Bild (c) Bart Heemskerk/Eurosonic
Bild (c) Bart Heemskerk/Eurosonic

Musicians and their labels/managements/agents are invited to apply for a live performance at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival 2017, which will take place from January 11–14 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 42,000 visitors, 95 ETEP festival organizers, more than 400 international festivals, 37 EBU radio stations, more than 400 international journalists and 4,000 professionals (labels, bookers, publishers, etc.) of the European music industry.

With the participation of Austrian Music Export 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 2017. In the years 2012-2017 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 2016: Apply for ESNS 2017

Austrian submission

The Austrian ETEP partners – Austrian Music Export, Radio FM4, the FM4 Frequency Festival, Nova Rock Festival, the Szene Openair, and Waves Vienna Festival – will choose a collective Austrian submission to send to the Eurosonic program committee by the end of August. 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 2017”


  • 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) and international partners
  • 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 2017”
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) and international partners
  • Release and tour plans for the upcoming months

Deadline for submissions: June 17, 2016.

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.

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