PRS for Music Foundation is to partner with Creative Scotland to offer more international showcase opportunities for Scottish artists.
Investment by Creative Scotland in the fund will give talented Scottish artists the opportunity to apply for support to travel to and perform at industry showcases and benefit from the schemes networking, mentoring and preparation workshops.
The International Showcase Fund (ISF) is run by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with Department for International Trade, Arts Council England, British Underground, Musicians’ Union, PPL, Wales Arts International and PledgeMusic.
The initiative currently offers support for English and Welsh artists to enable them to perform at key showcasing festivals and conferences such as Canadian Music Week, SXSW, CMJ, Womex and Eurosonic.
Vanessa Reed, PRS for Music Foundation chief executive, said: ‘I am delighted that Creative Scotland will be partnering with us and the existing partners on the ISF.
‘This additional investment means that we can now open this fund to talented Scottish artists who are looking to access a new oversees territory for the first time.’
Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland head of music, said: ‘Connecting Scottish talent to the wider world is one of Creative Scotland’s main ambitions, and this new partnership with the ISF will allow us to do so at an increased level.
‘We firmly believe that Scottish musicians deserve to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best the world has to offer, and that our up-and-coming acts will be the stars of the future. The ISF is the key that will open doors to a wealth of industry platforms at some of the biggest festivals and music events on the calendar.’
In the ISF’s most recent report spanning 2013-16, launched in Parliament this year, 89 percent of supported artists returned with tangible business outcomes.
The research found that every £1 invested by the initiative generated an additional £8.90 in revenues for the supported artist.
Read the full report here.