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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.

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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 swissmusic.ch
• 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:

Winners «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2024

The pop music festival m4music, FONDATION SUISA and the Solothurn Film Festival presented the «Best Swiss Video Clip» awards at the m4music Award Show in Zurich on 23 March. A total of 470 artists submitted their music videos for the «Best Swiss Video Clip» 2024. The two prizes, the jury prize and the audience award, are endowed with CHF 5,000 each and are donated by FONDATION SUISA.


From the five nominated clips, the «Best Swiss Video Clip 2024» jury prize was awarded to «Low Lower Son» by Basel band ELFRID THE THIRD & IVAN EYES, feat. The clip was directed by JANIS POLAR, also from Basel.

For the jury, the clip develops an incredible pull effect: «The video casts a spell over the audience and transports them into a dream world. Again and again, ‘Low Lower Son’ arouses curiosity with unusual perspectives on seemingly familiar images. The entire journey is intensified by the mesmerising music, so that the video remains an invigorating experience even on the second, third or fourth viewing.»

The five clips in the running for the Jury Prize 2024 will each receive CHF 2,000.-, donated by FONDATION SUISA:

  • «Berger» by MEGA, SO LA LUNE, AU6I ⎥ Directed by Tymen Goetsch
  • «Dancemorethinkless» von CABLESALAD ⎥ Directed by Naïma Winkler, Leon Cremonini, Yannick Scherer
  • «Fäschtmol» von TO ATHENA ⎥ Directed by Larissa Odermatt, Tiffany Limacher
  • «Low Lower Son» von ELFRID THE THIRD & IVAN EYES ⎥ Directed by Janis Polar
  • «Light Light» von PRONTO ⎥ Directed by Maximilian Speidel


In the public online voting, «Thunfisch» by BOYSEL beat the other 15 clips to win the «Best Swiss Videoclip 2024» audience award.

Boysel is a collaboration between Manuel Meisel (Anna Rossinelli) and Sebastien Bolli(Dave From Hollywood) from Basel with animated video clips by Kilian Vilim and Etienne Mory. The film was directed by SEBASTIEN BOLLI.

Winners «Demotape Clinic» 2024

Zurich band MANIC PIXXIES wins the «Demo of the Year» 2024 award for up-and-coming talent

For two days, the 26th edition of m4music, the Migros Culture Percentage’s pop music festival, celebrated Swiss musical creation on five stages, with shows by more than 40 artists from Switzerland and abroad, nearly 1,600 accredited professionals and more than 5,500 visitors. It was an opportunity to showcase Switzerland’s burgeoning musical talent. The most promising songs were rewarded in the Pop, Rock, Lyrics & Beats, Electro and Out of Genre categories. And the winners are…


As part of the m4music 2024 edition, the six-piece band MANIC PIXXIES impressed the jury, winning not only the FONDATION SUISA Awards in the Rock category with «Pissing Outside the Bandroom», but also the supreme title of Demo of the Year, with a prize of CHF 5,000.

The m4music jury was won over by their song, raw and bursting with creativity, which goes by the wonderful name of “Pissing Outside the Bandroom”. “Behind this track is a young band creating a strong aesthetic with limited resources. It combines different languages, writes multi-layered songs and doesn’t get lost in different directions, but presents a clear vision,” says the jury in justifying its choice. He is convinced that the awarding of this prize and the money that goes with it comes at the perfect time, and that Manic Pixxies will enrich the musical future.


The FONDATION SUISA Awards 2024, CHF 3,000 each, also rewarded five groups in the following categories:

  • Catégory PopSAMI GALBI (VD) with «Dakchi Hani»
  • Catégory RockMANIC PIXXIES (ZH) with «Pissing Outside the Bandroom»
  • Catégory ElectronicPOLAR STAR (GE) with «UME»
  • Catégory Lyrics & BeatsSENTO (ZH) with «Impulse Control»
  • Catégory Out of GenrePRON0IA (BE) with «This M Body-ed [2]»

«Get Going!» 2023 grant recipients

Once again, this year’s call for submissions for a «Get Going!» grant generated a termendous response. Over 220 dossiers from all parts of the country and all genres were submitted and presented to our expert jury. After reviewing all the dossiers, the jury decided to support the following musicians for their artistic visions with a «Get Going!» grant of CHF 25,000.- each. Congratulations to the beneficiaries!


