StreeXB Global Talent SearchIndie acts get up to £15,000 to pay for marketing, session musicians, and roadies overseas

We know how hard it is to make it in the music industry.

Money is an obstacle that most indie artists must deal with.

In order for artists to grow, money seems to be an important factor but it’s a struggle to earn money in the first place.

British bands signed to independent labels have had help with this step in the process to become big in the music industry. Government grants are being given to these bands in order to help them succeed abroad.

Read more about this growth scheme.


Nineteen British bands that are signed to independent labels are getting Government grants of up to £15,000 to help them make it big abroad.

The acts are receiving the cash – to pay for overseas marketing, session musicians and roadies – as part of the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS).

Winning acts – whose record companies must match the sums awarded – include Sheffield post-rock outfit, 65daysofstatic, who were founded in 2001, as well as MONEY from Manchester, Leeds-based dance producers Maribou State and Lonelady, signed to the legendary electronic label Warp, and the Temperance Movement, who have opened for the Rolling Stones.


Up-and-coming bands dominate the list, including two nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015 prize – Lapsley from Merseyside and SOAK, aka 18-year-old Northern Irelander Bridie Monds-Watson.

MEGS is an inexpensive schemes that was launched last year by the coalition Government, which slashed grants to arts organisations between 2010-15. It is run by UK Trade and Investments, the quango that helps boost British trade abroad, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Last year it gave a grant to established indie band Metronomy, among others. The scheme has given grants to 89 independent music companies in the United Kingdom and claims to generate £8.50 for every £1 it spends.

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