When showcase registrations finished on Sunday 12th August for SIM São Paulo, there were exactly 2,299 artists from 22 countries and 25 Brazilian states. From this total, 27 will be selected to perform at the Centro Cultural São Paulo between December 6th - 8th, and will be announced on September 3rd.
The numbers surpass those of last year - 1,215 artists from 17 countries and 21 Brazilian states.
Over 700 artists have registered from Argentina, a remarkable result of the partnership with the National Institute of Music (INAMU) which supports artists selected to perform at the event. Artists from Uruguay, Chile, Colombia are also present and confirm SIM São Paulo increasingly as a meeting point for the Latin American market.
Portugal stands out among the European inscriptions. The collaboration between SIM São Paulo and MIL (Lisbon International Music Network) has reinforced the importance of opening up new opportunities for exchange programmes. Efforts to strengthen this link are also supported by Why Portugal, an association dedicated to the export of new Portuguese music.
Within Brazil, most of the inscriptions come from São Paulo, followed by Rio de Janeiro, reflecting the historical market concentration of both regions. But each year the presence of delegations from other states grows and underlines the sheer quantity of Brazilian music being produced. This year there are representatives from almost every state.
The strong representation of artists from Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul is the result of local music professionals investing in continued networking opportunities. With little or no institutional support, SIM São Paulo is an important opportunity to expand their connections.
Both the Federal District of Brasilia and Ceará have public programs to support their local music scenes, and it is interesting to note the increase in proposals sent by artists from these regions. In addition, the development of regional conferences, such as CoMA in Brasilia and the Maloca Dragão in Fortaleza, seems to have had a positive impact in maturing and professionalizing the local scenes.
With the International Music Fair of the South (FIMS) in Curitiba and the Tum Sound Festival in Florianópolis, both in their second year, Paraná and Santa Catarina also have had a significant increase in the number of applications.
The vitality of the music production of the north and northeast is represented by the traditionally-strong music hubs of Pernambuco, Bahia and Pará, who are this year joined by a significant increase in inscriptions from Paraíba. The states of Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins and Piauí are present for the first time. Only Acre and Mato Grosso do Sul have not submitted nominations for showcases this year.
SIM SÃO PAULO 2018 will take place from December 5 to 9 at Centro Cultural São Paulo and at more than 30 venues throughout the city.
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