Open Call for Artists

The MOST Music – Balkan Music Export program supports world music artists and bands from the Balkans region. Are you ready to jump start your international career? Read on!

What do we offer?

  • Upgrading your artist portfolio, including your photo and video materials
  • Guaranteed showcasing opportunities at the most relevant European showcase festivals
  • 1-year-long mentorship programme with the most recognised music professionals from Europe
  • 5-day-long training course
  • Feature on the MOST Selection CD issued by Songlines, promoted via the WOMEX 23 special issue
  • Performing opportunity for a number of selected bands at the Balkan:MOST showcase, held in Veszprém, Hungary, the European Capital of Culture in 2023
  • Networking opportunities with music professionals and artists from Western Europe and from the Balkans
  • Lifetime membership to a vibrant professional community

Who can apply?

  • We are looking for solo artists or groups
  • Applicants must be from the 9 target countries of the MOST Music project
  • This is a long-term program for those who are ready for international promotion.

How to apply?

  • Please make sure to read the Call Text before applying.
  • You may find the Application Guide useful.
  • The final, 3rd round of applications close at midnight, Sunday, 28 August 2022.
  • Please note that unlike previous years, we will not be able to extend the deadline this time.
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Balkan
Music
Export

In the Balkan Music Export pillar, we are constantly looking for new talent among the Balkan region’s world musicians. The program consists of 3 rounds, and in each round we select up to 12 artists who we promote to international audiences.

From niche to mainstream

Balkan world music is a treasury of untapped potential. Although the region is ripe with talent, funding and international networking channels are often not open for artists outside of the European Union. MOST was created to change this. With the support of Creative Europe, the EU’s cultural framework programme, MOST is looking for artists who are already well established in their region, but want international success.

From local to international

In the first two rounds of the Balkan Music Export project, we’ve had many success stories. The Amir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo and Oratnitza were selected for the WOMEX 20 Showcase, playing online for thousands in the first stream edition of the festival. NAKED, a well-known and beloved Serbian band was featured in WOMEX 21, marking the first live MOST showcase concert at WOMEX. The Bosnian sevdah band, Divanhana produced an amazing new album with MOST Music’s support that reached the top of the European and Transglobal World Music Charts. Last but not least, Rodjenice and NAiRUZ was selected for the prestigious Budapest Ritmo Showcase festival.

 

Meet the Balkan Music Export artists

True, unadulterated talent, and gallons of untapped potential, ready for international attention – check out the selection of amazing bands and artists that were selected for the first two rounds of the Balkan Music Export pillar of the MOST Music project.

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2023.09.07. Veszprém, Hungary
#BALKAN:MOST Festival

BALKAN:MOST Festival

Join us at the BALKAN:MOST Festival, Showcase & Conference (7–9 September, 2023) for over 30 memorable performances by the best of Balkan music today! Get your free PRO pass today!

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2022.10.21. WOMEX 22

BALKAN:MOST Showcase Night

Three WOMEX showcase performances supported by MOST Music: Oratnitza [BG], Perija [NK] and Corina Sîrghi și Taraful Jean Americanu [RO].

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2022.10.20. WOMEX 22

The Brand of the Land – WOMEX Conference Session

Chaired by Balázs Weyer (Hungary), Hangvető; with Tino Grasselt (Germany), Tomato Production; Minna Huuskonen (Finland), Minnamurra Music Management & Agency; Marija Vitas (Serbia), World Music Association of Serbia

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2022.10.13. Zagreb, Croatia
#FEX

Maria Mazzotta @ Vrelo Zvuka

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2022.10.01. Parcul Dacia Baia Mare, Romania

Street Music Festival Baia Mare

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2022.09.23. Belgrade, Serbia
#FEX

Ramsch & Rosen @ World Music Festival “Todo Mundo”

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2022.09.14. Komiža, Croatia
#FEX

KERMESZ A L’EST @ Goulash Disko Festival

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2022.09.10. Skopje, Macedonia: Suli An - Old Bazaar

Audiovisual harmony event

Mini project implemented in the framework of the Urban Project Hub, MOST Music’s incubator program for creative cultural project ideas.

