UK Music Acts receive
Fourteen UK-signed acts from Newcastle, Devon, Leeds and Edinburgh among other cities are the latest beneficiaries of the UK music export growth scheme.
The performers, spanning the range of music from hip hop and folk to alternative rock, will receive almost £250,000 to support their efforts to break into overseas markets.
UK acts accounted for one in 10 of artist ablums sold in the US during 2013, and a quarter of european album sales. The Music Export Growth Scheme aims to continue this success by helping small and medium-sized music businesses promote their artists in international markets.
The Scheme, funded by UKTI, will make up to £2.5 million of grants available over a two and a half year period. The scheme's first round of funding was distributed to successful applicants in February, 2014, to support activities in north america and europe.
Trade & Investment Minister Lord Livingston said: "The British music industry is a global success story. This exporting strength brings jobs and economic growth to the UK and the Music Export Growth Scheme lets up-and-coming British artists up the tempo on the international stage."
The acts that will benefit from the second round of funding are: Lulu James (pictured below), Band of Skulls, Bo Ningen, Charli Taft, Christian Gregory, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Julia Biel, Metronomy, Savage Messiah, Skinny Lister, Slow Club, Smoke Fairies, Transition and Young Fathers.
(Soul singer Lulu James - one of the UK music acts helped by the Music Export Growth Scheme).
More details on the scheme are available at http://www.bpi.co.uk/export-scheme.aspx
Source: Government release, published on February 20, 2014.