Luca Forcucci ⎥ Photo ©Nicola Noventa

Luca Forcucci is an artist, composer, and scholar. In his research, he investigates the perceptual relationships between the sonic and the spatial, exploring the inaudible, and the inherent cognitive aspects related to inner landscapes. This exploration involves immersive (deep) listening experiences in diverse locations such as the Amazon Rainforest, South Africa, Ghana, Lofoten Islands, and Alpha Cities. Additionally, he collaborates with neuroscience to better understand the cognitive aspects of the mechanisms of listening. The processes associated with machine learning entail biases and mistakes, stemming from the subjectivity introduced by humans. Furthermore, in the realm of music, what may appear as mistakes are not inherently so; rather, they represent potential new directions a work can take. In his project “Not Always Human(s): Landscapes Perception and Architecture,” for which he received a «Get Going!» contribution, Forcucci delves into questions such as: What can be expected from a sonic architecture when insights from machine learning, cognition and mistakes are applied to it? How might new experiences emerge as a result?


Monte Mai ⎥ Photo ⓒPeter Hauser

Monte Mai is a psychedelic pop trio founded in 2020 by Grenadian singer Anais Schmidt and two Ticino musicians, Fabio Pinto (guitar) and Fabio Besomi (bass). The project that earned them a «Get Going!» grant arose from a desire to examine more closely the musical intersection between North and South. It is looking at bringing together, from an aesthetic point of view, the roots and cultural influences of Latin and Germanic music. The trio’s main aim is to forge a link between the traditional melodies of the Italian musical repertoire and the rhythmic elements of the German genre known as Krautrock or “kosmische Musik”. The contaminating element plays an important role here, ultimately resulting in the emergence of exotic pop, Krautrock, opera, jazz and electronics in a stylistically free space.


Niculin Janett ⎥ Photo ⓒXaver Rüegg

Niculin Janett is a composer and saxophonist who also plays the clarinet and flute. He is one of the most versatile musicians on the current Swiss jazz scene. 2015 saw him found the Niculin Janett Quartet featuring Rich Perry, but he has also visited standards and the Great American Songbook with the duos Janett / Schraff and The Sad Pumpkins, and brought jazz and Ländler folk music together in the ensemble by the name of “(C’est si) B.O.N.”. In 2021 he and the Niculin Janett Quartet succeeded in innovatively combining folk, jazz and classical music in a nine-part suite, “Rêveries Dansantes”. On the back of the «Get Going!» grant, Janett will be able to use a composing workshop in New York city for three months to work on alternative playing techniques, harmonic expansions and new melodic and rhythmic elements.


Nick Furrer ⎥ Photo ⓒSilvio Zeder

After four albums as one-man band “Haubi Songs” and numerous collaborations, Lucerne songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Furrer is artistically at a turning point. He now wants to broaden his musical universe by bringing in new musicians. With this desire to open up, he wants to break down stereotypes both live and in the studio, challenging the structures and strategies of a band formation. The «Get Going!» grant will enable Nick Furrer, who has recently started writing in a number of different languages, to intensify his exchanges with people from all areas of the music business and thus further the reorientation of “Haubi Songs”, perhaps even by creating a live multi-instrumentalist band.


