EMX’s Canadian Export Hip-Hop & Rap Lab: Open call for European Participants

August 5, 2021

EMX project, are looking looking for 15 European music professionals, working in the Hip-Hop and Rap music genres, including all sub-genres, from Hip-Pop to Afrobeats, Afro-swing, Drill and anything in between to participate in their  upcoming Canadian Export Hip-Hop & Rap Lab.  This is a hands-on, week-long digital trade mission to Canada from 6th-10th December 2021, with a Mission preparation day planned for 18th November.

For this project, EMX are specifically targeting participants involved in artist management, the recording sector or publishing sectors.  The trade mission will consist of several brainstorming sessions with Canadian music professionals working across the same music genres, with plenty of networking opportunities, as well as the option for an artist/writer you represent to work with creators in online collaborative sessions.

Selected applicants will get a €800 bursary to use as they see fit to promote their company / professional activity to the Canadian delegation, as well as a free pass to digitally attend Indie Week.

The wider EMX initiative is a 22 month long project, funded by the European Commission.  The EMX project’s aim is to test new strategies to develop and promote the export of European Music. Hand in hand with networks representing European music professionals, artists, musicians, authors and composers, the general objective of this work will be to experiment with different approaches to reinforce the international foothold of the EU music sector, and generate new knowledge to European music export through research and innovative pilot actions. The International Delegation Tour is one of these pilot actions.

The Hip-Hop & Rap Lab is EMX’s digital trade mission to Canada, which will focus on Hip-Hop and Rap music, with industry professionals working in these genres taking part in an online trade mission from Monday 6th December until Friday 10th December.  A Mission preparation day will take place on 18th November, with an option to virtually attend the leading Canadian showcase and conference Indie Week from 9th-13th November. EMX will bring together the best creative minds and visionaries in Canadian and European Hip-Hop and Rap scenes. By taking a “Lab” approach, rather than focusing on company visits or multiplying panels about the local market like it is traditionally the case, EMX want trade mission participants to really spend time with local music industry professionals to think and experiment what the future of European/Canadian collaboration could look like.

Who should apply?
EMX are looking for 15 music professionals, legally residing in either EU countries, Creative Europe countries as well as the UK, and working across Hip-Hop and Rap music genres, who above all are passionate about cross-cultural collaborations and keen to explore new ways of exporting European-Hop and Rap music to Canada. Do you work in the recording sector, as an artist (or writer/producer manager) manager, or in music publishing in this music genre? Relevant roles include (but are not limited to) A&R, Sync Agent, Music Supervisor, Digital Marketing (within a record label), Distribution, Publisher, Streaming Manager, Licensing, Product Manager, Project Manager, Promotion Manager. Are you responsible for helping artists realise their export potential, with an interest in Northern America and specifically Canada? Then EMX want to hear from you.

Full Details: https://www.europeanmusic.eu/trade-mission/

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