Application closed

We hereby inform all applicants that the deadline for submitting applications for this call has expired.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Festival Exchange Programme. Results will be published until 27 April 2020.

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, and applications are still open. Events that are affected by travel restrictions will be postponed. We will notify you of new venues and dates as soon as we have them.

About the program

Connecting 10 world music festivals from the Balkans with 10 world music festivals from the rest of Europe through artist exchange, communication support and mutual co-curation efforts under the MOST project umbrella. The aim is to connect the selected music festivals, their curators, programmers and other promoters, bookers and agents. 

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. Their counterparts can be from anywhere else in the Creative Europe eligible territories.

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

What we offer:

  • festival cooperation between a world music festival (or general festivals offering considerable amount of world & folk music in their line-up) from the Balkans and another similar event in the rest of Europe
  • participation at a major music event in Brussels and a training programme connected to its schedule
  • one-on-one mentorship programme with some of the most recognised music professionals from Europe 
  • networking opportunities with European music professionals and festival organizers from all over the continent

What we cover:

  • financial contribution to mutual visits with your partner festival: 1000 eur/partner, eligible for travel & accommodation costs and festival passes
  • artist exchange in the framework of festival cooperation: 2000 eur/partner eligible for artist fees
  • participating at a major music event in Brussels: travel costs (up to 300 eur/roundtrip) and accommodation for the representative of the festival

 Selection criteria:

  • how established is your festival? (audience numbers, number of concerts, etc.)
  • proven motivation (based on motivation letter)
  • personal track record and track record of the festival (based on past editions’ material)
  • growth potential (audience / personnel)
  • necessary skills for cooperation (language, etc.)
  • geographical diversity (We will select festivals representing the region)
  • diversity of selected professionals by gender and other background

How to apply?

Please fill the application form below

Deadline: 13/03/2020

* 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 festivals to apply for the Festival Exchange Program. 

2, SELECTION: The board as a jury selects 10 festivals from the Balkans and 10 festivals from the rest of Europe, and informs them about upcoming events. 

3, KICK-OFF: The selected festivals and the music-, management- and organiser professionals from the partner organisations, or external experts with matching professional background will meet in Brussels at a major music event. They’ll have the opportunity to network and find the partner festival they will work with by the end of the event. 

4, PROGRAM EXCHANGE: During the exchange, the festivals co-curate each other’s programs and they will have the opportunity to share musical performances. 

5, FESTIVAL VISITS OF PARTICIPATING FESTIVALS: The 10 pairs will have extra support for job-shadowing: deeper understanding of each other’s circumstances and actively participating in the organizing work. The pairs have to visit each other’s festivals.

Open call


MOST brings together representatives of 2×10 festivals; ten from the Balkans, and 10 from other parts of Europe each year. They will have the chance to visit, work with, and exchange artists within the framework of the program. The exchange will broaden the professional network and artistic scope of all parties involved.




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