ESNS Kickstart Awards

Award for new Dutch talent at Noorderslag

Incentive prize in cooperation with Buma Cultuur and Dutch Music Export

Since 2021, ESNS presents a new award for upcoming Dutch talent: the ESNS Kickstart Awards. With this initiative, ESNS wants to support emerging Dutch talent and accelerate their young career. An ESNS Kickstart Award consists of a cheque worth €2,500 and is presented to three acts by ESNS media partners FunX, NPO 3FM and NPO Radio 2 Soul & Jazz.

The ESNS Kickstart Awards winners of 2022 are COR, MEAU and Bnnyhunna.

Joey Ruchtie, Dutch artist booker at ESNS: “The music industry is facing challenging times. At the same time, Dutch pop music is evolving rapidly and is increasingly gaining attention. ESNS wants to endorse this progress and support emerging talent by offering them access to a larger audience at Noorderslag. ESNS Kickstart Awards serves as an extra push in the development of these talents.

Previous ESNS Kickstart winners

2021 - Froukje

2021 - Yssi SB

NPO radio 2 Soul & Jazz
2021 - Joya Mooi