The EU prize for popular and contemporary music

An EU initiative designed to support emerging talent and promote and celebrate the richness of the European repertoire.

What is it?

The prize for popular and contemporary music is an EU initiative designed to support emerging talent and promote and celebrate the richness of the European repertoire.

How does it work?

Going by the name of ‘European border breakers awards’ (EBBAs), these annual awards co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, have recognised Europe's best up-and-coming artists since 2004 who have been successful outside their own countries with their first international release. 

Every year’s winners represent a range of musical genres, from folk-influenced rock to electronic pop and dance music. Previous winners of the award include some of Europe's best-known artists: Adele, Stromae and Dua Lipa, to name a few. 

The EBBA winners are selected on the basis of a combination of airplay, sales, live performances in Europe, and position in the European Border Breakers Charts.

What is next? 

As from the 2019 edition, the prize shall commit to not only reward emerging music acts, but also support their efforts to incubate, develop and accelerate their international career in the new music ecosystem. In this respect, a call for proposals has been published (Deadline: 21 April 21 2018).

Where can I find out more?

Further information is available on: