GalicianTunes is the international brand for promoting Galician music, designed as a joint platform by institutions, businesses and professional associations from the music sector in Galicia. Under this label, our music travels and takes part in the leading music markets and shows, international festivals and our artists' concerts and tours outside Galicia. With this same goal, we periodically publish promotional music collections that offer the audience a selection of Galician new releases.
Through Agadic (Galician Agency for Cultural Industries) and in collaboration with AGEM (Galician Association of Music Businesses) and Músicos ao Vivo (association of musicians of Galicia), the Xunta de Galicia (Regional Government of Galicia) promotes GalicianTunes as a form of support for music professionals in the search for three main goals: consolidating the Galician music industry; making the sector more visible in society; and fostering its international expansion.
Promoting Galician music abroad through a quality brand that has its own identity offers an idea of the essential role this work plays in the strategy for internationalising our culture. GalicianTunes is the expression of our modern-day artists' creativity and our businesses’ success. GalicianTunes is the music of Galicia.
Galicia and music
Music in Galicia is undergoing a period of great vitality, as seen more readily in the proven quality and variety of the offer that is available. It can also be seen in the energy of a professional sector (venues, management companies, promoters, record companies and festivals, etc.) that focuses its enthusiasm on taking Galicia to a privileged position on the international stage.
Although traditional music is still our main musical ambassador, we also have consolidated, recognised artists in all modern genres, together with a good number of emerging bands that make room for optimism about our country's musical future.
Galicia's history would not be the same without music. Over the centuries, the successive migrations and invasions brought musical influences from all over Europe; indeed, the bagpipe itself probably came with the Suebi migration in the fifth century. The Way of St James, which leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from anywhere in Europe, has been a first-class channel for cultural exchange since the Middle Ages. The Pilgrims' symbol, a scallop shell, is one of the most basic instruments used in Galician music.
Traditional music has always been a cornerstone to building our cultural identity. Our instruments and songs have been passed on from one generation to the next to keep the legacy intact. Today, traditional music remains as the foundations of this sector, but it is not the only one: Galicia also plays folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, soul and jazz music; it has singer-songwriters, symphonic music, contemporary and electronic music, DJs, dance and soundtracks. No ground is left uncovered.
Located in the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, at the western end of Europe, Galicia covers an area of 29,574 km² and has a population of almost 2.8 million inhabitants. We invite you to visit the Turgalicia website to discover Galicia through its music, beaches, rivers, towns and countryside, industry, craft, culture, language, gastronomy and age-old heritage.