PRS for Music Foundation funds 13 acts to play Eurosonic 2017

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith, Azekel and Moonlandingz are among 13 acts playing at Eurosonic 2017 thanks to PRS for Music Foundation’s International Showcase Fund (ISF).

The artists will be performing at Eurosonic Noorderslag, which takes place in Groningen (Netherlands) from 11-14 January.

This is the highest number of artists that the Foundation has funded to showcase at the event, reflecting its continued importance as an export market for British music.

Recent figures illustrate how important Europe is as a territory for PRS for Music members. In 2015, Europe accounted for £118.9m (61 percent) of PRS for Music’s international royalty collections. In the same year, international revenue generated the organisation’s largest source of income, making up 36 percent of all collections in 2015.

Vanessa Reed, PRS for Music Foundation chief executive, said: ‘The UK is one of only three net exporters of musical repertoire in the world, and Europe remains far and away our biggest market – accounting for over 60 percent of PRS for Music’s international collections.

‘Today’s announcement shows that our commitment to growing that market remains as strong as ever despite any changes to the political climate. Eurosonic is of particular importance because it provides an opportunity to showcase before thousands of delegates, as well as bookers from more than 400 international festivals.’

The ISF is run by PRS Foundation, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, Arts Council England, British Underground, Musicians’ Union, PPL, Wales Arts International, Creative Scotland and PledgeMusic. The fund currently offers support for UK artists to take their first steps into international territories by enabling them to perform at key showcasing festivals and conferences such as Canadian Music Week, SXSW, CMJ, Womex, Eurosonic and Jazzahead.

In the ISF’s most recent report spanning 2013-16, launched in Parliament in 2016, it was highlighted that 89 percent of supported artists returned with tangible business outcomes (such as record, publishing or touring deals). Every £1 invested by the fund generated an additional £8.90 in revenues for the supported artist.

The full list of supported Eurosonic artists is below:

Anna Meredith
Be Charlotte
CC Smugglers
Elle Exxe
Holly Macve
Let’s Eat Grandma