The artists set to benefit from £250,000 worth of Government funding to promote British music around the world have been revealed, with the likes of Imogen Heap (pictured) and The Wombats on the list.
Via the third round of the Music Export Growth Scheme, the independent music companies behind 16 chosen acts will be awarded a share of the cash to increase international sales. The scheme has been set up by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the BPI.
Also amongst recipients are alternative rock band Fearless Vampire Killers, electropop act Fenech-Soler, London five-piece Hadouken and folk-rock act Dry The River.
“Landmark albums and popular records from the canon of British music continue to form a strong core of UK music sales around the world,” said BPI director of independent member services Chris Tams.
“And in recent years we have started to witness more artists from the independent community top the charts and perform sell-out shows on the international circuit. The Music Export Growth Scheme has a role to play in this success and we are already seeing an encouraging return on the investment made by the Government, as bands embark on tours with iconic bands like The Rolling Stones and the Manic Street Preachers.
“We are calling on more great talent from across the nations to apply. It’s an invaluable funding opportunity for developed UK acts.”
The scheme was announced in October 2013. Since then, more than £750,000 has been granted to 28 different music companies across the UK with acts spanning the genres of indie, rock, classical, hip hop, soul, acid punk, dance, pop and urban. A further £1.75 million will be made available over the next two years as part of the Government’s plan to encourage 100,000 small businesses to export.
Acts previously supported include Metronomy, Young Fathers, Slow Club, Public Service Broadcasting and Holy Mountain. As a result of the grant, bands have been able to secure touring slots with The Rolling Stones and Manic Street Preachers, while others have gone on to secure publishing, sync, and distribution deals. The scheme re-opens for applications on Tuesday, August 12.
John Kennedy, chair of the Music Export Growth Scheme, said: “As we move to our new invitation for applications we are beginning to see the results of this commitment by the Government to our industry.
“We are seeing the money being successfully used as seed money to launch or build on international careers. The variety of uses that successful applicants are making of the funds is itself a testament to the innovation that these grants can drive.”
The artists to receive a share of just over £250,000 provided to independent music companies span a cross-section of genres including alternative/rock, electropop, dance, hip hop and soul music. The names are as follows:
- Antlered Man (from London), and Black Moth (Leeds) (touring jointly), signed to New Heavy Sounds
- Dry The River (London), signed to Stephen Budd Management
- Fearless Vampire Killers (London) signed to
- Fenech-Soler (from Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire), signed to Fwinki Music
- Fink (Brighton), signed to ATC Management
- GHETTS (London), signed to Disrupt Ltd.
- Hadouken (Leeds), signed to ATC Management
- Imogen Heap (Essex), signed to Megaphonic Ltd
- Max Cooper (originally from Belfast), signed to
Agency X Artist Management
- Smoove & Turrell (Newcastle), signed to Jalapeno Ltd
- The Answer (Belfast), signed to TAP Music Ltd
- The Heavy (Bath), signed to Redlight Management
- The Wombats (Liverpool), signed to SB Management
- The Wytches (Peterborough), signed to Raygun Music
- Waylayers (London), signed to Merrington Music Management