It’s hard to believe, but it would seem that the Government are not making cuts everywhere, making a recent announcement that is great news for musicians and music fans. The Music Export Growth Scheme, is a £550,000 investment of public money to help support the development of home-grown music. Over 14 UK acts have been granted money to help them achieve international success. Excited by the recent success of British music from the likes of Mumford and Sons, Alt-J and many others the government set up the scheme which aims to help a selection of emerging artists with the costs of touring and promotion.
With the help from industry experts, the 14 acts were hand-picked by Lord Livingston, after undergoing a selection process, and impressing panels of music experts from MMF and AIM, were awarded varying amounts of money. The genres included in the final list range from Death Metal to Jazz and Electronica, so it supports the whole spectrum of music being made right now. The UK is one of the largest exports of music, selling more records than other country worldwide and the government hope that this decision will go towards boosting the success of the British music industry, creating jobs and contribute towards the country’s economic growth.
Huge congratulations to all who made it through and especially to not one, but two bands from the local area, Skinny Lister and Savage Messiah who received funding through the scheme. Even better news, the third round of funding applications is now open until Monday 16th June 2014 to find out more visit; bpi.co.uk and click on ‘Export Scheme’.