Modern music is part of Europe's cultural identity and an extremely important contributor to our economy. Contemporary popular music is appreciated by national audiences who enjoy listing to national artists and support them by buying their CD's and going to their concerts.
However, for emerging talents it is difficult to reach audiences outside their home country and to generate sales in other Member States.
The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) aim to reward artists who succeed in reaching a broad audience with their debut album outside of the country where the album was produced.
European artists (or groups) are selected for an award on the following criteria:
The Awards 2009 were presented by European Commissioner Jan Figel' during the European Breaking Borders Award Ceremony in Groningen on 15 January 2009
|The 10 artists/groups for 2009|
|Adele - “19”
Grande-Bretagne - XL Recordings / V2
|Alphabeat – “Alphabeat”
Denmark - Kopenhagen Records / EMI
|Cinema Bizarre – “Final Attraction”
Germany - Islands Records
|The Dø – “A Mouthfull”
France - Cinq 7
|AaRon –“Artificial Animals Riding on Neverland”
France - Discograph
|Kraak & Smaak – “Boogie Angst”
|Ida Corr – “One”
|Lykke Li – “Youth Novels”
Sweden - LL Recordings / Warner
|The Script – “The Script”
Irland - Phonogenic Music / Sony
The Ting Tings – “We Started Nothing”