16 acts have been chosen for the third Music Export Growth Scheme
The Wombats, Dry The River and The Wytches are among 16 acts to receive government funding in order to promote their music around the world.
Hadouken, Waylayers, Fearless Vampire Killers, The Heavy, Funk, Imogen Heap and Fenech-Soler have also been chosen for the third Music Export Growth Scheme, which will see the artists given a share of a £250,000 pot to help increase their international sales, reports Music Week. The scheme started in October of last year, and £750,000 has already been given to bands including Metronomy, Young Fathers and Slow Club.
£1,750,000 will be be available over the next two years as part of a plan by the UK government to encourage 100,000 small businesses to export. The scheme is open to applications again on August 12. Speaking about the scheme, its chair John Kennedy commented: “We are seeing the money being successfully used 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 grants are there to help bands fund touring expenses and boost their profile overseas. Speaking previously about the scheme, Trade Minister Lord Livingston argued that success abroad benefits the UK economy as a whole. “From The Beatles to Adele to Mumford & Sons, Britannia rules the airwaves and sells more records around the world than almost any other country. 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 full list of artists supported by the latest grants from the scheme is:
Dry The River
Fearless Vampire Killers
Smoove & Turrell