How does the COVID-19 affect the programs?

All the programs that are part of MOST’s four-year project will still be going ahead, and applications are still open. Events that are affected by travel restrictions will be postponed or held online. We will notify you of new venues, dates and formats as soon as we have finalised them. Thank you for your understanding.

Why are Greece, Slovenia and Turkey not included in the list of Balkan countries?

In the MOST project, Balkans are not necessarily defined in geographic terms but as an area that shares the same music market challenges. As far as we are concerned, Greece, Slovenia and Turkey are different in this sense.

Can I apply for several Programs at the same time? (eg. apply to Balkan Music Export and Management Training)

Yes, applying simultaneously to several pillars is accepted. But please take into account, that in case of oversubscription those applicants who have successfully applied for another pillar will be subordinated.

Am I allowed to submit my application without being fully involved in the world music scene?

Yes, but please note that in order to hand in a valid application your music has to be somehow connected to world, ethno or traditional music or related genres (e.g. jazz). But musical genres have a fluid nature and we absolutely respect it. So, if you feel you are related to this scene, don’t hesitate to apply and will listen to what you’ve got to say with open ears.

Will all the musicians in Balkan Music Exchange Program get a chance to play on WOMEX or other showcases?

WOMEX: At WOMEX 2020 (held in Budapest), there will be a dedicated slot for MOST artists where a few of them will have the chance to perform (min 1 max 3 concerts).

Showcases: Every selected artist/band will have the chance to receive 3000 eur (eligible for travel and accommodation costs and registration fees) if their application for an international showcase is successful. At Budapest Ritmo international showcase festival there will be a dedicated slot for MOST artists every year (min 1 max 3 concerts).

From which countries can festivals apply for the Festival Exchange Program as a counterpart?

Eligible countries include member states of the European Union and also some non-EU countries. For more information about eligible non-EU countries please visit the relevant page of Creative Europe.  

What kind of project ideas can be supported by the Urban Policies Program?

The jury is open to any idea which is strengthening the local music scene and fostering the social and municipal support for local music projects. The project can be both an event and a long-term improvement, but please note that sustainable project ideas are preferred.

For example, a project encouraging quality live music in the HORECA sector or wall paintings promoting local artists or events can also be accepted by the Program.

What type of collaboration is expected with the local municipality?

The applicants should have the capacity to involve the local municipalities as stakeholders in the process. It doesn’t necessarily mean financial contribution, but policy change, permits or other in kind contributions as well. 

Besides these, one representative of the municipality has to take part at the second training event, planned in October 2020.

Do I have to apply with a pair for the Urban Policies call?

Urban creatives can apply on their own but when handing in the application they have to confirm that they will involve a policy-maker from their local environment later in the process.

What can I use the support for?

The support can be spent for any type of costs related directly to the implementation of the project without any restrictions.

What is the exact amount of the support?

The support has a maximum amount of 5.000 EUR/project, but the jury has the right to award lower amounts depending on the budget and the size of the project.

Which organisations will be involved in the fellowships?

The list of hosting organisations will be finalised by the end of the year but some well-recognised project partners such as Hangvető (Budapest, Hungary) or Songlines Magazine (London, UK) have already confirmed their willingness.

May I apply if I haven’t yet managed any bands or worked with festivals, but I am eager to learn about this profession?

Yes, you are more than welcome! 

If you have any questions, please contact us by writing to the email address.

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