Call for musicians

The second round of application for Balkan Music Export Programme will be open in September 2021. If you’re interested in applying, sign up for the monthly MOST newsletter on the bottom of the page.

For more information check out the first round call and browse our current artists below – ten amazing bands.

Important information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation:

In view of the current international situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) we would like to clarify that all the programmes that are part of MOST’s four-year project will still be going ahead. Events that are affected by travel restrictions will be postponed or held online.

ABOUT THE CALL – now closed 

The Balkan Music Export stream aims to help artists, events and professionals to connect to the global music market and benefit from it. The project aims to jump-start the international career of artists in several waves. Every year, 10 artists will be enrolled in this program to receive support and greater visibility, and also to build up publicity for world music from the Balkans.

The project’s scope in the Balkan region includes the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. 

Please note that the working language of the project is English. 

What we offer:

  • 5-day long training course on band management and artist portfolio (date and venue will be confirmed soon)
  • participation at WOMEX 2020 in Budapest
  • financial support for creating a new artist portfolio (photo, video & audio materials)
  • one-year long mentorship programme with the most recognised music professionals from Europe
  • feature on MOST Artist Selection CD issued by Songlines, and in all WOMEX 2020 delegate bags
  • potential access to a dedicated slot for a limited number of Balkan artists at WOMEX 2020
  • financial contribution for participation at international showcases
  • representation through MOST Artist Selection at several regional fairs
  • networking with music professionals and artists from Western-Europe and from the Balkans

What we cover:

  • for training course: travel costs (up to 150 eur/roundtrip/person) and accommodation – max. 2 artists/band
  • for participating at WOMEX 2020: travel costs (up to 150 eur/roundtrip/person),  accommodation and registration fee – max. 2 artists/band
  • for new artist portfolio: 3000 eur/band
  • for performing at WOMEX 2020: 3000 eur/band for WOMEX registration fee, travel costs (up to 150 eur/roundtrip/person) and accommodation
  • for international showcases: 3000 eur/band for travel and accommodation costs, and registration fees

Selection criteria: 

  • artist’s international potential 
  • diversity of selected artists by style, to match the profile of showcase events
  • popularity/artistic quality
  • long-term engagement with the project 
  • artist’s basic infrastructure (web, communication ..)
  • artist’s local audience size 
  • quality of existing audio and video material (technical and artistically) 
  • diversity of selected artists by sub-scenes in world music (e.g. sevdah, brass bands, etc.) 
  • diversity of selected artists by gender 
  • diversity of selected artists by geography 

How to apply?

When the call is open, please fill the application form below.

Deadline: 17/05/2020

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

Activities in the program: 

1, CALL: An open call will be announced for world music bands and artists, to apply to the Balkan Music Export Program. 

2, SELECTION: 10 music productions will be selected by the Jury and the Mentors, then they start working with the artists. 

3, MENTORSHIP: Mentors develop the steps for the artists’ marketing and management strategies, assist them in choosing the showcase festival that can have the biggest impact on the artist’s carrier, and accompany them to international events, introducing them to music managers and giving them professional advice. They act as the artists’ ‘ambassador’ in the professional world during the mentoring period.

4, TRAINING COURSE: At the beginning of autumn artists get a week-long training, based on the following elements: production; communication with audience; digital presence. The program also functions as a workshop, where artists have the chance to work closely together and inspire each other.

5, WORK ON AUDIO AND VISUAL PROMO MATERIALS: Mentors and artists work on the “press kits”, online presence and new recordings and videos. After they finish the new records, a special edition Songlines promo CD will be published along with promo videos of the bands on-line.

6, WOMEX 2020: Besides attending the concerts and the conference, artists will have the chance to meet the participants of Management Training programme and network with all the mentors and jury members of MOST. Also, they’ll have potential access to a dedicated slot for a limited number of Balkan artists at WOMEX 2020.

7, PARTICIPATION AT REGIONAL SHOWCASES: Under the mentoring program artists will have the support to be introduced in at least one major European showcase. Three of the partner organizations will also invite 3-3 artists to their own festivals: BOZAR in Brussels, Budapest Ritmo and WOMEX. Also, dedicated professionals will represent all the selected artists at regional fairs.


Open call


Showcase artists selected for the program will get professional training and mentoring, assistance with artist portfolio and access to major professional and networking events. The artists will be chosen via a thorough and transparent selection process, and will be featured at the Balkan Showcase in Novi Sad in 2021, and at the MOST Showcase event in 2023.

Selected Artist

True, unadulterated talent, and gallons of untapped potential, ready for international attention – check out the ten amazing bands and artists that were selected for the first round of the Balkan Music Export pillar of the MOST Music programme in 2020. These MOST artists were featured on a Selection CD in the November 2020 issue of Songlines magazine.

See the Artists


Would you like to know more?

If you have any questions, check our FAQ page or contact us at email address.


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