Electronic pop band Pearly Drops is one of the fifteen nominees at the 2024 Music Moves Europe Awards, the European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music. The Music Moves Europe Awards will be given out at ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) in Groningen on Thursday 18th Jan.
With the Music Moves Europe Awards, the European Commission aims to put a spotlight on the most interesting new European talents and to showcase the richness of the European music industry.
One of the fifteen nominees this year, Finland's Pearly Drops is an electronic indie pop duo consisting of Sandra Tervonen and Juuso Malin. With concise and sparse compositional methods, ethereal vocal performances underlined by dreamy, precise synths and percussion, Pearly Drops explain to be "in the process of weaving - something made for keeping the hope inside and the unmeaningful at bay". Pearly Drops’ nostalgic soundscapes have been said to create a “sense of time and placelessness in a world of strange and softly smudged pop music”. The ethereal synth pop duo released their sophomore album A Little Disaster via Cascine Records in April 2023. Pearly Drops will be performing at ESNS on Thursday 18th Jan.
Other nominees this year include Yunè Pinku (IRE), Ash Olsen (NO), ClockClock (DE), Waterbaby (SE) and Freekind (SI), among others.
All 15 yearly nominees are given the opportunity to perform at the Eurosonic Festival (ESNS) and are invited to join the exclusive MME Education program. The 5 winners of the Music Moves Europe Awards are also honored with prize money of EUR 10.000. The winner of The Grand Jury MME Award wins EUR. 10.000 and the Green Touring Voucher of EUR 5.000.
A selection of nominees and winners will also be invited to play at the Reeperbahn Festival in September. The highly regarded MME Public Choice Award is decided by the fans of the 15 nominated artists in a voting campaign, with a chance to win EUR 5.000 and a Deezer Session recording if they gather the most votes.
The Music Moves Europe Awards are organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) in partnership with Reeperbahn Festival and co-funded by the Creative Europe program. It gets the support of a unique alliance of European music industry partners. The nature of this EU Prize affirms a shared commitment to help emerging artists to break through in Europe and beyond.
Previous nominees and winners of the EU Prize include Adele, ROSALÍA, Dua Lipa, Mumford and Sons, Christine and the Queens, Girl in Red and Blackwave.