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.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.