It has emerged that 500,000 Euros is what SMTV San Marino is asking artists for to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.

Italian singer songwriter Tony Maiello was approached by a representative of the national broadcaster of San Marino to represent the small nation at the Eurovision Song Contest. There is however a small cache for any interested singer, the broadcaster asks for funding from the artist of 500,000 Euros. This according to the representative of the broadcaster is spent on:

Promotion, travel to the host city and other costs.

It is not uncommon for broadcasters to require participating artists to pay towards participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. BNT the national broadcaster of Bulgaria is asking for partial payment towards participation in next years contest in Kyiv. While Moldova has long operated a model which sees the broadcaster pay differing amounts of the costs the artists incur depending on how well they perform at the contest.

The claims of Tony Maiello have not been verified by Eurovoix, however we understand that this model has been used by SMTV San Marino for at least the past two years. It is our understanding that another British songwriter had approached the broadcaster and was also asked for a payment towards the cost of participation.

Source: il Fatto Quotidiano

San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, they finished last in their semi final with just 5 points. San Marino withdrew from the contest before returning again in 2011. Since then the country has participated annually and in 2014 qualified for their first final. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for a third consecutive year in 2014, at the contest in Copenhagen she performed “Maybe” and went on to finish 24th in the final scoring 14 points.