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Eurosonic/Noorderslag is selected to organise the European Border Breaker Awards in January 2010

Commission Européenne - IP/09/448   20/03/2009

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IP/09/448

Brussels, 20 March2009

Eurosonic/Noorderslag is selected to organise the European Border Breaker Awards in January 2010

The European Commission has chosen Eurosonic/Noorderslag in the Netherlands to organise the seventh edition of the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA). Through these awards, the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), rewards debut artists and groups who have successfully crossed national borders. At the same time the prizes highlight and promote the richness and diversity of European music, its creativity and its contribution to innovation.

As a result of a call for proposals launched by the Commission in 2008, Eurosonic/Noorderslag, a foundation organising a popular music festival in the Netherlands, was selected as the organisation which will be given the task of selecting successful border breaking debut artists in the field of music. Eurosonic/Noorderslag will also produce the award ceremony and will be in charge of promotional activities for the 2010 event. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in January 2010 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The prize is awarded annually and is financed by the European Union's Culture Programme, which supports transnational cultural cooperation projects involving operators from a minimum of three different countries participating in the Programme. The EU Culture Programme also funds the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage and the forthcoming European Union Prize for Literature.

Former winners of a European Union Border Breaker Award include now established artists such as Carla Bruni, Tokio Hotel, Damien Rice, The Thrills, Gabriel Rios, The Fratellis, Basshunter, Dolores O’ Riordan and many more.

To find out more:

European Border Breakers Awards:

http://www.european-border-breakers.eu

European Commission: Culture: European Border Breaker Awards:

http://ec.europa.eu/culture/our-programmes-and-actions/doc1098_en.htm

European Commission: Culture: Policy developments:

http://ec.europa.eu/culture/index_en.htm


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