RUSH is a unique initiative that has brought together key Russian music experts to select the most promising Russian performers, present them to international music professionals and integrate them into the global music community.

Forged at the heart of the Russian independent music scene, RUSH initiative is a non-profit organization that finances its work through crowdfunding as well as working with sponsors, art patrons, and cultural foundations.

RUSH operates on democratic selection principles, where the initiative’s panel of experts, once a year, compile a list of Russian musicians across all genres with the greatest export potential. All final selections are made by internal ballot. To promote selected musicians, RUSH aims to secure its presence at key international music events,  organise showcases of Russian music abroad, liaise with international music industry organisations on behalf of Russian artists, and assist with promotional campaigns on international markets.

RUSH is open to cooperation with experienced international music industry professionals with an interest in promoting and developing emerging talent from Russia.

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RUSH Export Pool 1/2017
The first, 2017 export pool includes 6 acts: Siberian garage rockers The Jack Wood,  avant-garde rockers Glintshake, neoclassical composer and pianist Kirill Richter, Moscow-based dance punk band Wet Red, electronic avant-pop artist Kate NV,  and Berlin-based Russian queer electro punk cabaret SADO OPERA.