The EBBA ceremony takes place on Wednesday January 11th 2017 in Stadsschouwburg Groningen. The event is invite-only but will be recorded and broadcast on public TV stations throughout Europe.

How did you discover the music you love? Where is your favourite artist from?

The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) are about breaking down borders and recognising emerging European rock, pop and dance artists who achieved success in other countries than their own. To do this, 10 European artists will receive an EBBA during a spectacular TV-show presented by BBC-legend Jools Holland.

The show is organised in the context of Eurosonic Noorderslag, on the opening evening of Europe’s biggest live music industry gathering of the year. Previous winners include now established artists such as Adele, Mumford and Sons, Kodaline, Woodkid, Disclosure, Nico & Vinz, Selah Sue, Damien Rice, Agnes Obel, Caro Emerald and many more.

The EBBA are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of  the European Union, and organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union. The EBBA are supported by Buma Cultuur, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, City of Groningen and Music Week. With the EBBA, the European Union wishes to highlight the success of 10 debuting European artists in selling albums and touring outside their home territory. After all, music surrounds us and is part of everyone’s life. We listen to music to relax, to get together, going to work, no matter our age or background.

These music awards aim to highlight Europe's great cultural and linguistic diversity in popular music. The EBBA provide the opportunity for the public to discover emerging European artists, and for their music to be spread and enjoyed across Europe.

How are EBBA winners discovered and nominated?

The winning artists are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • First international release outside the home territory of an artist or group from the countries participating in the EU Creative Europe programme.
  • Sales in EU Member states outside the country of production during the last year (between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014).
  • Radio airplay information: public radio stations from EU countries provide their most played list of new European acts; data is gathered by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • The artist’s ability to perform live, his/her touring, and success at those festivals which take place outside of his/her home country and are part of the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP)

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