«Get Going!» 2024 ⎪ Call for proposals

«Get Going!» goes into the next round: FONDATION SUISA is awarding up to eight grants of CHF 25,000 each.  

Please read the following information carefully. Projects must be submitted using the online application tool at the bottom of this page.


  • The idea behind of the incentive programme «Get Going!» launched annually is based on the philosophy of “making things possible”.
  • «Get Going!» is a seed funding accelerator and investment in a next career step. It presupposes the existence of an established track record and musical trajectory.
  • «Get Going!» seeks to facilitate creative working and artistic development.
  • «Get Going!» does not expect a fully finalised project: present us your ideas, visions, your project in its development phase.


  • The call for projects is deliberately being kept open; there are, for instance, no genre, age or project categories.
  • The «Get Going!» call for projects purposely takes the form of an “elevator pitch”: submissions should be kept brief, coherent and focused on the essential core message. The jury must come away with a clear idea of what the applicant is communicating.
  • Applications are invited from composers, lyricists and musicians who can demonstrate a clear connection to current musical creation in Switzerland or Liechtenstein (= musical repertoire).
  • The choice of means (written, video/audio file, etc.) is down to the applicant, but the submission must be delivered in digital form via the online application tool.
  • If necessary, the jury may respond with follow-up questions.
  • For concrete projects that are already in the realisation stage, please use our online submission tool.

The following will not be considered:

  • Projects with an audio/video production or a concert tour as principal final outcome.
  • Projects disallowed by FONDATION SUISA’s general funding regulations (paragraph 6.4 of the Funding Regulations).


Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted digitally via the online application tool. We do NOT accept any additional documents submitted either digitally or by any other means.
  • Queries of a technical nature should be addressed to
  • The award winners will be announced at the end of the year.
  • NO correspondence will be entered into concerning the selection process or the jury’s decisions.

Acceptance deadline: Saturday, 31.08.2024

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Great Escape 2024 – Review

The Great Escape 2024 ⎪ 15–18 May ⎟ Brighton (UK)

Great success for the Swiss Business Mixer

Even though The Great Escape is not a trade fair, but one of the first major music festivals of the season, the event in the English coastal town attracts a large number of professionals (around 4,000) every year. This year, 55 people registered from Switzerland (previous year 60), making it one of the largest delegations after the top 5 (UK, D, USA, AUS, NL). As has been the case since 2013, the Swiss presence was organised by Swiss Music Export (SME) in collaboration with FONDATION SUISA, Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Embassy in London.

Over 500 acts on around 30 stages were on the programme over the four days, including the traditional Swiss Business Mixer on Friday with four Swiss acts in the once again outstanding Komedia Studio. The programme included performances by SOFT LOFT, BOUND BY ENDOGAMY, SIRENS OF LESBOS and FULMINE. While the concerts of the first two bands attracted a large and enthusiastic audience, the other two preferred to boycott The Great Escape at short notice together with 120 other musicians. The reason for this was the investments made in Israel by one of the main sponsors, which the festival organisers refused to distance themselves from despite an appeal. Nevertheless, the Swiss Business Mixer was once again a complete success this year and all four Swiss acts were the subject of lively discussions, albeit for different reasons.

The next The Great Escape Festival will take place in Brighton from 14 to 17 May 2025.



SWISS MUSIC @ The Great Escape 2024 in pictures:

Submit a request: send in your dossier early!

Important note:
We are currently receiving a large number of new application dossiers every day. We are processing these on an ongoing basis and as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, delays cannot be ruled out. It is therefore important that you submit your dossier as early as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Submit a request

Before you can submit a request, you must read through the funding regulations:

SWISS MUSIC @ TGE 2024 – Register now!

The Great Escape 2024, Brighton (UK)15–18 May 2024

Swiss Music Export, FONDATION SUISA, Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Embassy in the UK are once again taking part in The Great Escape festival, with the Swiss Business Mixer networking event and an exciting selection of Swiss live acts. Seize the chance and benefit from the special Swiss discount for your accreditation:


Swiss professionals benefit from a special 15% discount on their TGE Delegate Passes, an offer from Swiss Music Export and partners.


