xa export nominees 2022

This year, for the sixth time, the XA – EXPORT AWARD will be presented as part of WAVES VIENNA 2022. The aim of the award is to support Austrian musicians at an early stage of their career. A special focus is on helping them to make the step out of Austria to reach an international level after building a national base. Find out who this year’s nominees are!

Nominees 2022

Waves and Austrian Music Export are proud to present this year’s nominees for the XA – Export Award 2022.

The six domestic artists nominated for the XA Export award this year are:


Each act will play a 45 minute set at the Waves Festival and international jurors from a pool of booking agents, festival promoters, journalists and label operators will choose the best performance.

The winner of the XA will receive 3,500 euros and the promise of support from Austrian Music Export, FM4 and Waves Festival for the following year and to perform at partner festivals and showcases and will also be nominated as a Focus Act within the framework of Austrian Music Export by the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport and receive travel support in the amount of 5,000 euros for international performances.

Florence Arman wins the XA Music Award 2021 (c) Patrick Münnich
Florence Arman wins the XA Music Award 2021 (c) Patrick Münnich


The award was initiated by Waves Vienna in 2017 and is a cooperation between mica – music austria, Austrian Music Export, Austro Mechana/SKE FondsRadio FM4 and Waves Vienna.

The aim is to support Austrian artists at an early stage of their career and, after building a national base, to help them make the step out of Austria to international level.

All previous winners and nominees of the XA Music Export Awards can be found here.

Nominees’ live shows at Waves 2022

Thursday, 8. Sep. 2022:

Berglind, 19:45-20:30,  The Loft Main Floor
Farce, 21:45-22:30, WUK Foyer
Lisa Pac, 21:00-21:45, WUK Halle presented by CANAL+, Warner Music Night

Friday, 9. Sep. 2022:

Oskar Haag, 20:30-21:15, WUK Foyer

Saturday, 10. Sep. 2022:

Bibiza, 22:15-23:00, WUK Halle presented by CANAL+
W1ZE, 23:00-23:45, WUK Foyer

Video: W1Ze – Lost
Video: FARCE – Trophy Wife
Video: BIBIZA – “Opernring Blues” (official)
Video: BERGLIND – Träum lauter
Video: Lisa Pac – Bedroom (official)
Video: Oskar Haag – The Summer We Need


Tickets to the Waves Festival can be found here.