Fräulein Luise ⎥ Photo ⓒFräulein Luise

Fräulein Luise is a young indie-pop band from Zurich whose songs, which feature lyrics in German and Swiss-German, manage with consummate ease the balancing act between socially relevant commentary and danceable music. Consisting of Olivia Merz, Paula Scharrer, Aliosha Todisco and Paul Studer, the quartet has only been in existence since 2021, but quickly achieved cult status with its exuberant blend of genres ranging from indie and pop to rock and jazz. The «Get Going!» grant is an investment in the future of this band, enabling it to pursue creative ideas, explore and pursue new – to it – directions in laboratory-like conditions. As active FINTA artists, they will also use the time to build up their network and reactivate their podcast project “Störfrequenz”, which covers the topic of women in Switzerland’s male-dominated music scene.


Anna Hirsch ⎥ Photo ⓒMaria Jarzyna

Anna Hirsch is a composer, musician and performer based in Basel. She is one half of art-pop duo Fleeb and a member of the Ikarus jazz quintet. Hirsch has also been involved in numerous theatre productions and took part in the international project SOFIA (Support Of Female Improvising Artists). Her wide-ranging experience is the starting point for her next project. The solo project she is currently working on, MARIA RIA, sees her leveraging the inputs of recent years to realise her very own, highly individual artistic visions. She wants MARIA RIA to bring out the insubordinate, the vulnerable and, above all, the playful tendencies that lurk in her and in all of us. The «Get Going!» grant is allowing Anna Hirsch to compose and produce new music, but it is also helping her collaborate with an artistic team to develop a visual aesthetic – including a live show, stage design, lighting, clothing, artwork and videos – that complements and enhances the music.


Trummer ⎥ Photo ⓒBenedikt Schnermann

Christoph Trummer is both a singer/songwriter and an author. Since his 2014 album “Heldelieder”, Trummer’s literary writing can no longer be separated from his activities as a composer and musician. Whether exploring migration, as in the aforementioned “Heldelieder”, or family, as in his “Familienalbum” from 2020, Trummer uses the dialectic of the two artistic possibilities to examine his subject matter in a variety of ways. He is currently working on two projects at once, for which he has been awarded a «Get Going!» grant: “In die Welt kommen” is a book project in which he uses his experiences as a musician in New York to reflect on his sheltered Swiss origins. “Creeds”, the other project, investigates the question of how articles of faith shape our lives – through the lens of spiritual, scientific, political as well as emotional enquiry. The exploration of this multifaceted topic will be documented in conversations (podcasts) and will ultimately result in a book and new songs.

In Memoriam Jean-Pierre Mathez (1938–2023)

We have received the sad news that our long-standing Foundation Board member and Chairman of the Individual Requests Committee

Jean-Pierre Mathez

has passed away at the age of 85.

Jean-Pierre was elected to the Foundation Board in 1996 and left in 2014. He also chaired the Individual Requests Committee (now Artistic Committee) from 1997-2014. The Foundation owes Jean-Pierre a great deal, and the administrative office also benefited from his knowledge and prudence.

A tribute from our Director is paid to him on The Director’s Blog:


SWISS MUSIC @ Linecheck 2023 – Review

Linecheck 2023⎪22–25 Nov⎟Milan (IT)

SWISS MUSIC was in the air

Yes, admittedly, so was the aroma of raclette from the Swiss Business Mixer. But also there in the mix were the voices of some 200 international professionals, invitees of Swiss Music Export. The informal networking event at the BASE cultural centre in Milan, held on Thursday, 23 November, offered Swiss industry representatives an ideal opportunity to network and exchange ideas with their Italian and international colleagues. The Swiss Music Export event was supported by FONDATION SUISA and the Swiss Consulate General in Milan.

During the day, the curated conference sessions at Linecheck provided a chance to catch up on the latest trends, thinking and know-how. The evenings saw Linecheck transformed into a festival. The air was also filled with live Swiss sounds on the Wednesday and Thursday – leastways inside La Capsula, the BASE’s immersive sound chamber. Here, industry representatives got up close and personal with the sounds of electro duo HEITH & PRICE, R’n’B vocalist and producer MILYMA, and pop trio MONTE MAI.


Linecheck 2023 – Showcase Monte Mai – Foto ⓒSME

The following Swiss artists were part of the official festival programme: