About World Music Charts Europe
THE WMCE were founded in May 1991 by 11 radio-producers from 11 countries on behalf of the World Music Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Once a month radio-Worldmusic-specialists from twentyfour European countries select their individual top ten favourites out of current Worldmusic releases from their playlists and mail them to Berlin. The nominations are processed in a data-base and the top ten is then published as the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE. Only actually released recordings will be displayed in the WMCE.
Only producers and presenters who are running a regular Worldmusic program (typicaly one hour per week) in a legal FM radio network in Europe are admitted to the jury (called "The Panel"). Members of the European Broadcasting Union are preferred. There is no quota for countries, but no radio shall be represented by more than three presenters of Worldmusic programs. Each program may only be represented by one person.
The WMCE are a not-for-profit activity. The various costs are covered by sponsors. Financial responsibility is taken by Gift Music GmbH (Germany).
The charts are played throughout Europe in various radio stations. The official colourprint is displayed in many shops. The top ten is reprinted regularly in various countries and displayed on plenty websites. You may find them in teletext systems too. Reprint of the WMCE can only be licensed by the secretary but is free of charge. The reprint is only allowed in combination with the naming of the copyright "copyright by giftmusic".
Secretary of the WMCE is Johannes Theurer. The WMCE are looked after by the German company Gift Music GmbH. For more information you may contact:
RBB - Johannes Theurer
Fon ++49-179-6746 187
Fax ++49-30-97993 35379