XA – Export Award
The aim is to support Austrian artists at an early stage of their career and help them after establishing a national basis to make the step out of Austria to an international level.
From 2019 on six acts from the long list of Austrian artists performing at the Waves Vienna Festival are selected by a jury of experts to be nominees (2017 there were ten nominees and 2018 nine nominees) of the XA.
Four international and four national promoters, bookers and music journalists are invited to Waves Vienna and will judge the performance of the nominees during the festival in Vienna.
The winner of the XA receives 3.500 Euro as well as the promise of support from Austrian Music Export, FM4 and Waves Vienna for the following year, including integration at partner-festivals and showcases.