UK indie label acts receive overseas investment boost

The Music Exports Growth Scheme (MEGS) has awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds to UK indie music labels and companies to support 21 acts in overseas promotional touring and marketing.

Run by the BPI, the initiative will award £249,385 to labels and management companies in this eighth round of funding.

The money will contribute to the marketing and promotional costs of 21 British acts as they look to build their profiles and promote their releases overseas through live tours, digital engagement and other activities.

The recipient artists range from MOBO winning jazz saxophonist YolanDa Brown and Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, to eclectic folk performer Luke Sital-Singh, synthwave act GUNSHIP, and punks Slaves.

The Department for International Trade, through support from the GREAT Britain campaign, relaunched the scheme in partnership with the BPI in October 2016.  This made up to a further £2.8m available in grants through to 2020 to help British acts and independent labels export their music to overseas markets.

Small and medium sized companies are eligible to apply for MEGS grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 to help promote their UK acts around the world, giving them the opportunity to go global with their talents.

Chris Tams, BPI director of international, said: ‘The MEGS promotes an incredibly diverse range of music that isn’t typically part of the mainstream but deserves to reach a much wider international audience.

‘Smaller labels don’t always have the means to market their talented artists overseas, which is where the scheme can make a vital difference, helping to boost not only their profiles and fan-bases, but the UK’s music exports in the process.’

‘We had an excellent response to this latest round of funding – with nearly a 100 applications submitted. Narrowing this down wasn’t easy, but we’re delighted to award nearly a quarter of a million pounds to 21 acts – close to matching the largest amount we’ve given to date.’

The full list of acts is below:

Boxed In (Moshi Moshi Music)
Cate Le Bon (Turnstile Music Partners) 
Charlie Cunningham (Mute Management)
Clock Opera (Venn Productions)
Deaf Havana (Silva Screen Records/So Recordings)
Don Broco (Raw Power Management)
Everything Everything (Red Light Management)
Flamingods (Liquid Management)
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes (ATC Management)
GUNSHIP (Horsie in the Hedge)
Jamie Isaac (Marathon Artists)
Luke Sital-Singh (Raygun Records)
Moelogo (Since98)
Moose Blood (Raw Power Management)
Mt. Wolf (CRC Music)
Phoria (X Novo Records)
Slaves (Seven 7 Artist Management)   
TIGERCUB (Alcopop! Records)
Vanessa White (Salute the Sun Records)
White Lies (White Lies)
YolanDa Brown (Black Grape Global)

Applications for the next round of MEGS funding are now being received.

Visit the BPI website now to find out more.