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WOMEX 2024 will be held in Manchester 23-27th October.

Proposals can be submitted in four categories:

  • Showcase – for artists
  • Club Summit – for DJs and Producers
  • Film – for filmmakers
  • Conference – for music professionals

You can apply through Applications close on the 1st of March.

Recognised as one of the most important gatherings in the global music scene, WOMEX is the most diverse music meeting worldwide. Its musical spectrum spans from the most traditional to the cutting-edge global local underground, embracing folk, roots, jazz, local and diaspora cultures, and urban and electronic sounds from across the globe.

The music showcases will offer two high-profile opportunities to perform in Manchester, as part of the official WOMEX programme and on the Horizons Stage, a platform for showcasing the best musical talent from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There is no separate application process. Artists from the Horizons nations who are not selected for showcase by the WOMEX jury, will automatically be eligible for consideration for the Horizons Stage. This is a collaboration between Arts Council EnglandCulture IrelandArts Council of Northern IrelandCreative ScotlandWales Arts InternationalArts Council of Wales and British Council – coordinated by British Underground. Visit for more information on the selection process for the HORIZONS Stage.

Manchester Music City will be hosting the first in a series of online Zoom events on 12 February to offer advice to people interested in applying to perform at WOMEX. For more information about this, and for regular updates about WOMEX 24, subscribe to British Underground’s monthly newsletter.

Delegate tickets will go on sale in April, with general public and gig tickets released shortly after. Find out more about attending WOMEX 24 as a delegate here.

Scottish artists have had a good deal of success showcasing recently. Talisk performed at WOMEX 2017 in Katowice and band member Mohsen Amini said “WOMEX gave us some incredible opportunities that we never knew would be possible. Took us all over the world and we would urge anyone thinking about it to absolutely go for it!”. Saxophonist Matt Carmichael showcased in October 2023 and said Womex was an amazing opportunity to share my music internationally and perform in front of the industry. It was a great profile boost and has led to more performing opportunities in Europe. It was also great to hear so many other showcase artists at the event too and I left feeling inspired.”

You can apply now through Applications close on the 1st of March.

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