Music should know no borders, therefore Europe intends to further stimulate the circulation of European music and talented musicians. The European Commission encourages and recognises emerging artists' success in popular music through the annual European Border Breakers Awards.
The winners of the 2013 edition ... are Nabiha (Denmark), Ewert and The Two Dragons (Estonia), French Films (Finland), C2C (France), Emeli Sandé (UK), Of Monsters and Men (Iceland), Dope D.O.D. (Netherlands), Amor Electro (Portugal), Juan Zelada (Spain) and Niki and the Dove (Sweden).
The winners received their awards in a televised ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland and Dutch celebrity Birgit Schuurman at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands, on 9 January 2013. The ceremony – including performances by most of the winning acts – was be broadcast by Dutch National Television (NTR) and also received European coverage through TV channels and radio stations. It was also live streamed on Youtube.
From 1 November until 21 December 2012 the public could vote for their favourite artists on www.ebba-awards.eu By voting, they could win a trip to the award ceremony.
Chosen by fans across Europe, the French DJ collective C2C received the "Public Choice Award" on top of their "regular" EBBA award.
Europeans enjoy modern popular music and the repertoire of emerging European artists showcases Europe's rich cultural diversity. The circulation of new repertoire is important for people's access to it and the European Border Breakers Awards aim to stimulate the cross-border circulation of new music. Access to new music and its circulation are crucial for artists' capacity to build up relations with the wider European public. The European Commission acknowledges that the European music sector contributes significantly to our economy, together with our other creative industries.
In their home country, artists enjoy the support of their fans, who buy their CDs and go to their concerts. However, it is difficult for emerging talents to break the borders between them and foreign audiences and to generate sales in other EU countries. The EBBAs reward emerging artists or groups successful in this field.
The winners are selected on the basis of Nielsen Music Control research, data from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) radio stations and from festivals participating in the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP).
The Eurosonic/Noorderslag Festival is in charge of organising the selection and the award ceremony of the EBBAs. The Eurosonic/Noorderslag Festival was selected in 2009 further to an open call for proposals as part of the "Special action" of the Culture Programme.
Website EBBA: www.europeanborderbreakersawards.eu