The 2009 European Border Breakers Awards were presented to 10 artists
on 15 January during a sparkling show attended by masses of fans during the Eurosonic
/Noorderslag Festival and broadcast on Dutch television on 17 January.
Music and television legend Jools Holland presented the show and performed with his orchestra together with Ruby Turner and Gabriel Rios, a previous EBBA award winner. Gabriel Rios praised the award as a glittering asset on artist’s cv’s and a means of getting more performances abroad.
This years’ show was developed in cooperation with the European Broadcast Union, many of who’s partners showed interest in the show and will be highlighting the award winners' work throughout their network.
This greatly helps open up the European market to debut artists by highlighting their music during the broadcast.
It also helps raise awareness of Europe’s rich musical cultural diversity in pop music more generally.
Shots from the show can be seen here.