The S-EEE programme will contribute to strengthening the ensembles and their artistic projects, while providing them entrepreneurial and sustainability skills to develop a career in the international market with sustainability in mind. S-EEE understands sustainability in all its plural dimensions – social, economical, cultural as well as ecological. 

About Sustainable-EEEMERGING

Launched in 2014, EEEMERGING was born out of a twofold understanding: firstly, Early Music embraces a European dimension in repertory, education and performance and therefore needs to be promoted cooperatively at the European level. Secondly, small ensembles, both attractive to concert programmers and agile in terms of repertory, are the ideal vehicles for transmitting this music that remains rooted in our contemporary, ever-evolving, world. 

Taking into account the achievements of the EEEMERGING and EEEMERGING+ programmes, Sustainable-EEEMERGING (2024-2027) moves forward to keep pace with the changing environment, making sustainability one of the core values of the project, while aiming to have an impact on the Early Music ecosystem. For instance, the project will take action to ensure the soundness of professional careers for artists with an historically informed approach, but also to increase the opportunities for the dissemination and reception of Early Music repertoires across Europe by adopting more sustainable practices from an environmental, economic and social point of view.

The project will be carried out through a series of actions defined and implemented by a consortium of 13 organisations and a circle of over 20 partners (promoters, networks, alumni), in cooperation with a community of musicians who have been supported by the programme over the last 10 years.

The S-EEE young ensembles support programme

In implementing this project, all partners have a keen focus on sustainability, of course, but also on diversity in terms of repertoire, social and gender equity, geographical balance, for example. While artistic quality is paramount, imagination, experimentation and attention to a plurality of audiences, outreach projects or sustainability issues, matter. 

Following their audition and interview, the selected Ensembles will benefit from a tailor-made Learning programme adapted to each of them. It will be based on the skills necessary to embrace a more sustainable career for musicians, including entrepreneurial skills, care for mental and physical health, definition of an artistic identity and promotion etc…. This will be worked out in relation to the sustainability issues specific to musicians and ensembles (e.g. limiting ecological impacts, working conditions…). 

Eligibility criteria

  • The application must be submitted by already existing ensembles with at least one public concert, and with the first concert given after the 1st January 2019. An ensemble is understood as composed of 2 to 9 musicians who play together on a regular basis.
  • Members of the ensemble must have an average age of 32 or less (maximum individual age is 36 years old)
  • The ensemble must be based in a EU member state, a Creative Europe country or another included country – the United Kingdom, Switzerland (full list below).
  • Ensembles that have already been supported by the EEEMERGING or EEEMERGING+ programme are not eligible.


  • Publication of the call : 22 December 2023
  • Submission of your application : 11 February 2024 before midnight
  • Notification of preselection : 16 February (votes 12-13-14)
  • Auditions: 2-3 April 2024 in Vienna (Austria), 4-5 April 2024 in Paris (France) to be precised
  • Notification of the selection by mid-April 2024

Online Information Session

On Tuesday, 23 January at 5 pm CET, there will be an information session about the programme. Register here.

Informative session EEEMERGING