25 ensembles or young musicians have been nominated for the years 2018/2019, for the sixth edition of “The New Austrian Sound of Music (NASOM)”, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ music support programme.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is very pleased by the high level of talent and broad range of music genres exhibited by the artists who will receive particular support from the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA) in the 2018–2019 biennium: “The young musicians are an excellent representation of the breadth and variety of Austrian music. I am happy to see that many artists are represented in the pop/electronic and jazz genres this year.”
A specialised jury, together with the Austrian music information centre mica – music austria (www.musicaustria.at) and all Austrian music universities, have selected the five best acts in the classical, jazz, pop/electronic, new music and world music genres. This programme for up-and-coming talent was initiated 15 years ago by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
The BMEIA’s Austrian Cultural Fora, Embassies and Consulates General will provide the best possible support to the 25 selected ensembles or soloists when they perform abroad. This includes recommendations to foreign organisers and festivals as well as concert organisation. The support provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs plays an important role in aiding young up-and-coming musicians to secure global performances. The following ensembles were selected for the 2018–2019 biennium:
Karner und Wagner
Pacific Quartet Vienna
First gig never happened
Month of Sunday
Sinfonia De Carnaval
Woody Black 4
Golnar & Mahan