The WOMEX Jury
Each year WOMEX selects a new group of seven Jury members - the famed 7 Samurai
- to work on the Showcase and Conference selection.
In recent years we have received many high quality proposals for Showcases and Conference Sessions for a limited number of slots, so the task is hard and the competition spirited. Film proposals
are independently juried
by the IMZ
International Music + Media Centre, Vienna.
Conference proposal submission deadline is closed
Deadline was Friday, 13 April 2012
Share your experience.
Tell your fellow delegates about your live
experience, digital experience
and your vision beyond
WOMEX delegates tend to like sessions with skillfully presented, solid information of use to the world music network
; talks on new trends and technologies for music; talks on culture and the politics of culture; introductions to traditions; 'must-know' musical discoveries shared; state of the market discussions; insight into the brands-and-music relationship; updates on rights issues; interviews with noteworthy artists; how-to sessions... You get the idea.
With WOMEX moving to Southeastern Europe
for the first time, we would very much welcome strong Conference proposals exploring the state and peculiarities of the regional music industry and spotlighting local musical traditions and their evolution
. Plus, we would like to encourage proposals around the ongoing jazz & world focus at WOMEX
, discussing common challenges and potential.
And remember that they like to be surprised. Suggest something radically different. But whatever you suggest, be sure to convince the Jury that your proposal simply must be picked
We prefer the "one-speaker, one-case"
infotainment type of Conference Session, but every format is possible (max. three speakers).
See our archive
to get a better idea of the WOMEX Conference and its topics.
Should you be selected, a free registration
will be yours - providing you access to all WOMEX events
, including Trade Fair and Showcase Festival. In addition, all speakers will receive our special WOMEX PR treatment
, including announcements in press releases, newsletters, on the WOMEX website plus your bio and contact details will be featured in the indispensable WOMEX Guide.
We will also offer Mentoring Sessions again. Delegates will be able to sign up to talk to experts in a variety of fields
. Each delegate will have 15 minutes of consultation free of charge
, and all encounters will be entirely private. The sessions will last 90 minutes overall. Mentors will be asked to do 2 of these sessions on 2 different days. We are looking for mentors
- managers, experienced artists, festivals, labels, publishers, distributors, press and publicity experts, in short, anyone with valuable advice and feedback to offer.
If you're interested, please email us
a bio highlighting your expertise
, together with any supporting documents/information, and define the topic
you would like to focus on as a mentor. Should you be selected, a free registration will be yours - providing you access to all WOMEX events, including Trade Fair and Showcase Festival. In addition, all speakers will receive our special WOMEX PR treatment, including announcements in press releases, newsletters, on the WOMEX website plus your bio and contact details will be featured in the indispensable WOMEX Guide.
Film Screening Proposal
Film Screening proposal submission deadline is closed
Deadline was Friday, 13 April 2012
Film proposals are independently juried
by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre
Here's what they advise for anyone wanting to get their music-related film into the showcase. Obviously perhaps, they are looking for sheer, undeniable cinematic quality
- a film that grabs the viewer, who should be moved by the way the story is told and how the message is conveyed. This means an intriguing storyline, dramatic composition, fascinating visuals
and overall first-rate camera work
They welcome new/unheard/unseen subjects
and niches but are open to established artists as well. Then, of course, comes the quality of the music itself
Please note, that IMZ charges a submission fee
of 60 euro for the submission and additional 150 euro if the film is selected for the screenings. Find out what the IMZ fee covers
Should your film be selected, a free registration
will be yours.
The proposed film may also become part of our World Music Films on Tour
non-commercial distribution project.
As for the technical considerations
, the IMZ needs:
- Three viewing copies of good quality on DVD, properly labelled.
- Film trailer (approx. 2 min.). If you don't have an official one, please create one for your submission.
- A picture for illustrating the aesthetic of the film: minimum resolution 300dpi; jpg or tiff; incl. picture title and credit.
- If the film is not finished by the WOMEX submission deadline, at the very least enough rough cuts or previous works should be presented in order for the Jury to get a clear, confident idea of how the finished work will turn out. Then the filmmaker must commit to sending the final version as quickly as possible and give an indication of the expected date of delivery.
- Full, precise information filled out on the Film Screening Proposal Form online (film and music credits, synopsis, etc.).
