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WOMEX 2019: Bursaries for Presenters, Promoters and Artists

2019 is the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. We are supporting the Welsh Government to raise the profile of the Welsh language and international indigenous languages by sharing experiences and uniting with UNESCO to protect these rare languages from disappearing, and to celebrate the variety of languages in Wales.

Do you celebrate diversity and language? Are you planning to programme artists who use indigenous languages as a core element of their performance work? Are you an artist who performs, or explores creative collaborations in an indigenous language? Will your work help to connect people from across the world with Welsh audiences and artists?

We are inviting applications from Wales based presenters (festivals, promoters, producers and venues) and artists who wish to attend WOMEX 19, Tampere, Finland, 23rd - 27th October.

WOMEX is the most important international market for world music. This unparalleled international showcase and fair brings together professionals from a vast musical spectrum, including traditional folk and roots, local and diaspora cultures, urban and electronic sounds, as well as Jazz and classical music, from all over the world. WOMEX also includes concerts, conferences, a DJ summit and documentary films.

The showcase festival includes 7 stages, 700+ exhibiting companies, 80 speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights.

Wales Arts International and Arts Council of Wales will be organising a Wales stand at WOMEX 19, under the banner of Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales.

We are offering five bursaries to presenters and artists in Wales, those who are programming or wish to programme world music, or are performing and/or collaborating with indigenous languages. We are seeking to support work that aspires to celebrate world diversity, wherever it’s found – in race, gender, sexuality, age, language, disability.

Who should apply?

You will be a presenter, promoter or artist based in Wales, with a track record in Wales, an international profile and the ability to present international artists, collaborate with others around indigenous language, or create works in indigenous languages with the aim of connecting them with audiences in Wales.

As a delegate you will have the opportunity to develop your programming or artistic work and network with the world’s biggest world music market.

We are looking to support those who are committed to supporting indigenous languages, finding ways to connect Wales with the world and the world to Wales. You should be able to represent Wales’ culture internationally and actively support our diversity vision through a supported visit to WOMEX.

The bursary will be a contribution of £800 towards the costs of your visit:

  • International travel and transfers;
  • Accommodation;
  • Delegate pass;
  • Per diems.

There will be a briefing session ahead of the visit and you will receive support and advice before and during the visit by Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Wales Arts International. You will be required to support the resourcing of the Wales stand by manning the stand on scheduled occasions during the conference.

If successful, you will be responsible for booking your delegate badge and organising your own travel, accommodation and transfers.

There will be a maximum of 5 places.

You must be available to participate in the full period of WOMEX (23 October to 27 October 2019).

The application:

We will need to assess the potential impact of a supported visit to WOMEX on your future programming decisions, your willingness to be a representative for Wales and develop your international career. We want to know (in 750 words or less):

· What you’d like to get out of the visit and why are you interested in attending WOMEX 2019?

· Why is it a timely opportunity for you?

· How would you act as an ambassador for music and indigenous language in and outside of Wales?

· What international projects or networks have you been involved in to date as well as any current international interest in your work?

· What international trade fairs or events have you previously attended?

Additionally, please answer the following questions if you are a presenter/promoter (not included in word count):

· What was the % of artists programmed between 2018-2019 from:

a) Wales

b) UK

c) Other (please provide breakdown)

· What is your planned % of artists programmed between 2019-2020 from:

d) Wales

e) UK

f) Other (please provide breakdown)

· What was the % of artists programmed between 2018-2019 from BAME backgrounds?

· What is your planned % of artists programmed between 2019-2020 from BAME backgrounds?

· What was the % of artists programmed between 2018-2019 who consider themselves to be disabled?

· How do you currently measuring the diversity of your programmed artists and how do you plan on doing so in the future?

When do I apply?

The application deadline is 19 July 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by 31 July 2019.

How do I apply?

Send us your Expression of Interest along with a CV.

Please also include, if possible, two or three publicity images formatted at 300 dpi or higher.

Your application should respond to the questions above.

Please send your application, marked ‘WOMEX 2019 Visit’, to:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Judith Musker Turner: Or Becci Scotcher:

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