOOKING FOR
Festival and concert booking agency
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Opium Hum
GENRE
Electronic
DATE
27/04/2024_1:20 am
LOCATION
365 bank stage
CONTACT
JAZZAHEAD! / GERMAN JAZZ EXPO 2024

jazzahead! takes place in Bremen and is the world’s largest meeting place for the jazz industry, around 2,800 international trade participants, with its own international showcase program and accompanying festival. With its focus on jazz and the scope of the showcase concerts, jazzahead! has earned worldwide reputation.

Since 2012, the export module for German jazz, the German Jazz Expo, takes place at jazzahead!,  Jazz made in Germany receives national and international visibility at the event. The German Jazz Expo includes eight annual jury-selected showcase concerts by German bands, to which international promoters and media representatives are specifically invited, the large communal area German Market and a conference program with topics most relevant to the scene.

Click here to get to the jazzahead! showcase program.

Julia Kadel Trio
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
12/04/2024_4:45 pm
LOCATION
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
WEBSITE
Philip Dornbuschs Projektor
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
12/04/2024_9:00 pm
LOCATION
Hall 7.1
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Shuteen Erdenebaatar Quartet
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
13/04/2024_10:15 pm
WEBSITE
CONTACT
GANNA
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
13/04/2024_8:45 pm
LOCATION
Hall 7.1
WEBSITE
Rebecca Trescher Tentett
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
12/04/2024_4:00 pm
LOCATION
Hall 7.2
WEBSITE
Sebastian Gramss' METEORS
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
13/04/2024_2:30 pm
LOCATION
Hall 7.1
WEBSITE
MASAA
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
12/04/2024_10:30 pm
LOCATION
Hall 7.1
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Alexandra Ivanova Trio
GENRE
Jazz
DATE
13/04/2024_7:15 pm
LOCATION
Hall 7.2
WEBSITE
SXSW 2024

For more information on our presentation at South by Southwest (SXSW) click here.

If you have any questions about SXSW 2024, feel free to send an email to contact@germanmusic-sxsw.com

MENT 2024

MENT Ljubljana is one of the leading showcase festivals and music conferences in Central and Eastern Europe and the largest event of its kind in the region. The tenth edition took place this year from February 21 – 24,  2024 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In addition to showcases by a large number of artists from all over Europe, there was an extensive international conference programme attended by professionals from over 30 countries. As part of a cooperation between GERMAN MUSIC EXPORT and MENT, three acts from Germany were presented in the showcase program in 2024. In addition, music professionals from Germany who want to expand their export activities in the (Eastern) European market had the opportunity to take part in the event as part of the German delegation and network through specific networking formats.

German Artists @ MENT
Kara Delik
GENRE
Anatolian Kraut
DATE
22/02/2024_11:00 pm
LOCATION
Channel Zero
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys
GENRE
Alt Pop, Dark Wave
DATE
22/02/2024_9:30 pm
LOCATION
Gala hala
WEBSITE
CONTACT
nand
GENRE
Electropop, Indie-/Synth-Pop
DATE
23/02/2024_9:30 pm
LOCATION
Channel Zero
WEBSITE
CONTACT
German Delegation @ MENT
Hanna Döring - Kumpels & Friends / Booking
GENRE
Psych, Rock, Garage, Indie, Folk
LOOKING FOR
Festivals, Contacts Eastern Europe, Equal Rights
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Ruben Bauer - SOUNDSGOOD Music Agency / Management, Booking, Promotion
GENRE
Jazz-Crossover
LOOKING FOR
Festival and Venue contacts
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Tinka Steinhoff - Tinka Steinhoff Booking / Booking Agency
GENRE
Jazz, Folk, Contemporary
LOOKING FOR
Festival and Club promoters
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Samira Wacker - dq agency / Booking Agency and Festival
GENRE
Indie, Electronica, Post-Punk, Rap
LOOKING FOR
International exchange
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Antonio Cárdenas - Heartfelt Management / Management and Consulting
GENRE
Indie Pop, Folk, Classic
LOOKING FOR
Festival contacts and promoters
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Gözde Akgün - AHOI artists & events / Artist Management, Booking, Event Management
GENRE
World, Jazz, Blues
LOOKING FOR
Festival contacts
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Lilia Ohls - Tapete Records & Howdy Partner / Booking, Label
GENRE
Indie, Punk, Pop, Krautrock, Electronic
LOOKING FOR
Shows abroad, New acts, New international contacts
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Uwe Hager - o-tone music / Booking, Label, Publishing, Promotion, Coaching
GENRE
Jazz, World, Indie, Singer Songwriter
LOOKING FOR
International Booking
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Chris W. Burr - HOTELLOUNGE / Concert Agency
GENRE
Indie Pop, Neoclassic, Modern Jazz
LOOKING FOR
New Talents
WEBSITE
CONTACT
ESNS 2024

With the aim of supporting musicians and festivals in their internationalisation, the Initiative Musik is the official German representation at ESNS Exchange. The EU programme opens up new perspectives for all performing musicians at Eurosonic (ESNS) in Groningen (Netherlands).

