One month ago YLE released the news concerning a brand new system to choose their Eurovision entry. Under the name Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu or UMK 2012 hides the intention of creating a contest for new music.
Five judges have been appointed so far to select the entries for the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2012: Pauliina Ahokas (Executive Director, Music Export Finland), Sami Häikiö (Project Manager, Music Export Finland), Anna Laine (Programmer, Radio Helsinki), Tomi Saarinen (Head of Music, YleX) and Jorma Hietamäki (Head of Music, YLE Radio Suomi).
The Grand Final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will take place in Helsinki on Saturday February 25th. It will be preceded by five shows, the first one being broadcast on January 27th. The other shows will be shown on February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th and February 24th. All UMK shows will be broadcast on YLE TV2.
About Music Export Finland
In December 2002, 12 companies and organisations started Music Export Finland as an export partnership. The aim was to facilitate the promotion, marketing and sales of Finnish popular music abroad.
On the 1st of January, 2005, Music Export Finland became an export association that represents the entire Finnish music industry, with the membership comprising of a broad front of relevant organisations. In distilled form, the primary objective of Music Export Finland is to help the Finnish music industry increase its export revenue income.