World music conference WOMEX 2009, which will be held in Copenhagen this year, will be accepting proposals for world music showcases, conferences and film screenings until 17 April 2009. Artists will have the opportunity to play before up to 1,000 international bookers, countless record labels, distributors, journalists and industry professionals.
WOMEX is the largest world music conference and showcase. In its 2008 edition, and the final year of a total of four in Sevilla (Spain), WOMEX broke past records. WOMEX exhibitors reached an all-time high of more than 650 companies, individuals or organizations in a sold out Trade Fair of 320 stands, up significantly from 2007.
In 2008 more than 2800 delegates from all over the world gathered for 5 days of talk, trade, music and camaraderie. Once again the nightly Showcases were open to the public and hosted in the city center at the famed Teatro Lope de Vega/Casino de la Exposición (2 stages), and another 2 stages in tents right in the heart of the Plaza de España. The showcases featured 49 acts from 40 countries on 5 stages.
There were more than 2 dozen conference sessions including several new features like the highly popular oneon-one Mentoring Sessions with industry experts, and numerous Master Classes that advised on legal issues, running festivals and more.
Here are all the details, tips on how to propose, even a handy FAQ on the online showcase proposal process: