The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is organized annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), together with the Host Broadcaster and over a dozen Participating Broadcasters.
The contest is overseen by the Reference Group on behalf of the Participating Broadcasters. Each Participating Broadcaster is represented by a Head of Delegation.
The EBU supports and supervises the work of the Host Broadcaster and is the central point of contact of all Participating Broadcasters. Together with its Partners, the EBU is dealing with all matters related to the brand, international marketing activities, rights management, voting, communications and online activities.
The EBU is represented by the Head of Live Events, Martin Österdahl. Day-to-day project management is in the hands of Gert Kark.
The Steering Group is the executive committee of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Its purpose is to oversee the organization and guide the contest on behalf of the Participating Broadcasters.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is organized by a national public broadcaster. While at the Eurovision Song Contest the winning country gets the right to host the next contest, any participating public broadcaster can apply to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest by submitting a bid. For the Host Broadcaster, organizing the Contest is often an unprecedented but exciting challenge. The Host Broadcaster's operations are managed by its Executive Producer.
Heads of Delegation
Each Participating Broadcaster sends a delegation to the Contest. While the artist is the most visible delegate, the Head of Delegation is actually in charge of the delegation. This person is the EBU's main contact and is responsible for making sure their delegation acts in accordance with the Rules.