UNM is an umbrella organisation for contemporary music and sound art with boards in the five Nordic countries which each year take turns organising the UNM festival. UNM was founded in 1946, making it one of the world’s oldest festivals of its kind. There, works by composers and sound artists under the age of 31 from and/or based in the Nordic and Baltic countries are presented. The purpose of the festival is to meet across national borders to exchange thoughts, musical ideas and establish new connections.

Every year all UNM organizations announce a open call. And the call is open to any artist or artist collective who are citizens or residents in Denmark, are 30 years or younger at the time of application, and work with music or sound as the primary element of their work. The works will be selected by a country specific jury.

A number of pieces (various from year to year) will be selected from the following countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. One piece each will be selected from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


The call for works for the 2024 festival is now closed and we have announced our participants on our Social Media.


The festival will take place from 19 August to 25 August 2024 in Örebro, Sweden.

UNM 2024 will feature an exciting collaboration with a professional chamber orchestra and a collaboration with Open Art, a biennial for outdoor- and site-specific arts in Örebro, and may contact participants in UNM about potential artist-collaborations and co-programming works for the respective festivals. 

This year there is also a residency in collaboration with Ställbergs Gruva, a cultural center based in an old mining facility outside of Örebro. For the residency, one project from each Nordic and Baltic country is selected.


The theme for the UNM festival in 2024 is “Specificity+”. Through site-specific explorations within the Örebro region, we ask questions about the location’s specificity: what significance does it have, to whom does it belong and what is its relationship to change and transformation? From a musical point of view, we will discuss, explore and situate ourselves in relation to the site’s specific characteristics, their changing relationship to themselves and their surroundings, as well as how this affects the artistic process.

For more information on the festival see the  website of the host country.