Friday 17 May ⎜ 12:00–16:00 ⎢ KOMEDIA Studio

The Swiss networking event offers a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and dreams with international music business people and, above all, to discuss music. Once again this year, Switzerland is presenting itself with a number of exciting acts. Enjoy a glass of Swiss beer and English sandwiches to the live sound of FULMINE, BOUND BY ENDOGAMY, SOFT LOFT and SIRENS OF LESBOS on the KOMEDIA Studio stage.

Entry to the SWISS BUSINESS MIXER is free for all professionals – space is limited, so get there early!

All acts can also be seen and heard live in the regular festival programme.
Find out more information on the Swiss Music Export website.

Presented by Swiss Music Export, in partnership with FONDATION SUISA, Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Embassy in the UK.



WOMEX 2024 – Register now!

Register now for WOMEX 2024 with SWISS MUSIC
23–27 October 2024, Manchester (UK)

Swiss professionals of the music sector can now enroll for WOMEX via the SWISS MUSIC stand. The stand is a promotional programme for Swiss music abroad by FONDATION SUISA and Pro Helvetia in cooperation with artlink.

Three reasons why Swiss music professionals should visit the Worldwide Music Expo WOMEX:

• Network with more than 2’500 international music professionals from over 100 countries
• Live music by 60 bookable international showcase acts
• A free platform on site as well as registration fee discount thanks to SWISS MUSIC

Your advantages:

• EUR 40 discount per person on the registration fee (= rate: «From 3rd Person»; exception: CelebRate = Smart Rate EUR 280)
• Free use of the stand infrastructure, incl. presentation area
• Competent stand staff at your disposal
• Free online visibility and presence on
• And more…

Become part of the SWISS MUSIC delegation at WOMEX 2024:

Registration deadline:
18 October 2024

For questions concerning the registration, please contact:
For questions concerning the SWISS MUSIC stand, please contact:

In the event of insufficient registrations, FONDATION SUISA and ist partners reserve the right to withdraw their support offer at any time up to the event.

See you in Manchester in October!

And here are some more impressions from the SWISS MUSIC stand at WOMEX 2023, last October in La Coruña (ES):

The Swiss at jazzahead! 2024 – Review

jazzahead! 2024 ⎪ 11–13 April ⎟ Bremen (DE)

18th jazzahead! with a large Swiss presence

The demand for face-to-face dialogue continues unabated after the pandemic years, as evidenced by the world’s largest jazz fair.
Last year’s SWISS MUSIC stand recorded a new high with 57 accreditations, a figure that was surpassed in 2024 with 60 participants. Switzerland’s attendance in Bremen, which was once again organised in cooperation with FONDATION SUISA, Pro Helvetia and SONART – Swiss musician’s association – is enormously important for the Swiss scene, as reflected in the reactions of visitors to the stand. The music business has become tougher, due to the continuing imbalance between supply and demand – hence the reason for the professionals focussing on long-term networking over the four days. The Swiss stand provided an ideal venue for this.

Live acts and other events at jazzahead! 2024
Switzerland could also be heard live: singer, pianist and composer Yumi Ito and her trio delighted their audience with a showcase, while pianist Claude Diallo was able to present himself to an international audience as part of the club night. A central plank of the Swiss activities was also the exclusive support provided for new start-up UNIT Records. Andreas Waelti and Luca Sisera acquired the long-established Swiss label’s brand name last year. At the SWISS MUSIC stand, the duo was given the opportunity to present their relaunched label to industry professionals and visitors alike at this key international jazz event.

Photo ©Maria Jarzyna
Photo ⓒNina Chen
UNIT Records⎥Waelti – Sisera
Photo ⓒAndi Schnoz

The trend towards longevity and sustainability was clearly discernible at jazzahead!, with various approaches proposed such as the possibility of “green touring”. This shows that the fair is looking to the future under its new energetic artistic director, Götz Bühler – something that is urgently needed in view of the challenges facing the music market.

The 19th edition of jazzahead! will take place from 24 to 27 April 2025.

jazzahead! 2024 in figures:

• 2’985 professional attendees
• 66 participating nations
• 14’490 visitors

SWISS MUSIC @ jazzahead! 2024 in pictures: