Europe's new music talents receive the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards

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On 13 January, the best emerging musicians in Europe were awarded the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) during a ceremony at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, the Netherlands. The winners received trophies recognising their musical talent and cross-border chart success with their first international release in Europe.

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who opened the ceremony and presented the Public Choice Award, added:

"Tonight we honour the musical stars of tomorrow that will touch the lives of millions of Europeans. With the EBBA awards we want to celebrate cultural diversity across Europe and help to make the most of music's creative and economic potential."

Tibor Navracsics , Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said:

"My warmest congratulations to this year's winners! I am proud that with the Creative Europe Programme, which co-funds the EBBA awards, we are helping young European musical talent find audiences all over Europe and make sure their music is heard across borders."

The 10 winners of the 2016 EBBA awards are:

Tonight's ceremony will be hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland and will feature performances by most of the winning acts. It will be broadcasted by European TV channels and radio stations.

Former winners of the EBBA awards include Adele (2009) and MØ (2015) as well as Stromae, Emeli Sandé, Gabriel Rios, Of Monsters and Men, Woodkid, Mumford & Sons, Caro Emerald, Lykke Li, Disclosure, Katie Melua, The Ting Tings, C2C, Tokio Hotel, Zaz, Nico & Vinz, Saybia, Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Alphabeat, Milow, Afrojack and Melanie de Biasio.


The EBBA awards promote Europe's emerging talents in pop, rock and dance music by supporting wider circulation of their works around Europe. In this way, the awards are helping to address the linguistic barriers that sometimes make it difficult for European artists to work internationally, despite the fact that language diversity contributes greatly to Europe's cultural appeal. 

The awards, which began in 2004, are co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme. Since 2009, they are run by Eurosonic Noorderslag, an organisation that encourages major music festivals to book hot new talents in Europe; in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Buma Cultuur, SNN, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province and City of Groningen, and Music Week.

The ten winners are selected by market analyst Nielsen Music Control on the basis of sales and broadcast frequency, as well as votes cast by European Broadcasting Union radio stations and several European music festivals. One of the winners receives the Public Choice Award based on votes cast on the EBBA website from early December to early January.

The Creative Europe programme offers EU funding to the cultural and creative sectors. With a total budget of nearly €1.5 billion for 2014-2020, the programme aims to strengthen the international competitiveness of the cultural sectors and to promote cultural diversity.

Worth around €30 billion a year, the European music industry is a significant contributor to growth and jobs in Europe. Around €6 billion a year comes from EU's recorded music market. As a whole, the cultural and creative sectors more than 8 million jobs in the EU and account for up to 4.5% of Europe's GDP.