Trade minister Lord Livingston announced the 14 artists to receive support from the initiative, which has been set up by the BPI and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to help music makers at a certain stage in their careers promote their music overseas.
Lord Livingston, trade minister, said: ‘Last night’s BRIT Awards showed the depth of music talent in the UK and why we sell more records around the world than almost any other country.
‘50 years on from the Beatles arriving in the America, the Music Export Growth Scheme will give more talented young British artists the chance to be successful on the international stage. This scheme is just one of a number of ways UKTI helps music businesses to get into the rhythm of exporting.’
The successful signed acts and music companies were selected by a panel of industry experts from a pool of 118 applications received in the first round of the programme.
The scheme will make up to £2.5m of grants available over a two and a half year period. It was announced in October 2013 at a Number 10 meeting with music executives chaired by prime minister David Cameron.
The full list of artists receiving funding is below:
Beth Jeans Houghton
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Fred V & Grafix
Melt Yourself Down
Public Service Broadcasting
The Temperance Movement