Catfish and the Bottlemen, Crystal Fighters and The Twilight Sad amongst government grant recipients

Sixteen artists in all will receive a shared total of £200,000 in funding to promote British music abroad

The seventh round of government funding to promote up-and-coming UK artists abroad has been announced, with a total of £200,000 going to sixteen artists across thirteen companies.

Perhaps the best known of the artists to receive funding are Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Twilight Sad, Crystal Fighters and Lower Than Atlantis.

According to The Guardian, the money has been made available through the £2.5m music export growth scheme, which was established two years ago by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) with the aim of helping independent music companies make their mark in the US, Asia and Europe.


Estimates on previous grants given out to a number of bands over the last few years put returns at £8.50 for every £1 invested, with around £1.6 million put into the scheme so far.


As well as the above acts, funds are also going to Petite Noir, Denai Moore, The Bohicas, Grieg Watts, Georgie Dennis, Christopher Wortley, Max McElligott, Ephemerals, Martin Harley, Moulettes, Turbowolf and Kero Kero Bonito.

Previous successful applicants include Drenge, Public Service Broadcasting, SOAK Metronomy, Oh Wonder, Young Fathers and Band Of Skulls.

Awards on the scheme typically vary from £5,000 to £50,000 per applicant.