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2022.09.02. Ancona, Italy
#FEX

Veja @ Adriatico Mediterraneo Festival

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2022.08.22. Kragujevac, Central Serbia

ESTAM Festival

Mini project implemented in the framework of the Urban Project Hub, MOST Music’s incubator program for creative cultural project ideas.

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2022.08.12. Kragujevac, Serbia
#FEX

Boi Akih @ ESTAM Festival

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2022.08.07. Méra, Romania
#FEX

Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra @ Méra World Music Festival

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2022.07.31. Sofia, Bulgaria (Sofia Central Station) and Novi Sad, Serbia (Fruska Gora)

Contemporary Jazz and Beyond

Mini project implemented in the framework of the Urban Project Hub, MOST Music’s incubator program for creative cultural project ideas.

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2022.07.28. Kato Drys, Cyprus
#FEX

Oratnitza @ Fengaros Festival

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2022.07.24. Montopoli, Italy
#FEX

Saso Popovski Trio @ Musicastrada, sent by Jazz Factory

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2022.07.16. Krems an der Donau, Austria
#FEX

Dzambo Agusevi Orkestar @ Glatt&Verkehrt, sent by Todo Mundo

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2022.07.16. Bánkitó, Hungary
#FEX

Shazalakazoo @ Bánkitó Festival, sent by ESTAM Festival

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2022.07.09. Bitola, North Macedonia
#FEX

Fanfara Station @ Jazz Factory, sent by Musicastrada

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2022.07.09. Novi Sad, Serbia
#BME

Balkan Music Export in-person training

With Dejan Vujinovic, Bojan Dordjevic, Balázs Weyer, and Rok Kosir.

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2022.07.07. Novi Sad, Serbia
#BME

WOMBA showcase @ EXIT Festival

Featuring MOST artists Divanhana, Naked, Shkodra Elektronike, Oranitza, Dina e Mel, E.U.E.R.P.I., Perija, Flying Nomads, The Almir Mešković & Daniel Lazar duo, and Lenhart Tapes.

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2022.07.02. Dojran, North Macedonia
#FEX

Törzs @ D Festival, sent by Valley of Arts

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2022.06.24. Lake Palic, Serbia
#FEX

Black Flower @ Etnofest, sent by Etnosoi!

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2022.06.18. Tirana, Albania
#FEX

Antoni Beksiak & Małgorzata Kaznowska-Filipek @ Artisteve, sent by Gardens of Sounds

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2022.06.13. Online

Balkan Festival Guide 2022 published

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2022.06.12. Katowice, Poland
#FEX

Elena Duni & Rob Luft @ Gardens of Sounds, sent by Artisteve

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2022.05.29. Brussels, Belgium
#FEX

Balkalar @ Balkan Trafik, sent by Goulash Disko + Goulash Disko extra presence @ Balkan Trafik

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2022.05.17. Online
#Urban Project Hub

Urban Project Hub Round 2 selected urban creatives announced

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2022.05.16. Skopje, North Macedonia
#MT

Management Training Round 2 training sessions

With Nikola Jovanovic,Christine Semba, Balázs Weyer, Rok Kosir, Chris Eckman, and the Hangvető MOST team.

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2022.04.09. Budapest, Hungary
#BME

Divanhana @ Budapest Ritmo Showcase

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2022.04.07. Budapest, Hungary
#BME

Rodjenice @ Budapest Ritmo Showcase

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2022.03.02. Online
#MT

Management Training Round 2 selected managers announced

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2022.02.14. Online
#FEX

Festival Exchange Round 2 selected festivals announced

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2022.01.20. Online
#BME

Balkan Music Export Round 2 selected bands announced

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2021.12.12. Lublin, Poland
#FEX

Dunjaluk @ Mikolajki Folkowe Festival, sent by Kamicak Etno Fest

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2021.11.06. Skopje, North Macedonia
#MT

Marin Bosnjak Management Training participant’s traineeship at Password Production

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2021.10.30. Porto, Portugal
#BME

NAKED on the offWOMEX stage @ WOMEX 2021 Showcase

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2021.10.29. Porto, Portugal

WOMEX 2021 round table discussion “The Up and Rising Balkan Festival Landscape”

With Mila Georgieva (Bulgarian Music Association / A to Z Foundation); Login Kociski (Password Production); Ivan Petrovic (EXIT Foundation), chaired by Bojan Djordjevic (Todo Mundo World Music Festival).

