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Next IKF: 20–22 January 2025

In spring 2023, Messe Freiburg decided to redesign the Internationale Kulturbörse (IKF). The aim is to make IKF fit for future within the changing culture sector.

In order to give the organisers the necessary time for the reorientation, the trade fair will be pausing in 2024. The next IKF is going to take place in Freiburg from 20 to 22 January 2025

We will inform you about the new concept and contents of the event in due course.


jazzahead! 2023 – Review

The 17th jazzahead! edition was a good one, while the numbers still have room to grow

From 27 to 30 April, the professional jazz world met in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen for the 17th jazzahead! – Europe’s biggest jazz trade event felt like it did before the pandemic, only somehow better. Proximity was a decisive factor here, not only regarding the design of the trade fair and concert halls, but also in terms of interhuman exchange. All the more surprising is the comparison of visitor numbers: With 2,800 professional delegates, jazzahead! exceeded last year’s edition, which was still strongly marked by the pandemic, by only 100 people. There is room for improvement here. However, this did not disturb the exuberant atmosphere.

The ambience was also visibly enjoyed by the 60 or so Swiss participants coming together during the trade fair at the yellow glowing SWISS MUSIC stand. Here, they met their international partners, displayed their promotional material or simply took a breather in between. The platform was offered to them free of charge by the FONDATION SUISA, Pro Helvetia and SONART – Swiss Musicians Association, who were also taking care of the front office.

There was Swiss live music on each of the three trade fair days, too: Sc’ööf, LIUN + The Science Fiction Orchestra and UASSYN delighted, without a shadow of a doubt, numerous international bookers’ ears.

The next jazzahead! is scheduled from 11 to 14 April 2024.

SWISS MUSIC @ jazzahead! 2023 ⎪ Impressions:

Photos: SWISS MUSIC @ jazzahead! 2023 ⎪ by ⓒFONDATION SUISA

WOMEX 2023 – Register now!

Register now for WOMEX with SWISS MUSIC
25–29 October 2023, A Coruña (ES)

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

  1. Network with more than 3’000 international music professionals from over 100 countries
  2. Live music by 60 bookable international showcase acts
  3. A free platform on site as well as registration fee discount thanks to SWISS MUSIC

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

Your advantages:

  • EUR 40 discount per person on the registration fee (= rate: «From 3rd Person»)
  • Free use of the stand infrastructure, incl. presentation area
  • Competent stand staff at your disposal
  • Free presence on swissmusic.ch
  • And more…

Become part of the SWISS MUSIC delegation at WOMEX 2023:

Registration deadline:
20 October 2023

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 A Coruña in October!

And here are some more impressions from the SWISS MUSIC stand at WOMEX 2022, last October in Lisbon (PT):

Winners «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2023:

GINA ÉTÉ and Estelle Zamme & J4KIM win the «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2023

FONDATION SUISA, the Migros Culture Percentage’s m4music pop music festival and the Solothurn Film Festival awarded the «Best Swiss Video Clip» prizes for the 11th time on 25 March at the m4music Award Show in Zurich. A total of 208 artists submitted their music videos for the «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2023. The Zurich-based musician GINA ÉTÉ received the Jury Award for her music video «Trauma», with JELENA VUJOVIĆ as stage manager. The Audience Award went to Estelle Zamme & J4KIM and the film duo Julien Ledermann & Joaquim Perez for their video clip «Pistache». The prizes, worth CHF 5,000 each, are sponsored by FONDATION SUISA.


The «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2023 Jury Award was attributed to «Trauma» by the Zurich musician GINA ÉTÉ. It was directed by JELENA VUJOVIĆ, also from Zurich.

The jury, consisting of director Mei Fa Tan, filmmaker Géraldine Rod, presenter Lea Inderbitzin of SRF Sounds! Director of the FONDATION SUISA Urs Schnell and Philipp Schnyder, Director of the Migros Culture Percentage’s m4music festival, were impressed by the tasteful treatment of a serious and emotional subject: With aesthetic black-and-white shots and iconic elements, the video deals with humanitarian issues such as war, poverty and the refugee crisis in a discreet and intelligent way and succeeds in moving people, triggering emotions and sparking discussions. It is precisely these qualities that place «Trauma» at the top of the «Best Swiss Video Clip» list, explains Mei Fa Tan.


In the online public vote, «Pistache» by ESTELLE ZAMME & J4KIM, Neuchâtel, and the director duo JULIEN LEDERMANN & JOAQUIM PEREZ, Le Locle, beat the 15 other clips to win the «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2023 Audience Award.

Demo of the Year 2023 – Anuk Schmelcher with «Power»

Demotape Clinic – Winner Demo of the Year 203: ANUK SCHMELCHER ⎪ Photo ©m4music

Anuk Schmelcher wins the «Demo of the Year» Award 2023

The 25th edition of m4music, the Migros Culture Percentage’s pop music festival, celebrated Swiss music creation over two days with almost 1’500 accredited professionals and more than 6’000 music fans present for the occasion. This was an opportunity to highlight the burgeoning Swiss music scene. The most promising songs were rewarded in the categories of Pop, Rock, Lyrics & Beats, Electronic, and, for the first time in 2023, in the Out of Genre category. And the Winners are…


With «Power», ANUK SCHMELZER from Biel wins not only the FONDATION SUISA Award in the category Pop, but also the title of Demo of the Year with a prize of CHF 5’000.


The FONDATION SUISA Awards 2023, worth CHF 3’000 each, were also granted to winners in the following categories:

  • Category Pop ⎪ ANUK SCHMELCHER (BE) with «Power»
  • Category Electronic ⎪ MONODADA (TG) with «Urubu»
  • Category Lyrics & Beats ⎪ WAS DAS? (BS) with «Intakt»
  • Category Rock ⎪ MOONPOOLS (BS) with «Damaged Goods»
  • Category Out of Genre ⎪ FULMINE (FR) with «Bocca Bava»

IKF 2023 – Review

22–25 January 2023, Freiburg i-Bri. (DE)


IKF 2023 – The thirst post-Corona edition

The chosen title may still seem a bit premature, but at IKF 2023 Corona was indeed hardly an issue. What a relief for the participants of the 35th Freiburg trade fair for stage productions after two cancellations due to the pandemic.

Although, as expected, the IKF had to accept a drop in visitors compared to 2020, numerous agencies and artists did not miss the opportunity to present themselves to the international professional audience at the exhibition stands and on stage from 23 to 25 January 2023.

FONDATION SUISA and Pro Helvetia were also present with the SWISS MUSIC stand, together with and for the Swiss music business. The stand was an attractive and cost-effective platform at the IKF to artists and agencies, in particular the five Swiss live showcases in the field of music: 

On Tuesday afternoon, the fair public also gathered around the two neighbouring stands SWISS MUSIC and Schweizer Künstlerbörse t. Theaterschaffen Schweiz for a 90-minute Swiss stand aperitif. A unique opportunity to network – and not least to discover Swiss wine.

The next IKF will take place from 20 to 22 January 2025 in Fribourg.

L’IKF 2023 in figures:

  • 350 exhibitors from 20 countries
  • 4’200 trade visitors from 27 countries
  • 125 showcases

SWISS MUSIC @ IKF 2023 in pictures: