UPBEAT, the European Showcase Platform for World Music was founded by Hangvető to support emerging artists who sing in their own language, connect to their cultural roots and speak to current audiences. 

A growing platform of 16 members and 6 associated partners, UPBEAT supported 250 bands and 370 music professionals in its first two years. 

The platform launched two awards: the Best New Talent and Future Festival Awards, and strengthens the ethos of sustainability via its network. 

UPBEAT is co-funded by the European Union.



New Talent

More than 140 emerging bands performed at new showcases supported by UPBEAT in our first year.


Diverse European music on the European market, world music bands at festivals where you’ve never heard before!


The only way to think about the future is through green policies: we are creating Sustainability and Fair Trade Guides for the industry.

Original Language

Artists from 31 countries singing in their original language performed at UPBEAT Showcases - because all lyrics are meaningful.

Network of Professionals

More than 200 delegates, 50 conference panels, mentoring and speed meeting sessions were held in our first year. Join our delegate database, the Universe!



Associated partners


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