ACCES 2019 Showcases: the Best event for African Musicians to be held in Accra

Are you an African musician? Are you ready to deliver outstanding live performances ready on the international stage? You are invited to apply to perform at the ACCES 2019 Showcases in Accra, Ghana from November 14th to 16th. 

ACCES is organized by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) in a different African city every year and it offers a strong program and platforms for artists to perform in front of a diverse audience of local and international delegates, including festival programmers, promoters, spinners, record companies, and other influential audiences.

Launched in Dakar in 2017, and held in Nairobi in 2018, the event includes training workshops, round tables, presentations, live concerts, networking sessions, exhibitions and visits to key venues in Nairobi. Musical industry in the host city. Delegates from more than 50 countries are expected this year.


ACCES showcases are destined for emerging musicians who can deliver outstanding live performances and are ready for the international stage. ACCES curators are also looking for musicians who will genuinely benefit from the opportunity. As this event is happening in Ghana, emphasis will also be on local bands with a view to showcase the best in Ghanaian live music.

This call is open to African musicians (solo artists, bands, DJs etc.) based on the continent; All genres are welcome; All participants must be over 18 years old. All applications must be based on live performances. No backing tracks. Performances supporting political parties or religious faith will not be permissible. Applicants should be prepared to be available for the duration of ACCES and to perform on any of the dates (14-16 November 2019).


The artists will receive a modest stamp; Local transportation will be provided (for representation-related trips). Accommodation will be provided for artists based outside Accra (at dates defined in connection with the performance). Artists based outside Accra will receive a per diem.VISA fees will be refunded upon presentation of receipts. Artists will be given a pass giving them full access to ACCES activities. The artists will be promoted through the Music In Africa and ACCES platforms (program, newsletters, press releases, website, social networks). ACCES will provide a classic sound and light device and a basic backline. ACCES will provide media coverage. ACCES will provide tools for artists and their representatives to create new contacts and audiences, as well as B2B-like opportunities.

NB: Musicians based outside Accra must be prepared to finance transportation costs to and from Accra themselves. The Music In Africa Foundation will strive to help musicians apply for funding from available networks and partners, but cannot guarantee support; it is, therefore, important to make sure before applying.

How to apply?

Please note that your application is based on your Music In Africa profile. Here is an example of a profile:

Your profile should have the following: Clear biography; At least three latest song releases; At least one video performance; At least two high-resolution promotional photos; Social media links.

Steps to apply

Read the call for applications carefully; Create (if you haven’t already) a profile on the Music in Africa Artist & Industry section using this link: Your profile must include a clear biography, a minimum of three tracks, one live performance video, two high-resolution promotional photos, and social media links. Complete and submit the online application form in English or in French

The Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019 (midnight CAT)

For more information, visit Music Africa




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