The leading international world music conference and showcase WOMEX is now accepting submissions from local legends to the freshest talents to showcase at the top international gathering of world music professionals. The selected acts will play in front of the largest audience anywhere of international world music concert and festival bookers (around 700 last year), agents, labels, distributors, and innumerable journalists.
“I was in the middle of the crowd and it was unbelievable to see the professionals so enthusiastic, jumping up until the end!,” said Consuelo Arbelaez, European booking agent of Systema Solar (Colombia) of their Showcase at WOMEX 11 in Copenhagen. “Festival producers were asking for our business cards, during and after the showcase, and telling us: ‘I loved Systema Solar and want them in our festival.’ Now we are working on our busy schedule for 2012. WOMEX was a great opportunity to give really good international exposure to the artist.”
The Showcase (and Conference) selection is taken on by the WOMEX Jury – the famous 7 Samurai – each year consisting of a brand new panel of international music biz experts. In 2011 WOMEX received over 750 artist proposals for about 35 slots.
Deadline for all proposals is Friday, 13 April 2012.
The next edition of WOMEX will be taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from Wednesday, 17, to Sunday, 21 October 2012.