Music Moves Europe Talent Awards

The European sound of today and tomorrow

The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the new European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music. The awards celebrate emerging artists who represent the European sound of today and tomorrow. Every year, eight outstanding artists will receive a Music Moves Europe Talent Award in recognition of their international success, as well as being rewarded with a performance at ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), a training programme and financial support for touring and promotion.

Celebrating European Talent
Compared to Anglo-American music, the total percentage of music originating from mainland Europe is relatively small. The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are therefore designed to accelerate the international careers of upcoming European artists.

Selection: nominees, jury and winners
Nominees for the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are selected through monitoring upcoming European artists’ airplay, music streams, and live performances in Europe, alongside music industry recommendations and Soundcharts data. A total of sixteen nominees will be announced during Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany) in September.

All winning artists are to receive their prize during an award ceremony at ESNS (Groningen, The Netherlands) in January. An international jury will determine a total of eight winners. Alongside these eight final jury winners, music fans across Europe will vote to determine one Public Choice winner. Both the winners and public choice will be revealed at ESNS.

Music Moves Europe Talent Charts 
Whereas the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards reward cross-border success of emerging European artists, the Music Moves Europe Talent Charts visualise it.

A tool in the selection of the nominees, the Music Moves Europe Talent Charts ranking is based on available streaming and airplay data outside artists’ home countries. The artist chart shows emerging artists with the highest impact (most listeners) in Europe, while the Top 100 chart demonstrates which tracks are performing well across Europe.

Music Moves Europe
Music is one of the most popular forms of art, widely consumed, and a vibrant expression of Europe’s cultural diversity. Music Moves Europe, the overarching framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions in support of the European music sector, and Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the culture and audiovisual sectors, aim to help the music sector flourish by supporting the annual Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.

The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are organised by ESNS and Reeperbahn Festival in partnership with Yourope, Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), Liveurope, Live DMA, European Music Exporters Exchange (EMEE), Digital Music Europe (DME) and media partner European Broadcasting Union (EBU), with support from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen and the City of Groningen. The awards are implemented in close cooperation with the European Commission and financially supported by Creative Europe.