The third Music Export Growth Scheme — which sounds much more sinister than what it actually is: quite helpful — has named 16 UK artists in its latest round of government funding, including Dry the River, Imogen Heap, Max Cooper and The Wytches. According to NME, the honorees will share £250,000 that was set aside to help increase the amount of goods being shipped out of the country.
“We are seeing the money being successfully used to launch or build on international careers,” explained chairman John Kennedy. “The variety of uses that successful applicants are making of the funds is itself a testament to the innovation that these grants can drive.”
“Even though it’s much easier in this day and age to download libraries of music at the touch of a button,” added Antlered Man’s Damo Holmes in a Guardian interview, “it’s become much harder for musicians and bands to travel and actually take that music directly to the music fans’ faces and ears. This funding helps us do this and also keeps us inspired to keep on doing what we love more than anything on this tiny planet.”
Applications for further funding will be opened on August 12, with up to £2.5m in grant money expected to change hands over the course of two and a half years…
Music Export Growth Scheme artists:
Dry The River
Fearless Vampire Killers
Smoove & Turrell