The Department for International Trade has awarded £319,244 split between 19 music artists from the UK in the latest round of the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) in August 2018.
Part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, the MEGS offers grants between £5,000–£50,000 to UK-registered independent music companies for help with marketing campaigns targeted at introducing UK music projects overseas. Funding is based on the ambition of the campaign, measured by financial commitment, sales targets and business outputs.
The list of artists receiving MEGS grants for August 2018 are:
- Ady Suleiman
- Anna Calvi
- Catching Flies
- Emma McGann
- Fickle Friends
- Leon Vynehall
- Lucy Spraggan
- Moose Blood
- Nothing But Thieves
- Pale Waves
- Rina Sawayama
- Roo Panes
- Sharna Bass
- Stone Broken
- The Allergies
- The Boxer Rebellion
The MEGS started in Feburary 2014, with just over £3 million given to support 201 music export projects. Recent recipients include Editors, Nina Nesbitt, Shame, Ghostpoet, Jane Weaver, and Public Service Broadcasting.
Chris Tams, BPI director of international overseeing the MEGS programme, said: “The Music Export Growth Scheme has given a diverse range of British talent the chance to develop their international fanbases through touring and marketing support. This also promotes the promotes the profile of British music abroad and to date has boosted our exports with an 11 to 1 return on investment for each pound put in by the UK Government. We’ve seen a broad range of artists and musical styles promoted, but we’d love to see more applications put forward to support female acts in particular as well as more specialist genres such as classical.”
Tunng manager Nigel Adams (Full Time Hobby) said: “As a fully independent label we really appreciate the support the Music Exports Growth Scheme provides to help take our acts to the next level internationally. It helps us to continue to champion creative, original, inspiring bands like Tunng.”
Lucy Spraggan said: "I’m over the moon to be supported by MEGs for my international touring. This gives me the chance to tour different territories and expand my brand to its fullest capability. I am incredibly grateful and excited to get going.”
Brighton-based indie-pop band Fickle Friends commented: “Playing America has always been a big part of our mission as a band. Not only have a large percentage of our fanbase and listeners been from there from the beginning, America always been a country that we have felt an affinity to, and been desperate to play in. In the UK we had the luxury of building from the ground up, tour managing ourselves, driving in our drummers mum’s Ford Galaxy and sleeping on floors. Unfortunately that grassroots approach isn’t quite as simple in the US so we are very grateful for being given MEGS funding so that we can continue to build a viable career the US and translate some of that DIY approach.”