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Open Call INES#talent 2021

16 July 2020

The Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES) has issued an open call for its young artist pool INES#talent.

20 European showcase festivals will award over 70 slots to artists from the INES#talent pool in 2021. Showcase festivals are national events of the music industry that offer a platform for the discovery of artists, business contacts and education. They combine live music performances, conference programmes and trade fairs. The complete list of participating showcase festivals and countries is available here.

About INES

The network strives for a truly diverse music scene, cultural exchange in Europe and international live experiences. INES is committed to the promotion of talent and international synergies for music creators and artists throughout Europe. Since 2017 the Creative Europe co-financed programme provides the infrastructure for international talent discovery - initiated by the Berlin-based tech company gigmit together with 8 European showcase festivals: MENT Ljubljana (SI), Sonic Visions (LU), Monkey Week (ES), Westway LAB (PT), Liverpool Sound City (UK), Waves Vienna (AU), Enea Spring Break (PL) and Live at Heart (SE). In the meantime, INES has grown significantly and is now a network of 20 showcase festivals in 19 European countries.
The Call

The new INES#talents 2021 will be announced in October. The 20 showcase festivals of the participating countries will then choose live acts from the INES#talent pool for their international line-up. Over 70 slots are reserved for INES#talents. Contrary to common practice, festival tickets and a conference pass, catering and hotel costs will be covered for INES#talents.

A minimum fee of 250€ as well as the basic backline is guaranteed. INES#talents present their music to industry experts and decision-makers from all over Europe. Each of the INES partner festivals nominates between two and ten promising and export-ready artists from their own country for the INES#talent pool. In 2021 all INES#festivals will book international artists from the common talent pool. In this way, 349 artists have been selected as INES#talents so far. 187 of them have already been booked for INES#festivals and thus received the opportunity to tour in Europe and reach audiences outside their home countries.
Applications deadline is 31 July.
Find out more and apply here!

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