WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is an international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival.

WOMEX is the biggest conference of the global music scene - an international meeting place for a culturally diverse range of music genres. Every year, over 2,600 professionals from 90 countries (including 260 performing artists) take part in a trade fair, talks, films and showcase concerts as part of WOMEX, forming important connections to further touring and promotional activities.

Being a part of WOMEX is vital for Creative Scotland, as we go forward in our mission to develop innovative and sustainable ways of strengthening international collaboration, and to promote artistic and cultural exchange. The opportunity WOMEX provides delegates and showcasing artists is unmistakeable – a space for building international connections, and to be seen on the world stage.

WOMEX 2024 Bursaries

WOMEX 2023

2023's edition took place in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain from 25 – 29 October 2023. Creative Scotland was in attendance along with a delegation of Scottish representatives from across our world-class folk and traditional music sector.

We had two showcasing artists - Elephant Sessions and Matt Carmichael.


Learn more about Scotland’s 2023 attendance – listen to our curated playlist, download our Meet the Delegates Guide and check out our Guide to Scotland’s folk and traditional music sector.