Noorderslag Banks 2.1M Euros For Talent Exchange



GRONINGEN, Netherlands (VIP NEWS) — Eurosonic Noorderslag has been awarded a grant of 2.1 million euros from the European Union for the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP).

The grant will enable Eurosonic Noorderslag to expand the already successful ETEP program over the next five years, which will benefit more European artists.

The unique European exchange program was developed in 2003 by Eurosonic Noorderslag in collaboration with the European Music Office, Buma Cultuur, the EBU (European Broadcasting Organisation), Yourope (The European Festival organization) and with support from Sena Performers.

The ETEP program supports European bands in securing gigs at 60 of the biggest European summer festivals who are members of ETEP.


ETEP’s goal is to stimulate the circulation of European artists within Europe and internationally, by performing at selected ETEP festivals throughout Europe.

Since 2003 over 400 European acts have performed at over 1100 festivals, outside of their home country, though the ETEP system. Acts such as Kaizers Orchestra, Franz Ferdinand, Within Tempation, Voicst, zZz, Wir sind Helden and White Lies have achieved success at the start of their careers thanks to amongst others ETEP.

In the next five years Eurosonic Noorderslag aims to expand the ETEP program from 60 to a 100 festivals and generate more media attention for European music and artists.


This happens in a unique European partnership which comprises a total of 13 European partners such as the German music export office, festival organization Yourope and the festival Italia Wave, who will collaborate and work towards the same mission that Eurosonic Noorderslag has: more exposure and opportunities for European music in Europe.

Besides this, a specific part of the ETEP program has been designed for the Central Eastern European countries in close cooperation with Sziget and Exit Festival.