WOMEX Newsletter: Thursday, 12nd February 2015






Dear WOMEXicans,

It is time! We have now opened our call for showcase, conference and film proposals for WOMEX 15, taking place in Budapest, Hungary from Wednesday, 21 - Sunday, 25 October 2015. Find out how to submit your ideas below.

Those looking to submit a showcase proposal can get some inspiration from the newly-released WOMEX 14 Re:mixes, a compilation featuring eight songs by select showcase artists from last year, reworked by the Global Club Music Network.

Musically yours,
Your WOMEX team


Call for Proposals for WOMEX 15 is Now Open

Ethiocolor, by Yannis PsathasEthiocolor, by Yannis Psathas

We are on the hunt for exceptional musical acts, speakers, mentors, networkers, DJs and music filmmakers as part of our call for showcase, conference and film proposals for WOMEX 15. Send us your ideas by Friday, 10 April 2015.

We are on the hunt for exceptional musical acts, spes, mentors, networkers, DJs and music filmmakers as part of our call for showcase, conference and film proposals for WOMEX 15. Send us your ideas by Friday, 10 April 2015.

You can find full information about the call for proposals here, or access the online submission form directly.

As with every year, we are looking to the community to help us shape the programme for this year's event. Whether you are interested in performing as an artist or musical group; discussing key topics and trends related to the industry; or wish to present your music film to an engaged audience of music professionals, we encourage people from all sectors and all corners of the earth to send us their ideas.

Please note: Based on delegate feedback, we have developed a new method of submitting proposals for WOMEX 15. We use a tailor-made proposal system developed in collaboration with the independent company Brumedje, which is happily located in the islands of Cabo Verde. Feel free to visit their site here.

The Showcase Festival and Conference selection is made each year by a group of seven Jury members – the famous 7 Samurai – cherry-picked especially from within the international music community. The Film programme will be curated by the WOMEX film team.

Showcase Festival Proposals

Abavuki, by Eric van NieuwlandAbavuki, by Eric van Nieuwland

Calling all musicians and DJs worldwide…

We welcome submissions from artists and DJs of all backgrounds and styles. The WOMEX Showcase Festival is specifically designed to help musical acts kickstart the next phase of their career with selected acts performing in front of an audience that includes concert and festival bookers, labels, tour promoters and venue directors.

Last year, more than 60 acts with 320 artists performed on over seven stages as part of the Showcase Festival.

To submit a live showcase proposal, please click here.

To submit a DJ-case proposal, please click here.

Conference Proposals

Conference, by Jacob CrawfurdConference, by Jacob Crawfurd

Calling all worldwide music professionals and experts in digital industries, education, funding and more…

The WOMEX Conferences are where the industry gathers to discuss hot topics; analyse current issues; and put forward new ideas and thinking for moving the industry forward. The conference programme allows delegates to network with their peers as well as obtain advice and insight into certain topics.

This year, we are particularly seeking submissions that look at Hungary's musical traditions; the Eastern Europe music market; digital media and tools for music professionals; as well as synergies between world and other styles such as jazz, roots and folk.

Experts are also being sought to share their knowledge on all manner of areas such as live production & touring, label & publishing and PR with WOMEX delegates via the One-to-One or Roundtable Mentoring Sessions.

Last year, 70 speakers and mentors from 26 countries hosted over 20 Conference Sessions; numerous Networking Meetings, Presentations, Receptions and Speed-Dating.

To submit a conference proposal, please click here.

Film Proposals

Midsummer Night's Tango, WOMEX 14 Nighttime FilmMidsummer Night's Tango, WOMEX 14 Nighttime Film

Calling all music filmmakers…

The WOMEX Film Screenings present documentaries that portray music, movements and history from across the world. WOMEX gives filmmakers a platform to present their work - whether feature, middle-length or short - and connect directly to the World Music Community.

Last year, a total of 15 documentaries were screened as part of the WOMEX daytime and evening film screenings.

To submit a film proposal, please click here.

The deadline for all proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015. Please ensure you complete and send your submission early to allow it to arrive in a timely fashion.

For more information on the WOMEX 15 call for proposals, please visit our main proposal page.


WOMEX 14 Re:mixes by Global Club Music Network Now Online

Cover art by Andre FritzCover art by Andre Fritz

It is back! After a successful first edition of WOMEX 13 remixes was released last year, the Global Club Music Network (GCMN) and WOMEX once again teamed up to develop the WOMEX 14 Re:mixes by GCMN, featuring songs from eight WOMEX 14 showcase artists that have been reworked by members of the GCMN.

Stream the album live at virtualWOMEX now!

DJ/Producer Kosta Kostov, alongside Miriam L. Brenner and the whole GCMN team, has once again undertaken an extraordinary effort to put this together, with each remixer acknowledging the core rhythm and instrumentation of each song while adding certain elements according to their own interpretation. A huge thank you to everyone involved in this process.

Below is a list of the compilation's tracks:

  1. Oum – 'Lik' (Mashti & Polyesta Remix)
  2. La Chiva Gantiva – 'Para Arriba' (David Miret Remix)
  3. Korrontzi – 'Sardos-K' (Makala Remix)
  4. La Yegros – 'Solo' (Kosta Kostov Remix)
  5. Calima – 'Minué' (Gnotes & Canyonazo Remix)
  6. Otava Yo – 'Kamarinskaya' (Boris Viande Celtic Remix)
  7. Noreum Machi – 'Noreummachi Sinawi' (Sound Culture’s Future Rootz Remix)
  8. Sékouba Bambino – 'Tanamako' (Baru Remix)

For more information, please visit Global Club Music Network's Facebook page.



WOMEX Roadshow: Folk Alliance International Conference

Folk Alliance International Conference and Winter CampFolk Alliance International Conference and Winter Camp

WOMEX Founding Director, Ben Mandelson, is heading to the US for the Folk Alliance International Conference and Winter Camp, taking place from 17 – 22 February in Kansas City, MO. While there, he will be in mentoring sessions, and as part of a panel discussion that looks at the ins and outs of booking and presenting international acts, touching on subjects such as securing funding for travel fees, managing visa and customs processes, and promotion.

The panel details are:
Title: Presenting International Acts
Day: Friday, 20 February
Time: 11:00 – 11:45am

Interested in meeting up with Ben at the conference but can't make it to the panel discussion? Get in touch with him direct via his virtualWOMEX page or email media@womex.com



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Kind regards from your WOMEX team


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