Music Export Growth Scheme backs 14 indie acts

BPI-logo-NEW-banner-2Melt Yourself Down and Public Service Broadcasting are among the UK indie acts receiving backing from the Music Export Growth Scheme.

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:

Afrikan Boy
Beth Jeans Houghton
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Filthy Boy
Fred V & Grafix
George Benjamin
Holy Mountain
Melt Yourself Down
Public Service Broadcasting
The Crookes
The Temperance Movement
Throwing Snow
Zara McFarlane

Read our interviews with Melt Yourself Down’s Pete Wareham and Public Service Broadcasting