European Swing Artists Contest 2019-2020

The European Swing Artists Contest is part of the Swinging Europe Network project financed by the Creative Europe programme of the EU. It is the successor of the previously held Swinging Europe Music Contest.

The main objective of the Swinging Europe Network project is to further develop and increase the international mobility of swing artists in Europe. Therefore, it is building on the achieved results of the previous project by upgrading and extending the reach of the Contest to include not only musicians but also dance performers as well.

The project consortium wishes to continue enlarging the already existing catalog of Swing artists by attracting more and more musicians and dance performers and so to create a reliable and consistent European Swing networking tool, which is to become a core reference point for every festival organizer.

The Contest is open to all European Swing musicians, bands, orchestras, musicians, dance performers and artists.

The participation is free of charge. All artists interested in taking part to the competition can just register on the Swinging Europe Portal, complete their profile and upload a video of their best performance. Registrations can be made not only by individual performers such as singers or solo dancers but also by dancers in couples, dance troupes, bands, orchestras, etc.

The jury of the Contest composed by one expert from each partner and one external expert will select 10 winners who will teach or perform in one of the Festivals/Events organised by the project partners. By uploading their video profiles in the Web portal, each participant will increase his/her visibility towards event promoters/organisers and towards possible collaborators in future.

This project activity will take place between November 2019 and May 2020.

The contest registrations for dance artists will be open very soon. More info is coming.

The Jury

The Jury will be announced soon.

Ivan Pivotti

Since 2003 Ivan Pivotti works in the Spanish music sector in the field of booking and management. From 2003 to 2005 has been working with the company Flamenco Libre and from 2007 to 2012 with La Bikina (Valencia – Spain) as a booking and production responsible of International Jazz Performances. In 2012 started his own Jazz and Swing Booking and Management agency, MARMADUKE S.L. of which is the manager. Marmaduke is the coordinator of Soundroutes and Swinging Europe, both projects financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

Maurizio Meterangelo (Big daddy)

Big Daddy… Band leader (Billy Bros. Swing Ork. – The Hoofers Club), singer, double bass player, MC (Swing’n’Milan, Roma Lindy Exchange, You Wanna Be Americano, Swing on the Beach, Perugia Swing Festival), DJ (Swing Crash, Swing on the Beach, Perugia Swing, Roma Lindy Exchange), dance teacher, events manager (Swing on the Beach, LOT), cultural stimulator, All dat’s Swing’s nerdie and craze.

Georgi Evgeniev

Georgi Evgeniev is part of Lindy Hop Bulgaria – the largest swing dance school in Bulgaria. Swing dancing has become his passion and way of life ever since his very first steps in the dance studio.

He has been professionally engaged in swing dancing since 2014 when the Bulgarian swing dance scene started growing. He teaches daily classes in Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag. He is also experienced in balboa, authentic jazz and boogie woogie.

As of 2015 Georgi is involved in the organization of Sofia Swing Dance Festival – one of the fastest growing swing festivals in Europe that gathers some of the most renown international musicians, dance teachers and more than 700 passionate dancers from all over the world.

Georgi is passionate about early jazz and swing music and the effect those styles have on the development of dance culture now and then.

Christophe Erard

Christophe Erard Founder and organizer of Marckolswing! International Classic Jazz Festival.

Terms and conditions

  • The board jury reserve the right to refuse the application of candidates in the case of an incomplete application. In addition to the prizes the Festival organizers will cover the costs of travel and accommodation.
  • Candidates do not need to have a European nationality, but must be currently based in a European country.
  • The organizers reserves the right to photograph, record, film, stream during the performances related of the winning artists.
  • In order to take part to the contest, bands and artists need to register in the Swining Europe Portal by creating an “Artist” profile.
  • The profile should be duly and fully completed and made it public on the artists section of the web portal.
  • By submitting the entry form, candidates agree with the terms and conditions of the competition and the competition rules.