Eurosonic Noorderslag partners with Sonicbids to create EuroSonicbids programme

News: 6th December 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Live, Music Training & Careers

Eurosonic Noorderslag announces a partnership with Sonicbids, the website that helps bands discover and book gigs, to create a new program called EuroSonicbids. EuroSonicbids is a joint venture that financially rewards European festivals to book emerging European talent. This program will create as many as 800 slots across 400 festivals throughout Europe and will be dedicated to the bands playing at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2011, fostering the growth of independent artists in the European music industry.

"The aim of the EuroSonicbids Program is to create more opportunities for European acts in Europe," said Peter Smidt, Co-founder and Creative Director, Eurosonic Noorderslag. "We are delighted that Sonicbids is giving European festivals attending Eurosonic Noorderslag financial support with booking bands from the event. It is an offer festivals can't refuse."

"Sonicbids is investing heavily in the European market because part of our job as a market leader is to continue to look for ways to evolve our business model. With hundreds of festivals a part of Eurosonic Noorderslag, they'll be a great partner and will help us expand our network," said Panos Panay, Founder and CEO, Sonicbids. "As a native European, EuroSonicbids carries personal meaning to me. The goal of this program is to further strengthen Eurosonic Noorderslag's mission to fuel the exchange of European music and Sonicbids' mission of presenting global opportunities that will empower a new artistic middle class."

EuroSonicbids incentivizes European talent buyers to select bands that are involved in the program to play at their festivals. For the first band they choose through EuroSonicbids, they receive €500 and talent buyers who open a new gig listing on the Sonicbids site and book a second band will receive an additional €1,000. Festivals will be strongly encouraged to use these funds to pay the artists that are selected.

To learn more about the EuroSonicbids program, please visit the website below.

About Sonicbids
Sonicbids is the website the helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands. Their community includes more than 280,000 bands and 24,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world. With festivals, clubs, colleges, music licensing and much more, Sonicbids offers a diverse range of gigs for every kind of musician. In fact, last year alone, more than 71,000 gigs were booked on the site. The company was founded in 2001 by Panos Panay and continues to focus on its core mission of empowering the artistic middle class. Get a gig or book a band at

About Eurosonic Noorderslag
Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe's main conference and showcase festival for European music. With more than 260 European acts performing in more than 40 venues and over 3,000 music professionals attending, Eurosonic Noorderslag is the ultimate place to be for music lovers and professionals. Organizer the Noorderslag Foundation wants to create a platform for the European music industry and promote the European repertoire. To achieve this, the foundation offers a platform for the presentation, exchange and promotion of music talent. Methods used are two festivals, a conference, a talent exchange program and presentation of seven music awards. Fore more information visit

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