JUMP START is for music industry professionals who have an innovative idea, but need some support to make it happen. By following JUMP START, we will help you structure your idea so that is ready to be implemented at the end of the nine months. If you already have a great project, but need to strengthen it before it can really take off, please apply to JUMP BOOST.

JUMP is an accelerator programme open to all professions of the music sector (live, recording, publishing, management but also service providers) with a focus on the business side of the industry. We do not support artistic projects. The important aspect for us is that there is a need for your project within the music industry ecosystem, and that it is innovative in its approach. We have supported projects fostering social change, enhancing technical development or building bridges between the key players of the industry in 2019 and we want to keep this diversity in 2020. Further information on the eligibility and selection criteria can be found down below.


First and foremost, we are looking for extremely motivated people. JUMP START is a demanding programme requiring:

  • Attendance at all the festivals and conventions of the network; you will need to attend seven events in nine months, often with a three-night stay.
  • Monthly calls with your tutor to discuss the latest developments, challenges and actions steps you need to make.
  • Work and dedication on developing and structuring your idea so that it can be implemented at the end of the programme.
  • Interim assignments such as drafting a clear project description, undertaking a market research, drafting communication and branding strategies, and a business plan.
  • Participation in all the JUMP activities during the conventions (pitch sessions, speed-meetings, speakers on panels, holding a stand etc.)
  • Light reporting on your progress to the JUMP team on a monthly basis.
  • Drafting of a final 20-30 page report.



  • Benefit from a unique framework to develop your idea
  • Profit from the knowledge and expertise of experienced music industry professionals
  • Become a full member of an international community of fellows
  • Get the chance to network on a European level
  • Discover the different European markets
  • Receive the JUMP certificate of excellence after successful completion of the programme
  • Be accredited for seven festivals/conventions
  • Have your travel and accommodation costs covered to all events of the JUMP network


Selected participants will have the following costs kindly covered by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission and the JUMP organisers:

  • International travel costs in second class to all JUMP conventions
  • Accommodation costs for all JUMP conventions

Not included: local transportation costs, transfer to the airports and personal expenses.


  • Being the head/manager/founder/initiator of the idea (please kindly note that only one person can apply, but that you can apply on behalf of a group, or company, or band)
  • The call is directed at experienced music industry professional (artists-entrepreneurs, agents, booking agencies, festival organisers, artist managers, music distribution & sales companies, music supervisors, media, promoters, publishers, venue promoters, record labels, service providers related to the music business etc.) with at least 3 years of experience in the music industry
  • The call is open to applicants from the 28 Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and the 5 candidate countries (Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey).
  • Participants must be fluent in English
  • All applicants should be above 18 with up to date travelling documents


  • Potential of the idea
  • How innovative your idea is
  • Motivation
  • Strategic vision or what you will do with the opportunity to join the JUMP programme as a fellow
  • Fluent in English

In addition, JUMP – the European Music Market Accelerator will strive for

  • Gender balance (a strict 50/50 % rule will be applied)
  • Geographical diversity
  • Balance in terms of the applicants’ background


The deadline to submit your application is Sunday the 24th of November 2019, Sunday, the 1st of December – 24:00 CET. You can have an overview of the questions here. Applications will only be taken into consideration if submitted online via this application form. No applications via email or post will be considered.

The first selection results will be announced on Tuesday the 10th of December 2019. A group of pre-selected candidates will be invited to send further information on their idea by Friday the 20th of December 2019, 12:00 CET. Please kindly pencil it down in your agenda.

Final selection:
The final selection results will be unveiled on the 10th of January 2020. Please kindly note, that you will have five days to confirm your participation should you have been selected. If you do not respond within those five calendar days your spot will be offered to another applicant.

Find out more about the Training Programme.