EXCITE - Exchange of international talent in Europe

The Ironworks Venue

Cooperation Projects



Total project grant (euros)



Creative Europe



Call number

EACEA 45/2016

Project date

20 Nov 2017 - 19 Nov 2019

Number of partners in project


Lead organisation

Kulturungdom, Sweden


Poppunt, Belgium

The Ironworks Venue, UK

Tampereen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Finland

Sorf Sornorsk Kompetansesenter For Musikk, Norway

Rockcity Hamburg EV, Germany

ORA - Organisation af Rytmiske Amatormusikere, Denmark

Music:LX Association Sans But Lucratif, Luxembourg

Stichting Fries Productiehuis Popcultuur, Netherlands

EXCITE is a multi-faceted, collaborative project between nine partner organisations based across Europe. The project aids the development of young artists and music businesses - developing opportunities across the international marketplace to create progress in their career/development. The delivery model is built around a core of ten music festivals in the partners' respective markets, with a further 4 associated festivals in territories, plus curating a stage at one of the top showcase festivals/conferences in Europe.

Excite will also produce two dedicated song camps with internationally respected writers to support to accelerate artistic development and encourage deeper peer-to-peer collaborations. Dedicated specialist industry advice will also be stitched into this activity with respected representatives from managers, labels, publishers, booking agencies, sync agencies and promoters. Initially established in 2009, independently of EU funding, the project has since developed into a more coherent network, attracting a broader range of partners and a wider portfolio of opportunities for young artists and businesses. With a range of projects existing to mobilise fully market-ready talent, EXCITE produces a highly innovative intervention which facilitates internationalisation at an earlier stage for a wider range of infrastructure elements - providing access to:

  • Credible career opportunities to tour internationally and transnationally;
  • Peer-to-peer learning and development of professional skills with industry experts;
  • Brokering networking possibilities and facilitating industry connections;
  • Accessing new markets earlier and reaching and engaging wider audiences;
  • Expediting the development of young artist and music businesses;
  • Leveraging access to high-level international music industry contacts.

Image by Tim Winterburn

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