Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

The artist application round for the ninth edition of the new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) ended on 1 November with 1470 applicants from 59 countries, about one-fifth of those from Estonia. Next up were Finland, Russia and Latvia. Some of the most exotic places to apply from included Mali, Tunisia, Cabo Verde, Taiwan, Indonesia and Greenland. 

Around 200 applicants will be confirmed into the festival line-up by a broad team of Estonian music experts – representatives from different venues, festivals and labels, as well as radio presenters, managers, producers, promoters and PR experts. The three-day showcase programme will be announced at the beginning of February.

TMW 2017 TOP 10 applicants per country:

Estonia 264
Finland 224
Russia 143
Latvia 95
Belarus 86
Denmark 71
Poland 59
United Kingdom 48
Israel 46
Canada 41

According to the head of the festival’s music programme, Raimond Põldmaa the increase of interest from international acts proves that TMW is becoming an integral part of the global music industry.

„Besides Estonians, international acts also have something to gain by performing here. The application statistics clearly indicate that the countries we get most applications from, are the ones that we have made important connections with during the recent years, such as Canada and Russia. New doors open for us every year as the interest towards Tallinn Music Week and the music from our region is constantly growing. This is also very good news for our audience – it can expect an exciting international music event at the end of next March.“

Held each spring in Tallinn, Estonia, TMW is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. Already in its 9th year, TMW’s core is the multi-genre new music festival with the line-up spanning from outside artists to chart-pop acts and from folk innovators to classical musicians.

The festival’s role as a significant platform for both emerging and established musicians around the world has grown steadily. TMW 2016 confirmed 250 acts from 30 countries to perform at the festival, among them Russian beat master Pixelord, Mancunian post-punk troupers The Membranes, and Danish-Finnish indie-supergroup Liima. Besides showcases presented by local promoters TMW has featured festival stages by Finland’s biggest metal festival Tuska and city culture festival Flow, as well as a joint night by UK’s FatCat Records imprint 130701 and Estonian Üle Heli festival.

Among the acts who have successfully tested their international breakthrough potential at TMW and moved on to bigger stages are Danish dark rockers Get Your Gun, Belorussian cold-wave group Super Besse, Russian postpunk flag-bearer Motorama, and Estonian very own folk innovators Maarja Nuut and Trad.Attack!.
The ninth edition of TMW takes place in Tallinn from 27th March to 2nd April 2016.

For the second time TMW will fill the entire week. In addition to the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, TMW offers a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes, TMW Arts programme curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, and City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts.

TMW 2017 dates:

27th March – 2nd April: TMW Tastes, TMW Talks, TMW City Space
28th March – 2nd April: TMW Arts
30th March – 1st April: music festival (the evening showcase programme)
29th March – 1st April: City Stage (the daytime live programme)
31st March – 1st April: TMW conference
1st – 2nd April: Design Market

Tallinn Music Week 2016 in numbers:

250 artists from 30 countries
34 676 festival visitors
1036 delegates
624 international delegates
132 international journalists
70 festival venues
113 755 unique visits to the website from 144 countries


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  2. Tallinn Music Week’s Telliskivi Creative City Award winners are Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP

  3. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

  4. John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders”

  5. Tallinn Music Week with Telia and Spotify announce voting for your favourite artist

  6. Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

  7. President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid opened the Tallinn Music Week conference Creative Impact

  8. Artist Marko Mäetamm will open a new solo exhibition during Tallinn Music Week

  9. Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

  10. The public discussion series TMW Talks encompasses issues from urban development to cosmic beauty

  11. Trad.Attack! and Onuka set to hold a joint concert at Russian Cultural Centre during Tallinn Music Week

  12. Tallinn Music Week will light up new paths in the city and give new lease of life to old garages

  13. Nordea and “Five Stars” present a carefully selected Tallinn Music Week “best of” programme

  14. Tallinn Music Week presents a documentary film programme in Sõprus cinema focusing on music, politics and consequences of consumerism

  15. TMW conference Creative Impact to put spotlight on big European questions and innovation across industries

  16. Tallinn Music Week presents more than 100 free concerts in locations from charity shop to a hotel suite

  17. Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

  18. Tallinn Music Week will fill the historic railway station Balti Jaam with sounds of the future

  19. Finnish music company Fullsteam’s 15th birthday party to be celebrated at Tallinn Music Week

  20. Kristjan Järvi presents “Radio Head Rewritten“ at Tallinn Music Week opening concert

  21. Tallinn Music Week announced new conference speakers from the rulers of London nightlife to tech revolutionaries

  22. Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center introduce local and international arts and the daily lives of artists

  23. Tallinn Music Week presents authentic small island tastes and the best cuisines in town

  24. Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

  25. President Kersti Kaljulaid to open this year’s Tallinn Music Week conference

  26. Tallinn Music Week launches the new festival season with a new design and website

  27. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

  28. Tallinn Music Week is offering priority passes for the first time

  29. Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to increase the export capabilities in Japan

  30. Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

  31. Tartu Music Week and sTARTUp Day transform the university town into music and tech festival

  32. Estonia kicked off the international tech conference Slush with Estonian president inviting everyone to become an e-resident

  33. Lithuanian psychedelic rockers Garbanotas Bosistas are the favourite of Tallinn Music Week audience

  34. Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

  35. Chamber Choir Sireen to release a debut album ’Terra Incognita’ with a special performance on 18th September

  36. TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

  37. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

  38. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a record signing session in TMW summer house at Positivus Festival on Sunday 17 July

  39. Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

  40. TMW 2016 artist prize Telliskivi Creative City Award goes to I Wear* Experiment

  41. President Ilves in the opening address at the TMW conference and CFCForum: terrorism and populism impact on all of us