INES#talent Programm 2021: Live Acts for 20 europäische Showcase Festivals gesucht

Ab sofort können sich Bands und Solokünstler*innen für das INES#talent Programm 2021 bewerben. Die Bewerbung ist bis 31. Juli online über die Booking-Plattform gigmit möglich. Insgesamt werden von den 20 Showcase Festivals für 2021 über 70 Slots an Artists aus dem INES#talent-Pool vergeben.

“We want a truly diverse music scene, cultural exchange in Europe and international live experiences,” says INES Project Manager Christoph Thun. “That’s why we use the digital networking opportunities – before, during and after the Corona pandemic! We call on all artists to take the chance and apply as an INES#talent”. 

INES is committed to the promotion of talent and international synergies for music creators and artists throughout Europe. Since 2017 the Creative Europe co-financed programme provides the infrastructure for international talent discovery – initiated by the Berlin-based tech company gigmit together with 8 European showcase festivals: MENT Ljubljana (SI), Sonic Visions (LU), Monkey Week (ES), Westway LAB (PT), Liverpool Sound City (UK), Waves Vienna (AU), Enea Spring Break (PL) and Live at Heart (SE). In the meantime, INES has grown significantly and is now a network of 20 showcase festivals in 19 European countries.

Showcase festivals are national events of the music industry that offer a platform for the discovery of artists, business contacts and education. They combine live music performances, conference programmes and trade fairs. The complete list of participating showcase festivals and countries is available at

The new INES#talents 2021 will be announced in October. The 20 showcase festivals of the participating countries will then choose live acts from the INES#talent pool for their international line-up. Over 70 slots are reserved for INES#talents. Contrary to common practice, festival tickets and a conference pass, catering and hotel costs will be covered for INES#talents. A minimum fee of 250€ as well as the basic backline is guaranteed.

INES#talents present their music to industry experts and decision-makers from all over Europe. Each of the INES partner festivals nominates between two and ten promising and export-ready artists from their own country for the INES#talent pool. In 2021 all INES#festivals will book international artists from the common talent pool. In this way, 349 artists have been selected as INES#talents so far. 187 of them have already been booked for INES#festivals and thus received the opportunity to tour in Europe and reach audiences outside their home countries.

Applications are open until 31 July 2020.

Further information about the INES#talent application and FAQs about the Innovation Network of European Showcases at, in the gigmit blog and on the official social channels:

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