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WOMEX opens call for showcase and conference proposals

WOMEX is delighted to announce the start of our call for Showcase, Conference and Film proposals for WOMEX 14, taking place in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain from Wednesday, 22 October until Sunday, 26 October.

WOMEX is now accepting proposals for the WOMEX 14 Showcase Festival and welcomes submissions from everyone, from new faces on the scene toseasoned professionals. The selected acts will perform for an audienceof key players from the global music industry, including concert and festival bookers, tour promoters and venues (around 800 attended WOMEX13), offering musical acts a huge launching pad for the next – international – phase of their careers.

Kishon Khan (Bangladesh/UK), Musical Director – Lokkhi Terra Funkiwala
Records had this to say about showcasing at WOMEX 13:

« WOMEX was an amazing networking experience, as well as Showcase
experience. The event allowed us to meet contacts from around the
world, and present our project to the type of music industry people we
really needed to meet. »

The Showcase Festival (and Conference) selection is made each year by
a group of seven Jury members – the famous 7 Samurai, cherry-picked
especially from within the international music community. In 2013,
WOMEX received over 850 artist proposals for around 40 slots.

The deadline for all showcase proposals is Friday, 18 April 2014 (just
before the Easter weekend). Please note, this is a public holiday in
WOMEX’s home country, Germany. Submissions should be sent early to
ensure timely arrival.

More on Showcase Festival proposals:

+++ Calling all potential conference speakers & mentors…

Whether a prominent talking head or a keen observer with a raft of
experience, WOMEX is seeking proposals from representatives across the
musical spectrum who wish to present their vision, map out an idea or
lay the foundation for moving the industry forward.

Proposals which examine Spain’s varied musical tracks – from the
internationally heralded flamenco to the celtic-influenced folk from
WOMEX’s host region Galicia, and from música mestiza to música
electrónica (to name just a few)- and how these diverse scenes and
their respective business infrastructure evolve in the 21st century
are particularly encouraged.

The two other focal points of the WOMEX Conference will be the ins and
outs of global club music, and synergies between jazz & world. WOMEX
is looking forward to hearing from the luminaries of each field.

Experts and industry greats are also called upon to share their
knowledge on all manner of key areas such as live production &
touring, label & publishing, PR, new tools & technologies with WOMEX
delegates via the One-to-One or Roundtable Mentoring Sessions.

The 2013 Conference saw more than 80 speakers and mentors from 25
countries convene over 20 Conferences plus Mentoring Sessions. The
Conference programme is compiled in consultation with the WOMEX Jury.

Crispin Parry (UK), CEO & Creative Director of British Undergound says
of the WOMEX Conference programme:

« There is a huge variety of opportunities to explore at the
conference for musicians and industry delegates, from international
keynote speakers, round-table discussions and industry panels in the
daytime to networking receptions and world-class live music. »

The deadline for all conference proposals is Friday, 18 April 2014
(just before the Easter weekend). Please note, this is a public
holiday in WOMEX’s home country, Germany. Submissions should be sent
early to ensure timely arrival.

More on Conference proposals:

+++ Calling all music filmmakers…

Filmmakers with a knack for digging out the stories behind some of the
world’s most intriguing musicians and musical movements are invited to
show their work at the IMZ Film Screenings at WOMEX – the top platform
for global sounds in audio-visual media. The IMZ Film Screenings show
outstanding recent documentaries centred on music and/or musicians
from all around the world.

The film proposals are independently juried by WOMEX’s long-time
partner IMZ – International Music + Media Centre in Vienna, which
brings 50 years of experience to the selection process.

Last year, 17 films from 17 countries were screened at WOMEX 13.

The films from the screening selection can also become part of the
World Music Films On Tour programme, a non-profit distribution
project aimed at bringing musical diversity in film to a wider public.

The deadline for all film proposals is Friday, 18 April 2014 (just
before the Easter weekend). Please note, this is a public holiday in
IMZ’s home country, Austria. Submissions should be sent early to
ensure timely arrival.

More on Film proposals:


WOMEX 14’s ‘local stage’ in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain,
this year will be brought to life under the banner
‘Atlantic Connections’ and will highlight some of the most of-the-hour
Ibero-American musical acts, reflecting the traces Galician culture
and language have through the entire Iberian Peninsula and all Latin

Artists from these regions, who submit a bid to the WOMEX Showcase
Festival, will have an additional chance to secure a valuable showcase
slot on the Atlantic Connections stage. There is no separate
application process. Artists from these Atlantic regions not selected
for showcase by the WOMEX Jury, will automatically be eligible for
consideration for the Atlantic Connections stage, with the selection
being made by a panel of specially-appointed music experts. The chosen
acts will then be offered a showcase spot at WOMEX 14.

For information on submitting a Showcase proposal (including Atlantic
Connections), please visit:

The deadline for all showcase proposals is Friday, 18 April 2014 (just
before the Easter weekend). Please note, this is a public holiday in
WOMEX’s home country, Germany. Submissions should be sent early to
ensure timely arrival.


Download high-resolution photos of the WOMEX Night at SXSW artists:

WOMEX is delighted to announce the line-up for the annual WOMEX Night
at SXSW on Thursday 13 March at Flamingo Cantina, Austin, Texas, USA.
Six artists from across the globe will give spectators a little taste
of what’s in store at WOMEX 14 later this year:

The line-up is:
– Gochag Askarov (Azerbaijan)
– Jambinai (South Korea)
– Lo’Jo (France)
– Mariachi Las Pioneras de México (Mexico)
– Quantic (UK)
– Taluna (Italy)

This is the sixth time that we are hosting the WOMEX Night at SXSW. A
big thank you to the team at SXSW for making this possible.

For more information on the evening, please visit:

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WOMEX is « The most important international professional market of
world music of every kind. This international fair brings together
professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional
music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films.
It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music
and culture of all kinds across frontiers. »
UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

Acknowledged as the most international hub of all professional music
meetings worldwide in general, and as the most important annual
gathering of the global music community in particular, the 19th
edition of WOMEX brought 2,250 delegates and more than 300 artists
from 100 countries altogether to its 2013 host city, Cardiff.

More than 60 acts on 7 WOMEX Showcase Festival stages incl. the Welsh
Opening ‘Land of Song’; 590 exhibiting companies at the Trade Fair;
80 speakers and mentors at the Conference; IMZ Film Screenings and
the Award Ceremony made for 5 packed networking days and rather short

Since its first edition in 1994, WOMEX has been roaming all across
Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997),
Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen
(2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006-2008),
Copenhagen (2009-2011), Thessaloniki (2012) to Cardiff (2013).

In 2014, WOMEX will be moving to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia,

In addition to WOMEX, Piranha Arts’ event portfolio also includes
Classical:NEXT, the professionals’ forum for classical and art music
in Vienna, Austria, 14-17 May 2014; plus worldwide consultancy &
special projects such as Sound of the Xity, Beijing, China, 3-6 April
2014; Atlantic Music Expo, Praia, Cabo Verde, 7-10 April 2014; and
Porto Musical, Recife, Brazil, 10-13 December 2014.

Kind regards from your WOMEX team

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WOMEX 14 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain | 22 – 26 October 2014
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