The showcase festival takes place every year in January and is one of the industry meetings for the international music scene. Selected bands get the unique chance to showcase themselves to an international audience of professionals. Concerts arranged through Eurosonic are funded by the EU programme ESNS Exchange. For the participating festivals, this creates a strong additional incentive to book European newcomers.

The project funds for the participation of the Initiative Musik in ESNS Exchange are made available through the budget of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

Amistat
GENRE
Indie Folk, Alternative Indie
DATE
18/01/2024_12:50 am
LOCATION
Stadsschouwburg
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Betterov
GENRE
Indie Rock
DATE
18/01/2024_8:10 pm
LOCATION
Forum Rabostudio
WEBSITE
CONTACT
BROCKHOFF
GENRE
Indie Rock
DATE
17/01/2024_8:50 pm
LOCATION
Maas FRONT
WEBSITE
CONTACT
CATT
GENRE
Indie Pop
DATE
20/01/2024_12:10 am
LOCATION
Grand Theatre Up
WEBSITE
CONTACT
ClockClock
GENRE
International Pop
DATE
19/01/2024_12:50 am
LOCATION
Stadsschouwburg
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Eddington Again
GENRE
Soul, Rap, R&B, Experimental
DATE
18/01/2024_9:30 pm
LOCATION
Simplon Main
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Get Jealous
GENRE
Pop Punk
DATE
17/01/2024_10:10 pm
LOCATION
Maas FRONT
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Güner Künier
GENRE
Elektropunk, Psychedelic
DATE
18/01/2024_7:30 pm
LOCATION
Mutua Fides
WEBSITE
CONTACT
iedereen
GENRE
Post Punk, Indie Punk
DATE
19/01/2024_12:00 am
LOCATION
All Round
WEBSITE
CONTACT
KAMRAD
GENRE
Pop
DATE
19/01/2024_10:10 pm
LOCATION
Stadsschouwburg
WEBSITE
CONTACT
orbit
GENRE
Electronic Indie
DATE
19/01/2024_11:30 pm
LOCATION
Mutua Fides
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Shapednoise
GENRE
Electronic
DATE
18/01/2024_11:30 pm
LOCATION
Simplon Upstairs
WEBSITE
CONTACT
THALA
GENRE
Indie
DATE
19/01/2024_8:10 pm
LOCATION
VERA
WEBSITE
CONTACT
The Winston Brothers
GENRE
Funk, Instrumental
DATE
17/01/2024_10:50 pm
LOCATION
Machinefabriek
WEBSITE
CONTACT
Wax Museum
GENRE
DIY Disco
DATE
20/01/2024_1:30 am
LOCATION
Forum Rabostudio
WEBSITE
CONTACT
ADE 2023

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) took place again this year in the Netherlands from October 18 – 22 . The focus of the ADE was on electronic music. There has also been conferences, workshops and lectures for professionals and artists.
This year, our International Tour Funding supported the artists ÄTNALISA LUKA, AFARSYLVIE MAZIARZBiMän and KOMFORTRAUSCHEN, who had the opportunity to present their talent to an international audience at showcase festivals. As supported professionals SPRINGSTOFFHenMountain Musicproduction, Ilona Diefenbach and Marina Zakharevitch participated in the festival and conference program.

WAVES VIENNA 2023

The international showcase festival Waves Vienna took place again from September 7-9, 2023. In cooperation with the regional pop music funding bodies Musicboard Berlin, popNRW, Pop-Büro – Region Stuttgart, RockCity Hamburg and Verband für Popkultur in Bayern, we will present artists and bands from Germany.

With the acts Berq, Dolphin LoveJamila & The Other HeroesLokiSerpentin and Thala, further artists from Germany have been part of the Waves Vienna showcase programme.

Delegates got to meet the bands at the speed meeting session.

Deadlines Showcase Festivals

Application deadlines for other showcase festivals worldwide:

TBA 2024 Application Deadline
REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL, 18.-21.9.2024
Hamburg, Germany
24.06.2024 Application Deadline
ALHAMBRA MONKEY WEEK, 21.-23.11.2024
Sevilla, Spain
31.07.2024 Application Deadline
MONDO NYC, 15.-18.10.2024
New York, USA
31.07.2024 Application Deadline
SQUARE, 29.1.-1.2.2025
Braga, Portugal
01.09.2024 Application Deadline
ESNS, 15.-18.1.2025
Groningen, Netherlands
01.09.2024 Application Deadline
MENT, 12.-15.2.2025
Ljubljana, Slovenia
01.09.2024 Application Deadline
FOCUS WALES, 08-10.05.2025
Wales, UK

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