Latest MEGS funding dished out to artists seeking global growth
By Chris Cooke | Published on Monday 9 January 2017
The Music Exports Growth Scheme funded by that glorious government of ours and administrated by record industry trade group BPI has just announced nearly a quarter of a million in new grants, which will be paid over to 21 UK artists who are seeking to expand their business operations and revenues overseas. Because, you know, Britain is open for business and all that. I know this because it was my turn to unlock the doors this morning.
“The UK music industry is hugely influential and continues to inspire millions across the world”, says International Trade Minister Mark Garnier. “In the three months since the re-launch of the Music Exports Growth Scheme in October, we have awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds of funding to UK acts looking to break into international markets. Britain has an incredible pool of raw talent and, through our GREAT campaign, we will continue to help budding artists take the next step towards global success”.
Ah, the GREAT campaign. Remember that? No, of course you don’t. “The Music Exports Growth Scheme promotes an incredibly diverse range of music that isn’t typically part of the mainstream but deserves to reach a much wider international audience”, explains BPI’s Chris Tams about the MEGS scheme. “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 fanbases, but the UK’s music exports in the process”.
On the latest round of MEGS applications, Tams added: “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”.
But who the hell – in terms of artists/labels/management firms – is getting all this cash, that’s what we’ve really gathered here today to find out, isn’t it? And look, here is a list just for you. Don’t mention it. You’re welcome.
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 And The Rattlesnakes (ATC Management)
Gunship (Horsie In The Hedge)
Jamie Isaac (Marathon Artists)
Luke Sital-Singh (Raygun Records)
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)