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. One of the reasons for this is that these markets are less connected to Western Europe, there are less managers, pushers and bookers who could sell the artists and nurture these relationships. MOST was created to change this. With the support of Creative Europe, the EU’s cultural framework programme, MOST is looking for inspired young people who want to be part of the Balkan world music buzz and are ready to join an international network.
As you know by now, the goal of the Management Training project is to build industry relationships between the South East European region and the rest of Europe . With the talented group of managers who were accepted to the 1st and 2nd round of the Management Training project, we’ve already had breakthroughs, which is really inspiring. Many of our participants took the opportunity and applied to the traineeships we offered – they worked at WOMEX 21 in Portugal with Piranha Arts, at PIN Festival in Macedonia with Password Production, and they worked on the set of Hangveto’s music documentary in the making. They’ve met hundreds of world class artists, got to know the people who run the show at the largest European world music events, and made the most of this international network.
Whether they are hardcore full-time professionals, or badass self-managing musicians who want to expand their knowledge on the industry, these colourful manager trainees are definitely the cream of the crop. Cultural and music management is both business and pleasure, so these hardworking, inspired young professionals need to be good at both. Let’s get down to business, meet the Round 1 and Round 2 Management Training participants!See the Participants