Apply for Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016

Musicians and their labels/managements/agents are invited to apply for a live performance at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival 2016, which will take place from January 13 – 16 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. Over 300 bands gather each year in front of an audience of 38,500 visitors, more than 80 festival organizers, 30 EBU radio stations, 300 journalists and more than 3,200 professionals (labels, bookers, publishers, etc.) of the European music industry.

With the participation of the Austrian Music Export (the joint initiative of the Austrian Music Information Center mica – music austria and the Austrian Music Fund) as project co-organizers of ETEP, the Austrian presence at this important conference and showcase platform of the European live music industry is guaranteed until 2016. In the years 2012-2016 at least 4 local bands will perform each year at the festival that sets the city of Groningen in the Netherlands into the spotlight of the European music scene for four days in January.

How can I apply?

All acts that want to perform at the festival must apply directly to Eurosonic Noorderslag before the 1st of September.

The Austrian ETEP partners, Austrian Music Export, Radio FM4, the FM4 Frequency Festival, Nova Rock festival and Waves Vienna Festival, will choose the Austrian acts by the end of August to send to the Eurosonic program committee as a collective Austrian submission. Thus, this is a guarantee for Eurosonic that these acts will be supported by all local partners.

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

Digital submission per e-mail to:
Babsi Steiner:
Subject: “European Talent Exchange Program 2016”


  • Information material on the artists (including link to website)
  • Link to audio material (eg. Soundcloud, Dropbox etc.) and live recordings (eg. YouTube, Vimeo)
  • Press clips (if available)
  • Contact details
  • Information on the respective label, distribution, booking agency, management (if available)
  • Release and tour plans for the upcoming months

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

Or per mail to:
Austrian Music Export
c/o mica – music austria
“European Talent Exchange Program 2016”
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)
  • Information on the respective label, distribution, booking agency, management (if available)
  • Release and tour plans for the upcoming months

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2015.

Selection of Artists

The final decision on the performing acts at the festival is made by the Eurosonic Committee.
All who submit to us directly will be informed by e-mail whether they have been included in the selection of the Austrian ETEP partners.

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 big opportunity. From our perspective, it is advisable to think carefully about when to apply – after all, this project will still be around for a few more 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 getting something sustainable out of the performance and bringing 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 existing international partners in the areas of distribution, 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.

In 2014 Austria was the focus country at the Eurosonic Noorderslag and was successfully featured with 18 acts. We recommend the acts that were unfortunately not able to perform at this year’s focus event, but have ever since strongly evolved, to apply again. The booking team of the festival has extensively studied Austrian music and some acts of last year might just have not been quite ready.

For further questions please contact:
Babsi Steiner / Austrian Music Export
tel +43 (01) 52104.51, fax +43 (01) 52104.59,

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