Apply for a grant to participate in the WOMEX until Aug 8

From October 25-29 2023 WOMEX – World Music Expo – will take place in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. We welcome Estonian music companies to apply for the travel funding  until Aug 8. Music Estonia will be able to support the participation of up to eight Estonian music companies in this upcoming edition of WOMEX from the funds of the Baltic Culture Fund. In addition it is possible for five further companies to receive support from the EAÜ-ME export fund. The scope of support varies slightly between funds, but you can apply for both funds at the same time by filling out one application (see below). 


Participation in the festival allows you to expand the contact network of the Estonian music industry, create new possible cooperation relationships, increase the visibility of Estonian artists and music companies, participate in important meetings and contribute to the development of international cooperation projects. 

WOMEX is the most international and culturally diverse music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and showcase concerts. Over 2,600 professionals (including 260 performing artists) come together every October from 90 countries, making WOMEX the leading networking platform for the world music industry. Its musical spectrum is unparalleled in the international showcase performance market, ranging from the most traditional to the new global local underground, embracing folk, roots, jazz, local and diaspora cultures as much as urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe. 7 stages, around 700 exhibiting companies, 100+ speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights.

From Estonia Puuluup will perform in the official programme of WOMEX on 28th Oct. 

Thanks to the Baltic Culture funding, the delegation from the three Baltic states will be bigger than ever with an official Baltic focus. There will be a joint Baltic booth area, networking event in collaboration with Spanish regional export offices, and a reception. Baltic Culture Fund promotes cultural cooperation between Baltic States, in order to strengthen the internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture through joint cultural events. 

Don’t need support, but are you going to participate in the festival? Also let us know about it, so that we can join you in the activities of the Estonian delegation.


Who are we expecting to apply?  

Music companies and industry professionals who already have ongoing export activities in Europe or a well-thought-out plan to launch export activities. 

One member from each company is preferred as the first choice, if there are places, it is possible to receive support from several.

How to apply?    

To apply, please fill out a questionnaire that outlines your company’s plans, future or planned export activities and interest in participating in the festival delegation. 

Fill out the application here: 

The choice will be made by the selected jury members by mid-August at the latest. If the application is not selected among the eight, it will be automatically sent to the export fund committee and the choice will be made by the end of August. A total of up to 13 industry professionals will be selected from the two funds. The committee evaluates the thoroughness of the application, the ability to set goals and the company’s strategic export plan. 


The composition of the committee selecting the eight applications includes Ave Sophia Maria Tölpt (Music Estonia), Jaan Jaago (Estonian Authors’ Society), Madli-Liis Parts (Ministry of Culture of Estonia), Tarmo Noormaa (Estonian Traditional Music Centre) and Tiia Teder (Estonian Classical Radio). The work of the committee is coordinated by Music Estonia project manager Sebastian Buccioni. 

Find info about EAÜ-ME jury here: 


What does the participant get and what are the conditions?

On the basis of the flat-rate price, the participant will receive support in the amount of either 900 euros (subsidy from the Baltic Culture Fund through ME, VAT not added to the amount) or 500 euros (EAU-ME export fund). 

NB! One participant cannot receive support from two funds at the same time.

The grant amount can be used: 

  • for transport in the direction Tallinn-A Coruña-Tallinn 
  • for accommodation in A Coruña
  • for expenses related to the delegate’s registration
  • for other reasonable on-site expenses.  

The estimated budget for the trip (delegate’s registration, travel expenses, accommodation) and expense documents, if the applicant already has them, must be submitted with the application. 

In the case of the Baltic Culture Fund, the subsidy is paid out based on an invoice drawn up by the company and submission of all related payment receipts. In the case of the EAÜ-ME export fund, the subsidy is transferred after the completion of the contract and the submission of the first expense document.

In order to receive support, the applicant and the legal entities related to them must have no outstanding debts to EAÜ, including report arrears for subsidies received from previous rounds (including report arrears of the EAÜ-ME export fund). 


In addition, grant recipients must attend: 

The participants who received support are expected to be present at the preparatory meeting for the festival and at the on-site contact event.


Applications are open until Aug 8 at 11:59 p.m. 



The WOMEX summer rate (€396 incl. VAT) is available until August 25. Students can register for €165 (incl. VAT).

Use the following link to register as part of the Estonian delegation:

Throughout the registration process the code should already be entered in the respective field. If it is not, enter it manually: NFrPXGJ3aH

If you have been to WOMEX before, you have access to your account with your virtualWOMEX login data, sent to you during your last WOMEX registration. If you have forgotten your virtualWOMEX login data, please follow this link:


If you have any questions, write to the e-mail address

The delegation’s contact trip is organized by Music Estonia, the partners are Estonian Traditional Music Centre and Klassikaraadio. The project is financed by the Baltic Culture Fund (project partners are Music Information Centre Lithuania (lead partner) and Latvian Music Information Centre) and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia. Delegates are also supported by the Estonian Authors’ Association (EAÜ).