How do I get paid as a freelance musician?

Sign up for the Music Alliance lecture on the basics of freelance spirit and the different forms of work that freelance musicians can use - from the form of employment to different alternatives of self-employment: What suits me best based on my intended business? How much do I need to administer myself?

Time: Wednesday 22 June at 13.00 - 14.15 via zoom.
Sign up here.

List place, industry breakfast & mingling at Nordic Folk Alliance!

On April 20-22, it's time for the showcase festival Nordic Folk Alliance in Gothenburg! MCV is now handing out a limited number of guest list places - it's first come first served!

Sign up by name and which of the days you want to participate (or if you want to come every day) by the latest April 17 via email to Lars Elf at MCV:


On Wednesday, MCV together with RFOD, Bilda and Folkmusikens Hus invites you to an industry breakfast and mingling! This is an excellent opportunity to network and make new contacts in the international folk music sphere. NOTE, pre-registration required!


The festival also offers a packed conference program with speed coaching and other exciting features! Meet our business manager Karin Inde in one of the panels, on the subject Artist Development - about the steps in an artist's career and what is good to think about along the way.

Take part in the entire conference schedule here.

There will be showcases during both Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and evening around the following stages in Majorna:

  • Musikens Hus (big stage)
  • Café Hammock
  • The ship GBG

Check out the entire game schedule here!


Nordic Folk Alliance is a conference and showcase festival for musicians, artists, bookers and delegates in folk music and roots with a focus on Nordic music. Live music, seminars and networking are on the schedule and delegates are invited from all over the world! Nordic Folk Alliance is arranged by the Administration for Cultural Development, ExMS, MCV, Gothenburg & co and others.

Reminder: Kickoff for this year's Restart me booking April 25th!

On April 25 at 18.30-20.00 opens the MCV doors (digitally) with a kickoff to this year's round of the project Restart me - booking! This year the focus is on booking and we aim for sales, launch and international exports.

What challenges do you face during the booking process?
How do you get on your feet after the pandemic?
How do you really get away and play abroad?

All MCV members are welcome to attend this digital seminar where we briefly present the Restart Me project, which you can apply for now and until 29 April. We meet our two project inspirers in booking - Johan Karlberg and Maria Rylander! These eminent bookers and organizers have long and solid experience in the music industry when it comes to booking, organizing, management and what it takes to keep the live piece alive.

April 25 at 18.30-20.00

 (link will be in the mail a couple of days before)

here until April 20.

Apply for the Cultural Council's restart grant!

The call has now opened, of the Cultural Council's restart grant of 659 million.

Individual musicians / artists can not apply for this, BUT you who work collectively in a group or in an association can apply!

The restart grant is aimed at companies and organizations that carry out professional cultural activities or that conduct promotional activities in the cultural field and must support a restart of cultural life according to the effects that the covid-19 pandemic has had on the cultural industry.

The application is open from April 11 to May 4. Read more here.

Registration of interest to participate in the tender catalog Barnkultur Öst

In November, the digital, regional supply catalog was launched Children's culture East - with cultural activities aimed at children in Östergötland from preschool to high school. Children's culture East should be a link between professional culture creators, organizers and children and young people.

As a cultural actor, you can register your interest in participating in the regional cultural offer for children and young people. Registration of interest refers to all or parts of 2023 and must be submitted no later than 1 May.
Register your interest here

Östergötland Region stands bacom Children's culture East.

Apply for matchmaking at jazzahead!

Export Music Sweden, ExMS arranges again speed meetings during the big jazz festival and expo jazzahead! in Bremen April 28 - May 1. Swedish delegates may meet foreign delegates in short meetings on an assembly line.

Read more about Meet the Sweden's matchmaking session and how to apply here!

ExMS also offers travel support for you who travel as a Swedish delegate to jazzahead !. There is a limited number of travel grants of SEK 5 per person. The support is aimed at entrepreneurs and employees at companies. The support also includes professional and export-ready musicians / artists who are at the fair.

Read more and apply here.

The Artist's Guide - The Artists' Committee's new handbook!

Do not miss the Artists 'Committee's new handbook The Artists' Guide! It is aimed at you who are a professional artist and often freelancer. The handbook contains information on, among other things, tax and security systems, parental and sickness benefits, how to declare and start and run a business. The handbook gives you as an artist guidance on what applies when you receive a scholarship or grant.

Read more and continue botanizing The artist guide