European Emerging Bands Contest

Searching for the future sound of Europe!

The European Emerging Bands Contest (EEBC) is a digital competition calling all young European musical talents, soloists and bands!

The competition is run by JM International in collaboration with the European Parliament, in the framework of the EYE - European Youth Event that gathers thousands of young people from all over Europe at the European Parliament, in Strasbourg. 

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Young European bands, it’s your time to shine!

The EEBC looks to discover the most amazing up-and-coming young European bands to shine on an international stage in Strasbourg, France. Six selected bands get the choice to perform in front of thousands of young engaged Europeans from across the continent as well as to win a cash prize of €800 and an all-expenses paid trip to Strasbourg.

The competition is open to bands with a maximum of 6 members (all under 30 years old) from European Union member countries, EU candidate countries and former member countries (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom), and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

The selected bands should appeal to a wide range of people and their songs should contribute to raising awareness of issues facing your generation, whether climate change or gender equality, social inclusion or mental health, from democratic participation to peace... we wanna hear bands with something to say!

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What is the EYE?

The EYE (European Youth Event) brings together at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and online thousands of young people from all over the European Union and the world, to share and shape their ideas on Europe’s future. It is a unique opportunity for 16 to 30-year-olds to interactinspire each other and exchange their views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers, right in the heart of European democracy.

During the event, participants take part in activities co-created with institutions, international organisations, civil society, youth organisations and participants themselves, offering a space for discussions and networking. 

The EYE floods Strasbourg with young people in order to tackle the greatest challenges facing this generation. It is an opportunity to reconnect youth with Europe’s institutions, open dialogue and discussions, express opinions as well as through their music, and celebrate together all steps forward towards a better world!

The 5th edition of the EYE will take place between the 9th and 10th of June 2023, in Strasbourg - France. 

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