Ongoing projects

ETEP - European Talent Exchange Program (2012-2016)

ETEP is based on the cooperation of international music export offices, festivals and radio stations of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). These select the most promising local newcomers (bands can also apply directly) to perform at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. About 200 bands gather together each year to perform in front of an audience of 18,000 visitors, more than 50 festival organizers, 25 radio stations, 180 journalists and more than 2,800 professionals (labels, bookers, publishers, etc.) of the European music industry.



IM3I is a research project specifically for the benefit of small and medium enterprises. The project lasts two years and is engaged in the development of technologies for better representation, compatibility, interoperability and retrieval of multimedia contents.
Representation and distribution of music will increasingly take place in the digital world; this kind of research should help that works of composers and musicians can be more easily found by a wider audience.


NASOM is a two-year support program of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA) for musicians under 35 years from the genres Classical/New Music, Jazz/Improvisation, Pop/Electronic, World/New Folk Music, and Song/Chanson. By the payment of travel expenses by the BMEIA, individual artists and ensembles obtain the enhanced opportunity to perform abroad. Selection is made by a jury, the submission criteria and deadlines will be announced in time.


Minstrel (2007-2013)

In cooperation with major European music organizations the main goal of this multi-year project is the cross-border movement of musicians (composers, performers, ensembles, bands and professionals) and the creation of necessary conditions for the dissemination of European music.
As part of the relevant UNESCO Convention, the overarching goal is to promote the diversity of music at a European level. 

Forum Musik

Forum Musik is a regular get-together with organizations of the  Austrian music scene, organized by mica - music austria. These meetings are used to encourage synergies and to pursue activities that serve the promotion of the  Austrian music scene.

New Music:New Audiences  (Two-year project funded by the European Commission in the program "Culture Programme 2007 - 2013")

The aim of this project is to promote the repertoire of contemporary European art music. With simple structuring and coordination measures, New Audiences: New Music creates  new opportunities to enable performances  of artistic high quality repertoire on several occassions and at several places in Europe. The contributions of the project partners offer a broad and representative overview of the contemporary music scene in Europe.





Past Projects

Fair Music (2008-2010, within the context of the EU Culture Program 2007-2013)
The cooperation project "fair music" has the goal to call attention to the  "fair music”-initiative and to launch a European "agency" to certify fair music productions based on the model of "fair trade" as well as a distribution channel for the certified music products.
Project objectives are to strengthen European musical activities and the achievement of a new public awareness regarding the recognition and reward of musicians.

IAMIC Virtual Composers In Residence Programme (2010)
This project provides a platform for international contemporary composers to exchange ideas with other composers. It fosters the communication and the emergence of new networks. Participating music information centres and composers from all continents benefit from the platform with professional contacts and also new audiences in different world regions.Virtual Composers in Residence Programme

RE: NEW MUSIC (2008-2010, under the EU program Culture, 2007-2013)
The project RE: NEW MUSIC aims at the exchange and dissemination of the repertoire of European contemporary art music, and also promotes Austrian composers.
During 24 months 22 European ensembles (2 of them from Austria) will present a repertoire of 352 compositions (16 of them from Austria) to a European audience.
The basic idea is to develop a permanent and continuously expanding structure, providing the opportunity to encounter and

The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy offers outstanding music students the opportunity to work with renowned musicians and contemporary composers. In addition to lectures, private lessons and chamber music coaching, there are daily performances from orchestral concerts to recitals, which also invite the students to participate. As a part of the Academy,  each composer develops a new piece, which is premiered at the festival.
In cooperation with mica - music austria, there will be for the first time an emphasis on Vienna, with the focus on works of Viennese composers, some of whom will also be on the spot.
The aim of this cooperation is to bring contemporary works by Austrian composers closer together with future orchestral and ensemble

Ö3 Soundcheck 2010
The biggest local band competition and at the same time Austria's most successful pop music promotion model (with chart success for all winners), organized by the Austria's hit radio Ö3 in cooperation with Sony Music Entertainment Austria and mica - music austria. Each year the competition searches for the best talent of the rock/pop scene. The winning band is rewarded with a record deal with SonyBMG and has the opportunity to perform live at Ö3 events.

Diversidad (2008):
The aim of this project was to show the richness and diversity of urban culture in Europe and give the participants a platform in Europe to get acquainted with each other, exchange knowledge and build longer term cooperations.

DMET (2005-2008)
DMET - Digital Music Education & Training was initiated with the aim of developing and implementing a curriculum for training in digital music marketing. The long term goal is to enhance musicians and creative characters in Europe, particularly of small and medium enterprises in niche areas.

ExTra! Exchange Traditions (2006-2009):
The aim of this EU project was to promote exchanges between different musical traditions in today's multicultural Europe. Main focus was on the integration of musical traditions of immigrants and minority cultures in Europe.

Presentation of selected contemporary composers and musicians in the Vienna Mozart Year 2006.

Moving Patterns/Moving Sounds Festival and Mostly Jazz Festival in New York (2003-2009):
The festival of electronic music and the festival of jazz on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European and International Affairs (BMaA / MFA) in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.

Ö3 Soundcheck (2004-2008):
The biggest local band competition and also the most successful pop music promotion model of Austria (with chart success for all of the winners).

Parliamentary Music Inquiry 08:
On the initiative of the Presidents' Conference on June 3rd 2008 in the National Chamber of the Parliament building, a parliamentary inquiry was held under the title "Music of the Future. Current challenges and musical development prospects in Austria". With the preparations of mica - music austria, a historically unique agenda emerged in consensus with all participating organizations in the Austrian musical life of composers, musicians and representatives of the economy.

Tonbandtest (2003-2005): was a reality check for pop and jazz productions from Austria: An online platform which gave bands professional response on their music. The professional and honest feedback on the submitted records came from independent "reflectors": journalists, event organisers, etc. with high expertise in the music industry.