A record number of close to 2000 artists applied to play at the next edition of Tallinn Music Week

14 December 2022 Music Festival

Hum Of Tartu, TMW 2022. Photo: Helena Pass

The artist application call for the international new music festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) has resulted in a record-breaking 1974 submissions from 85 countries. The highest numbers of applications were submitted from the United Kingdom and Germany, followed by the host country Estonia. 

The 15th edition of TMW is scheduled to take place in various clubs and concert venues across the Estonian capital Tallinn from 10th to 14th May 2023.

The interest in the Estonian festival has increased considerably compared to last year’s 1413 applications from 74 countries. Topping the current list with 325 applicants is the United Kingdom, followed by Germany with 201 and Estonia with 158 applications. The number of applications from the United States and Italy has also increased considerably and there is continued attention towards the festival among artists from farther countries, such as Taiwan, Senegal, Zambia, Mozambique, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Ecuador.

“It is a pleasure to see that the message of TMW as a positive connector has spread around the world,“ says TMW’s Head of Music Taavi Esperk. He adds, “Besides getting such great results from the leading music markets like the UK, Germany, Italy and even the US, we are very glad that nearly 40 Ukrainian artists are wishing to perform at TMW. Additionally, we will take a closer look at the evolving scenes of Baltics and Poland and will once again highlight the trendsetting sounds of Africa and its diasporas.”

TMW 2023 artist application TOP 10 by countries:

1. The United Kingdom: 325
2. Germany: 201
3. Estonia: 158
4. Italy: 134
5. Finland: 129
6. Canada: 75
7. Poland: 65
8. United States of America: 62
9. Spain: 53
10. Latvia: 50

All applications will be reviewed by TMW’s team of music curators, which includes representatives of both Estonian and international music organisations and experts in various genres and scenes. A confirmed line-up of around 150 artists will be announced from February to March 2023.

TMW 2023 takes place from 10th to 14th May in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

TMW 2023 passes are on sale at the TMW webshop. Festival Pass that grants access to all the music festival events is available for the best price of 45 euros until 29th December. PRO Pass for 150 euros provides access to the TMW conference and digital PRO platform as well as priority access to the music festival.

TMW is organised by Shiftworks in cooperation with several partners and co-curators. TMW’s strategic partner in the field of music is the national music export office Music Estonia.