The New Austrian Sound of Music – in short NASOM – is a long-term sponsorship program by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA), promoting young emerging Austrian and Austria-based bands and musicians performing abroad.
The aim of NASOM is to offer biennial support for international performances of promising young talents with the help of a global network of embassies, cultural forums and consulates. A further objective of NASOM is to draw more attention to the fact that Austrian music creation – beyond the traditional – is as vibrant, modern and culturally diverse as ever.
Every two years, the young artists accepted for this program are selected in cooperation with the organization mica – music austria and local music universities. Participants of this sponsorship program are chosen from the genres classical, jazz, world, contemporary and pop music.
Selected Artists Overview
SELECTED ARTISTS FOR NASOM 2020/2021
The 25 nominations for the seventh edition of The New Austrian Sound of Music – NASOM 2020/2021 have now been made public.
A panel of experts worked together with mica – music austria and Austrian music universities to identify the five best acts in the genres of classical music, jazz, pop/electronic, contemporary music and world music.
For 2020/2021, the following ensembles were chosen:
NASOM 2020/2021 brochure
SELECTED ARTISTS FOR NASOM 2018/2019
The 25 nominations for the sixth edition of “The New Austrian Sound of Music” (NASOM) for 2018/19 have now been made public. NASOM is a funding program for Austrian artists supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA). Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz is particularly excited by the quality of the nominees: “The young musicians are an excellent representation of the breadth and diversity of Austrian music. It is particularly fortunate that this year many artists from the genres of pop/electronic and jazz have applied.”
A panel of experts worked together with mica – music austria and Austrian music universities to identify the five best acts in the genres of classical music, jazz, pop/electronic, contemporary music and world music. NASOM was initiated by the BMEIA 15 years ago to support newcomers in the Austrian music scene. The 25 acts will receive support from the Austrian embassies and consulates of the BMEIA in their performances abroad. This includes suggestions of promoters and festivals as well as the organisation of concerts. The support provides a significant jump-start to young musicians on the way to international performances.
For 2018-19, the following ensembles were chosen:
SELECTED ARTISTS FOR NASOM 2016/2017
Ramsch und Rosen, BartolomeyBittmann, Edi Nulz, Schallfeld, Kids n Cats – these are a few of the 25 young Austrians musicians and ensembles selected for the funding program NASOM – THE NEW AUSTRIAN SOUND OF MUSIC 2016/2017. Now in its 5th edition, this biennal initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA) provides tour support for international performances of young Austrian and Austria-based musicians and ensembles over the period of two years.
The young artists were chosen from the genres classical, jazz, pop, contemporary and world music. The selection was made by a jury of music industry experts and in collaboration with the Austrian Music Information Centre mica – music austria.
SELECTED ARTISTS FOR NASOM 2014/2015
NASOM – The New Austrian Sound Of Music is a special funding program of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs that offers tour support for young Austrian musicians performing abroad. 20 ensembles, bands and musicians from the genres pop/rock/electronic, jazz/improvisation, world music and contemporary music were selected for this program and will receive increased financial aid for international performances in the years 2014 and 2015.