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Apolo is a member of the Liveurope Platform, an initiative that supports concert halls in their efforts to promote emerging European music. The platform works as a seal of quality awarded to live music venues committed to European diversity.
The objective of Liveurope is to boost the programming of live performances by promising artists all across the continent and help them reach new audiences. Established in 2014, is the first pan-European initiative of its kind that supported, during these years, over 2.900 artists representing 40 European nationalities.
Who are the Liveurope members?
Liveurope is a membership organisation, bringing together international concert venues across Europe. The platform is coordinated by Ancienne Belgique, the internationally acclaimed concert venue located in the heart of Europe: Brussels. The member venues are selected for their dedication to booking European talent, as well as their professional infrastructure and international reputation.
- Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (Liveurope's coordinator)
- A38, Budapest, Hungary
- L'Aéronef, Lille, France
- Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
- Blå, Oslo, Norway
- Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
- FZW, Dortmund, Germany
- Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- MKC, Skopje, North Macedonia
- Močvara, Zagreb, Croatia
- Musicbox, Lisbon, Portugal
- Nová Cvernovka, Bratislava, Slovenia
- Palác Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic
- Posthof, Linz, Austria
- Principal Theater Club, Thessaloniki, Greece (associate member)
- Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
- Santeria Toscana 31, Milan, Italy
- Stodoła, Warsaw, Poland
- Sveta Baar, Tallinn, Estonia
- Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Village Underground, London, UK (associate member)
How does Liveurope work?
Liveurope provides support in the form of a financial bonus to the member venues proportionally to their booking of emerging, non-national, European acts. The function of this mechanism is to give established concert venues the opportunity to programme emerging artists every year.
The venues, in turn, are completely autonomous in their choice of programming and booking artists, as long as these acts are both emerging and European.
What’s an ‘emerging artist’ in this context?
In order to be considered as a ‘Liveurope supported’ performance, the artists need to have fulfilled a number of criteria. Firstly, the artists must be based on the European continent, must have proven a dedication and aspiration for an international music career and a professional artistic presence that cannot exceed 7 years.
Moreover, the artists in question must have published at most 3 professional studio albums, but must have provided a valid demonstration of a professional entourage. To be eligible in the Liveurope mechanism, the artist in question must be from a country other than the one where the venue is established.
How is the platform organised?
The Liveurope platform is coordinated by Ancienne Belgique, and it is supervised by a "Steering Committee", composed of 3 platform members, whose role is to monitor the activities carried out by the members.
Currently, Liveurope’s steering committee members are: Blå (NO), Palác Akropolis (CZ) and Musicbox (PT).
Liveurope platform aim is to keep expanding to include more concert halls across Europe, and become the defining quality label for European concert venues.
What’s the ‘Creative Europe’ programme?
The aim of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union is to support European cultural, creative, and audio-visual sectors. Liveurope, being one of the first initiatives co-financed by this programme, has the responsibility of bringing new artists and music to new audiences across European borders, supporting emerging musicians in their artistic career.
What is ‘Above 55°’?
Above 55° is a music project that allowed the Nordic countries to become the first regional cluster within the Liveurope framework. Supported by the Nordic Culture Fund within the scope of the Puls initiative, it aims to increase the visibility and booking opportunities of up-and-coming Nordic talent across Europe.
The team of experts in discovering new talent from the Nordic region consists of Blå (Oslo), Debaser (Stockholm) and Vega (Copenhagen).