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The Wacken-Foundation is a non-profit foundation which dedicates itself to the advancement of young artists of the rock and metal scene. This advancement is supposed to strengthen the long lasting talent work of the W:O:A organizers.

In recent years, the music market has changed drastically: For example, young talented bands can hardly be advanced or established by the music industry due to decreasing sales figures of sound carriers and increasing spread of illegal MP3 music. It seems that distributing the catalogue of already established artists and banking on established secures the survival of the music industry nowadays. Progress, live shows and constant work of the band are the elixirs of life for rock and metal. Due to the technical opportunities, nowadays everybody who can handle a computer is able to produce an addressing demo tape. However, a band can only succeed long-lasting on the highly competitive music market if their live performance competence can live up to expectations made of high standard technical production opportunities.

It is not about “Germany´s got metal talent” or “Halfplayback Stars” featured by “Melodyne” who change annual and then disappear off the radar. We strongly distance us from this phenomenon from which there is unfortunately no escape due to its major media presence. It is about the advancement of young talented artists who has chosen the long, stony and windy path to fulfil their dream with long and hard work so they will not appear overnight in the spotlight. The Wacken Foundation supports these same and advances them economically.

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