Showcase proposal submission deadline is closed
Deadline was Friday, 13 April 2012
Here we go. Calling all world music artists and DJs
*… It's time for Showcase proposals for WOMEX 12. Come perform at the premier world music Showcase event on the planet. If selected by our Jury, you'll play in front of the largest audience anywhere of international world music concert and festival bookers (over 700 last year), labels, distributors, journalists and industry professionals - everyone you need to help launch, re-launch, sustain and expand your career
Performances in all world music forms and styles are welcome for our 45-minute sets - traditional, classical, modern, popular, electronic
. Whatever you do, wherever you come from, our Jury wants to hear the best from all artists who deserve wider audiences and have the professional standards necessary to tour. Funding
: Please note that WOMEX is not in the position to cover any fees, travel expenses or other costs. What we do provide is the stage, the necessary equipment to perform, local transport to and from the airport and the venue, and our extensive promotional treatment
on equal basis with all other WOMEX Showcase artists. That includes promotion of the show itself, newsletters, online promo, publication of full bios and contact details in our WOMEX Guide, and much more. Additionally, all invited artists will get free full access to all features of WOMEX, plus one free registration for our partner of agreement (the artist representative).
So, if you want to propose a showcase, think carefully about financing
and let the Jury know what support or funding you have. Interested?
We are using an online proposal process hosted by Sonicbids
. Through this method, concentrated and respectful attention can be given to each and every proposing showcase artist - not just during the few days of the Jury session, but for the many weeks leading up to it as well.
There are some territories in the world where electricity is unreliable and/or there might not be sufficient Internet bandwidth
to upload your files. In this case, send us an email
before 1 April and explain the problem. We will come up with a solution. No one will be disadvantaged. Note for DJs
: This year we have a different application process for DJs
– a Sonicbids EPK is not needed. If you want to propose a DJ-set, please send us an email
for further information. Here's how to submit…
Follow this link to the WOMEX gig-listing: www.sonicbids.com/womex2012 Step 1: Create and submit your EPK through Sonicbids
The application fee is 20 USD if submitted before 31 March
, or 30 USD, if submitted between 1 April and the midnight deadline on Friday, 13 April.
For NEW (!) members to Sonicbids
, a WOMEX Showcase submission includes a free 6 month Sonicbids regular membership. If you are already a member
or want to re-activate an EPK, then a one-month validity of the EPK is sufficient for submission.
Sign up with Sonicbids and begin creating your EPK. The EPK
is where artists store everything they need to present themselves: music, photos, biography, and lots more.
To be considered for WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki, you will need the following items - all of them, without exception:
- biography (100 words)
- five songs in MP3 format (up to 25 MB upload possible)
- a complete stage plan (not in EPK, but in questionnaire section)
- full technical rider, including backline (not in EPK, but in questionnaire section)
- selected press reviews or other text info (if available)
- links to artist-related online content (YouTube, Facebook etc.)
- full instrumentation
- no video upload needed (see Step 2, below)
If you don't receive a confirmation email stating "WOMEX submission received", Step 1 is not finished
. In this case please contact the Sonicbids Support Center
online or contact us! Step 2: Send your CDs and videos to the WOMEX office
Send 2 CDs of your latest release plus if available DVDs/video material (performance video footage is preferred) via postal mail to the WOMEX office – address below.
Attention! Mark your package outside with "for promotional use only" and include the name of the artist. The value indicated should be less than 25 Euro because of customs regulations
. Sorry - the materials submitted cannot be returned.
Your proposal can only be considered if you upload all requested material onto Sonicbids AND
additionally send the CDs and any available DVDs/video material to the WOMEX office - with a delivery deadline of Friday, 13 April 2012.
Here's how to address your package
WOMEX Name of YOUR Artist
Tel +49 30 318 614 - 27
Fax +49 30 318 614 - 10 firstname.lastname@example.org
That is the sum of our advice. Be complete, but convincing and be on time. Club Globalkan
Club Globalkan proposal submission deadline is closed
Deadline was Friday, 18 May 2012
WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki will be featuring an extra stage 'Club Globalkan' dedicated to Balkan music
, presenting artists from Greece and the Southeastern European neighbourhood during the three WOMEX Festival nights.
The Club Globalkan stage is an initiative by WOMEX's local partners in Greece. It is supported by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and organised by Gaia Live.
The call for showcase proposals for Club Globalkan is now open, with a deadline of Friday, 18 May 2012.
Follow the link to the WOMEX local partners' website to find out how to propose