International Showcase Fund
|International Showcase Fund|
|Date Posted:||23 November 2016|
The International Showcase Fund offers funding support to artists based in England and Scotland invited to play at international showcasing festivals and conferences. Grants of up to £5,000 help to cover the costs of travel, visas and accommodation.|
The International Showcase Fund is a partnership between PRS for Music Foundation, UK Trade & Investment, British Underground, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, PPL and Creative Scotland and in association with PledgeMusic.
As well as offering grant support, partners offer advice, guidance and workshops for some events. Associate partner, PledgeMusic provides bespoke advice to any applicant wanting to include Direct to Fan income as part of their showcase budget, as well as ongoing support for ISF grantees.
What is Music Export?
So, you or your band is well on the way to breaking in the UK. You’ve had some success with your releases, toured the country, and are now eyeing territories beyond our shores to develop your career. In short, you are ready to export your music.
The UK is one of the biggest exporters of new music in the world. Every year our finest emerging talent is invited to key music industry-focused festivals and showcasing events to perform to interested international labels, promoters, agents and publishers.
Although it is crucial for an act to attract and secure deals in territories outside of the UK, these initial forays overseas can be expensive. The International Showcase Fund exists to help cover the costs of these trips, enabling artists to connect with and showcase to their potential next label, promoter or music supervisor.
Which showcase festivals are covered by the fund?
The kinds of events and festivals that are covered by the funding are those that have a mostly music industry audience or delegation. The fund can not support artists to play at festivals for the general public.
Examples of showcase festivals:
SXSW in Austin, USA
Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn, Estonia
JazzAhead, Bremen, Germany
CMJ in New York, USA
Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, USA
Eurosonic, Groningen, The Netherlands
Americana Music Association Festival, Nashville, USA
NXNE, Toronto, Canada
A3C Hip Hop Festival, Atlanta, USA
Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
Classical Next, Vienna, Austria
Midem, Cannes, France
Rochester Jazz Festival, New York, USA
There are over 50 eligible events each year. Click here for a fuller list. If you have been invited to play an event and are unsure of its suitability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I eligible for support from the International Showcase Fund?
Are you a band/artist based in England or Scotland?
Do you write and perform your own music, that is exceptional?
Have you been invited to play at an international event, with a conference element, that is geared towards music industry professionals rather than the general public?
Have you got a good profile in the UK (i.e. been featured in the national press/had airplay on national radio/and indie release)?
Do you have a list of meetings with music industry executives (i.e. publishers, labels, agencies, etc.) confirmed for when you are at your chosen showcase?
Do you have a strong business case for attending this specific showcase (i.e. are you building upon prior success there, or following up on significant buzz surrounding your band in that particular country)?
If you answer yes to all of the questions below then you are eligible to apply.
If any of the above doesn’t apply to you, you could still be eligible to apply to one of our other funding options.
There are over 50 eligible events each year. Below is a list of eligible events. We highly recommend the Explore International Music Showcasing Toolkit – an invaluable resource for those considering international events.
If you have been invited to play an event and are unsure of its suitability, please email email@example.com.