European Border Breakers Awards 2012 anounces winners

Celebrating the top new talents in European pop music
The European Border Breakers Awards have recently been held and are designed to celebrate some of the greatest new talents and pop in Europe. The winners were announced by Androulla Vassiliou who is the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Those who won awards this year are:

Elektro Guzzi (Austria)
Selah Sue (Belgium)
Agnes Obel (Denmark)
Ben l’Oncle Soul (France)
Boy (Germany)
James Vincent McMorrow (Ireland)
Afrojack (Netherlands)
Alexandra Stan (Romania)
Swedish House Mafia (Sweden)
Anna Calvi (UK)

The Commissioner commented, “music is something that transcends background and age, it is a universal medium that is capable of touching everyone. The people who’ve won awards today are those who’ve gone beyond their home countries and their energy and talent has ensured their success abroad. It is my sincere hope that these awards help to inspire other artists to focus on music that is internationally appealing.”

Nielsen Music Control is the company who select the winners. Those who are capable of winning the award must have enjoyed cross-border success with an international release between August and July. The award is given based on broadcasting frequency and record sales – as decided by votes by the EBU or European Broadcasting Union.

Background
The winners will receive their awards in a televised ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands, on 11 January 2012. The ceremony – including performances by most of the winning acts – will be broadcast by Dutch National Television (NOS/NTR) and will also receive European coverage through TV channels and radio stations.

One of the winners will also receive a ‘Public Choice Award’. From 1 November until December 31 the public can vote for their favourite artist on www.ebba-awards.eu. By voting, they could win a trip to the award ceremony.

Former winners of the ‘EBBA Awards include Adele, The Baseballs, Carla Bruni, KT Tunstall, Tokio Hotel, The Ting Tings, Lykke Li, The Scripts, Milow, Katie Melua, Mumford and Sons and Caro Emerald.

Now in their ninth year, the awards are funded by the EU Culture Programme and organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The awards are supported by Buma Cultuur, SNN, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, City of Groningen and European Music Office.

Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s most important music conference and showcase festival, aiming to encourage circulation of European music. Eurosonic Noorderslag also is the organization of the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP). The ETEP boosts circulation of talented European artists among a network of European summer festivals. It creates opportunities for professionals in the European music business and ultimately contributes to the development of the European music industry.

The European music industry makes an important contribution to growth and jobs, accounting for a significant part of our cultural and creative industries, which provide quality jobs for 8.5 million people in the EU and contribute 4.5% to Europe’s GDP. The total value of the EU recorded music market is around € 6 billion a year. The European recorded music market presents around a fifth of the total music market which is worth close to € 30 billion.

To find out more:
Website of the awards: www.ebba-awards.eu