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What is European Music Incubator?

European Music Incubator is an innovative training program supported by Creative Europe, a European Union – program, for emerging musicians who want to expand their activities and increase their incomes by experimenting with other creative sectors.
The European Music Incubator program features a range of networking opportunities, as well as learning and mentoring sessions with stakeholders from other creative sectors.
Plus the participant will have the opportunity to discover other entrepreneurial mindsets from all over Europe.


Why should I apply?

European Music Incubator is the opportunity to take your career to the next level with a long-term vision.

A musician can hardly rely on music sales and touring to earn a living. Even if the music market is opening up and emerging musicians are more likely to pursue a true career, the music market is becoming very precarious. Working as a musician today implies diversifying sources of income.
European Music Incubator is an experimental training program for European emerging musicians who want to develop a long-term career grounded in entrepreneurial mindset and reaching beyond the traditional framework of popular music.
The program is considering the diversification of activities as a key-factor to diversify sources of income and to reach a wider audience.


European Music Incubator will provide the finalist with the following:

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset (5 dedicated workshops)

  • Licensing & sync copyrights
  • Monetizing music
  • Creating a mood-board
  • Conducting a workshop
  • Ecosystem and public policy

Connect with other creative sector (5 dedicated workshops)

  • Digital teaching
  • Culture-oriented tourism
  • Curator & playlist
  • Soundtracks for movies & videogames
  • Music & brands

Learn and get inspired

  • Mentoring sessions during 5 months
  • 2 Collaborative Lab meetings
  • 1 European event

Foster a european mobility

  • Travel through 5 European countries (France, UK, Estonia, Italia, Croatia)
  • Connect with the European music ecosystem
  • Create your own European network

Get massive exposure

  • Promotion on European Music Incubator communication tools (website, social media, print, digital handbook, European & professional events…)
  • Cross-Promotion by European Music Incubator partners, among other

Costs (travel expenses, accommodation, subsistence) for workshops, Collaborative Lab meeting, mentoring sessions and the final European event will be covered by Trempolino as leader of the project.

Each finalist will receive €1400 as fee for her/his participation in the program. Musician production fee will be also covered by the organizers.


Submission & Selection

Who can apply?

European Music Incubator is open to all artists from each partner’s local area who would like to benefit from this program that fit the selection criteria.

  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Genova/Italia
  • Liverpool/UK
  • Pays-de-la-Loire/France

What are the criteria for selection?

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Be an individual musician with the ability to compose, produce, arrange…
  • Must not have made a living with music during the two previous years
  • Not under a contract with a major
  • Have a media coverage & a presence on social networks
  • Present a career development strategy
  • Have some side-activities experienced (engineer, sync., teaching…) at least one
  • Be willing to discover other creative sector
  • Have a good command of English

What is the process?

All requests go through a selection process.

  • STEP 1: Collecting the application & checking eligibility (documents, experiences…)
  • STEP 2: Each partner will choose 3 local finalists
  • STEP 3: Trempolino as leader will interview (via Skype) the 15 pre-selected musicians
  • STEP 4: Trempolino as leader will select 7 musicians out of the 15 pre-selected musicians

What is expected from the participants?

  • The musician must be available to attend workshop sessions in each partners cities: 3 days per month between September 2017 and January 2018 (The detailed program of all sessions will be communicated in June 2017)
  • The musician must be available to attend the pilot-project session (mentoring period) between February 2018 and July 2018: at least 8 days and 1 trip
  • The musician must be available to attend 2 collaborative labs: 4 days in September 2017 and 4 days in July 2018
  • The musician must be available to attend 1 European event in November 2018
  • The musician will write 2 workshop evaluation reports
  • The musician will sign an agreement before the beginning of the program
  • The musician is requested to handle visa/ID formalities when needed
  • The musician is to provide European Music Incubator/Trempolino with all administrative documentation before mid-July 2017

Are there application costs?

  • There is no cost for entering the open-call
  • Costs (travel expenses, accommodation, subsistence) for workshops, Collaborative Lab meeting, mentoring session and the European event will be covered by Trempolino as leader of the project
  • Each finalist will receive €1400 as fee for her/his participation in the program. Musician production fee will be also covered by the organizers

What are the key dates and deadlines?

  • Call for entries: 20 March 2017
  • Deadline for submission: 30 April 2017
  • Announcement of the finalists: 2 June 2017

All applying musicians will receive a confirmation email specifying whether the participant has been selected or not.

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