INES#talent

Talent pool of the INNOVATION NETWORK OF EUROPEAN SHOWCASES,
a project initiated and coordinated by gigmit
for Europe's rising talents

Enabling promising talents to drive their international careers forward by performing at showcase festivals all over Europe is the goal of gigmit's INES#talent program.
Applications open until August 27 2019.
Apply now for INES#talent 2020!
What an awesome opportunity!
Why you should apply for INES#talent 2020




  1. As part of the INES#talent pool you increase your chances of being booked for a lineup of many up and coming artists from all over Europe.

  2. Because it is your n°1 chance of introducing your music to the organisers of the 19 most reputable showcase festivals in Europe. Plus, your name will circulate.

  3. And finally, because being an INES talent is a quality stamp given by festival organisers that will considerably help you in your future applications.


For 2020 the 19 INES#festivals together offer more than 125 slots in total to the artists in the INES#talent pool. Being an INES#talent does not guarantee that you will get booked by an INES#festival, but it does significantly raise your chances. According to our survey of the INES#talents 2018 more than three-fourths of them got invited to play at least one INES#festival.

Each booked #talent is offered a minimum package consisting of:

  • min. 250€ fee (plus VAT) per act and festival
  • Accommodation or compensation for accomodation
  • Basic backline (amp, drum kit, no guitars)
  • Festival passes and one conference ticket
  • Catering or buyout

NO compensation of travel costs! We recommend getting in touch with your national music export offices for support.



INES partners and members





19 European countries are represented in the #talent programme by 20 INES partners and members.

8 founding members (excl. gigmit):

11 associated members:


Each INES#festival nominates between 3 to 10 promising and exportable artists from their own country to the INES#talent pool. In the following year, all INES#festivals will book foreign artists out of INES#talent pool.

Apply now for INES#talent 2020!
How to become an INES#talent?
Every upcoming band from Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom can apply. The nominee has to be available for at least 8 out of 19 INES festival dates in the year to come.

You match the criteria and want to get nominated?
Check out the 225 INES#talents from 2019 HERE!
Join our newsletter and get notified about festival application periods and other INES related topics.

And listen to the INES#talent Spotify playlistHERE.
What INES#talents say about the programme
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Your commitment and the nomination process