Brussels, 20 January 2007
Europe's border breaking success stories in the field of music will be recognized and celebrated at a ceremony due to take place in Cannes on 21 January 2007. On the opening day of the international music festival Midem, ten European bands and solo artists along with their record companies, authors and publishers will be awarded this year's European Border Breakers Awards which pay tribute to the entire process of musical creation. With this award, the European Commission, in partnership with the European music industry and MTV, wishes to celebrate and promote the richness and diversity of European music. It also aims to raise young people's awareness about the importance of breaking geographical and mental barriers in such fundamental matters as creativity and the dialogue between cultures.
Ján Figel', European Commissioner for Education, Training & Culture said: "These awards are a testimony to the diversity of European music and to the way it brings people together, especially young people".
On Sunday 21 January 2007, the European Commission will organize the European Border Breakers Ceremony in Cannes for the fourth consecutive year.
At the ceremony – which will feature 7 winners performing live - , ten European bands will be presented with European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), based on statistics provided by the Billboard Information Group and according to the following criteria:
... and this year's winners are:
Earlier in the day, prior to the EBBA ceremony, policy aspects will be debated at an informal meeting of the European Ministers of Culture, together with music professionals, which will be held at the Palais des Festivals. Debate will focus on issues related to the economic aspects of culture and on the music sector's contribution to creativity and cultural diversity in the age of the digital economy. This is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the French Ministry of Culture.
In accordance with the constructive spirit of the awards, EBBA winners and labels can also qualify for EU support in the form of co-financing for the organization of a pan-European Tour including at least four EU Member states.
By sponsoring the increasingly prominent EBBA awards, the European Commission
is making a valuable contribution to the European music industry's efforts to
assert itself in both the European and international markets.
 The European Border Breakers Awards is an initiative of the European Commission. It is organized in cooperation with the music industry, represented this year by Universal, SACEM, EMO, GESAC, ICMP/CIEM, IFPI, IMPALA, as well as with MTV and Billboard Information Group.