Open call: European Music Business Task Force II.

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We believe the world needs leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who dare to disrupt the status quo! If you agree, do not hesitate to take the next step in your career and apply for the second European Music Business Task Force (short EMBTF).

Do you want to shape the future of the European music market together with other like-minded European music business professionals? 

Are you an experienced and driven music industry professional?

Do you want to become part of a valuable European network of music business professionals and develop your creative leadership skills?

Promus, the Music Community of Aarhus (DK) and the Music Cities Network invite 12 European music business professionals to embark on a transnational European expedition from April 2023 until May 2024. On this journey, they will search for answers to the question: How can we boost the European music market?

As the industry continues to face multiple challenges, the programme aims to develop deeper insights, elevate leadership skills, and foster knowledge. Together, we will develop tools and proposals to create a strong and sustainable transnational European music market. The second volume of the EMBTF will build on the already published findings from the first Task Force held in 2021/22 (download the report here). 

EMBFT Vol. II offers one crucial aspect that most music professionals don’t have – time. The participants are given the space to get out of their daily work environment to think outside the box and to think big, which is needed to establish a more future-oriented and more healthy European Music Industry.

The Task Force will meet in person and online to engage with various current challenges and opportunities in the music industry. On the basis of this groundwork, we will then actively participate during the following music industry festivals as part of the learning process facilitated by the creative leadership experts KaosPilots (five nights at each event):

  • Workshop 1: SPOT Festival and the SPOT+ Festival conference in Aarhus, Denmark (5th – 6th of May  2023).
  • Workshop 2: Reeperbahn Festival and the Reeperbahn Festival Conference in Hamburg, Germany (20th – 23rd of September 2023).
  • Workshop 3: Iceland Airwaves and the Airwaves Pro Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland (2nd – 4th of November 2023).
  • Workshop 4: Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) and the ESNS Conference in Groningen, Netherlands (2024). 
  • Workshop 5: Tallinn Music Week and Conference in Tallinn, Estonia (2024)

The programme is organised by Promus and the transnationally acting Music Cities Network in collaboration with the City of Reykjavik and the Kaospilots. It is co-funded by the European Commission.

Apply here: 

The application deadline is March 20th 2023 12.00 CET

Who is it for

  • You must be working freelance, part-time, or full-time in the music sector; a.i. labels, booking agencies, festivals, management, publishing, entrepreneurship, or other related work. 
  • You must have a finished degree of relevant education AND/OR have similar 2-3+ years of practical work experience within the music sector.
  • You are open-minded, sociable, a team worker, visionary, and keen on always thinking progressively.
  • You must be able to take care of your regular job and participate in the Task Force at the same time.

What is expected from you

  • You must be able to attend all five in-person workshops (5 days at each location). 
  • You must be able to attend and actively participate in all five festivals. 
  • You must be able to take part in at least five in-between online workshops (expect 2-3 hours per workshop).
  • You must be able to take time for research and exchange (expect 1-2 hours per week).
  • You are able to contribute the participant fee of either 1000€ (participants from Music Cities Network member cities)* or of 1500€ (participants from non-member cities).