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2021.10.15. Sofia, Bulgaria
#MT

Georgi Popov Management Training participant’s traineeship at Bulgarian Music Association

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2021.09.25. Budapest, Hungary
#MT

Zsófia Szerda Management Training participant’s traineeship at Hangvető

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2021.09.23. Novi Sad, Serbia
#Urban Project Hub

Takt Festival, the project of MOST Urban Policy Hub participant Jelena Bozic is successfully completed

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2021.09.23. OPENS Youth Center - Novi Sad, Serbia

TAKT Festival

Mini project implemented in the framework of the Urban Project Hub, MOST Music's incubator program for creative cultural project ideas.

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2021.09.15. Berlin, Germany
#MT

Danilo Grbic Management Training participant’s traineeship at Piranha Art

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2021.09.03. Kragujevac, Serbia
#Urban Project Hub

ESTAM Festival, the project of MOST Urban Policy Hub participant Alexandra Pavlovic is successfully completed

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2021.08.28. Sinj, Croatia
#FEX

Orkiestra sw. Mikolaja @ Kamicak Etno Fest, sent by Mikolajki Folkowe Festival

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2021.08.19. Szolnok, Hungary
#FEX

Multumult @ Heritage World Music Festival, sent by Outernational Days

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2021.07.17. Ostrava, Czech Republic

Panel discussion “Pandemic success stories” at Czech Music Crossroads

Featuring MOST communications team member Ella Csarnó.

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2021.07.09. Sofia, Bulgaria

A to JazZ round table discussion about the challenges Balkan music faces today

With Balázs Weyer, Klára Nagy, Vesela Kondakova, and Katharina Weinert.

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2021.05.15. Online
#Urban Project Hub

Urban Project Hub pitching competition

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2021.01.18. Online
#BME

The Bridge for Balkan Music Vol. 1 selection album featuring MOST BME artists is available on Spotify

Curated by Simon Broughton of Songlines.

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2020.12.15. Online
#BME #MT

Online speed dating sessions between participants and mentors

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2020.11.13. Online
#MT

Management trainings

With experts Dejan Vujinovic and Bjørn Hammershaug.

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2020.11.06. Online
#Urban Project Hub

Urban Project Hub trainings

With experts such as Katharina Weinert from the European Music Council, Márton Méhes, or Ivan Petrovic (EXIT Festival)

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2020.10.23. Budapest, Hungary / Online
#BME

Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar performance @ the WOMEX 2020 Virtual Showcase

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2020.10.23. Budapest, Hungary / Online
#BME

Oranitza performance @ the WOMEX 2020 Virtual Showcase

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2020.10.21. Budapest, Hungary / Online

MOST Music virtual booth at the Digital Edition of WOMEX 2020

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2020.10.09. Globally
#BME

MOST Selection album out with the November 2020 issue of Songlines

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2020.10.06. Online
#BME

Balkan Music Export trainings

With experts Simon Broughton, Lucy Duran, and Rok Kosir.

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2020.07.13. Online
#MT

Management Training Round 1 selected managers announced

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2020.07.10. Online
#Urban Project Hub

Urban Project Hub Round 1 selected urban creatives announced

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2020.07.09. Online
#BME

Balkan Music Export Round 1 selected bands announced

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2020.05.11. Online

MOST Music Talks

Moderators: Balázs Weyer, Dejan Vujinovic

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2020.04.30. Online
#FEX

Festival Exchange Round 1 selected festivals announced

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2020.04.12. Online
#FEX

FEX online kick-off

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2019.12.16. Novi Sad, Serbia

MOST kick-off board meeting

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