Calling all creative thinkers! From now until 29 February, we’d like you to submit your designs for fantastic products and services which make the most of Europe’s rich Music digital cultural heritage.

Competition criteria

Europeana is looking for products, services and projects which:

  1. Re-use Europeana openly licensed content
  2. Are dedicated to the competition themes of First World War, Art & Design and Europe’s music heritage.
  3. Demonstrate clear social and/or economic impact. Successful entries will meet at least one of these criteria:
    • Offer novel and engaging ways of experiencing and/or interacting with digital cultural content
    • Support lifelong learning e.g. have a strong educational element
    • Enable commercial re-use of cultural data
  4. Have a clear business model (address key elements, such as target group, value proposition, technical feasibility, sustainability)

We are open to entries at various stages of maturity (concept, prototype, early stage product). Suitable entries include apps, online services, games, e-books, or artistic and product designs.


The Music Lesson | Moritz, Louis, Rijksmuseum. Public Domain Marked

The Music Lesson | Moritz, Louis, Rijksmuseum. Public Domain Marked

We have made a selection of content and technical resources available to help your creative process.

Europe is steeped with musical heritage and this diversity is well reflected on Europeana. The Europeana Music Collection provides access to over 200,000 items, including images, text, video and of course sounds, representing nearly every European country (plus a few more!). Whilst we have a few examples of audiovisual creations using this material, specific examples on the theme of music are poorly represented. This is your chance to change that!

Of course feel free to explore Europeana Collections for more inspiration. Should you have any questions with regard to content sourcing and/or the Europeana API, please drop an e-mail to [email protected]. James will also run weekly online Q&A sessions on 12th February at 13:00 CET and 19 February at 11.00 CET. Subscribe for a session by sending him an e-mail for your preferred date.

Europeana Labs is the go-to place for anyone wishing to re-use Europeana content. It provides featured datasets highlighting some of the great content that is available, an apps showcase for inspirational ideas, and a wealth of other resources to help support your project. If you’re planning on using the Europeana API then there’s extensive documentation that will help developers unlock the rich resources in Europeana – sign up for an API key.


Competition winners will receive a share of the total prize fund of 25.000 EUR for further development of their projects. The exact amount of funding will vary depending on the project quality (how well the entry meets the competition criteria) and development needs. To receive the funding, the winner will be required to sign a subcontract with the Europeana Foundation.

In addition, competition winners may be eligible for non-financial support, such as participation in co-creation and crowdfunding workshops.

How to apply?

Submit your application via the simple form here. Deadline: 29 February 2016.

Within two weeks after the competition deadline we will contact short-listed applicants and schedule Skype interviews to further evaluate their application. Competition winners will be announced on 31 March 2016 on the Europeana Labs website.

Good luck! We very much look forward to seeing all the amazing things you want to create.