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Government backs more acts overseas

NXT News & Features
22 November 2018

TWELVE EMERGING  artistes will benefit from a slice of £220,000 awarded by the Department for International Trade (DIT)  to help then tour internationally.

The latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding will support acts including Nina Nesbitt, YolanDa Brown and The Twilight Sad in reaching foreign markets.

It is the 14th round of funding and,will this time extend to backing live shows in North America and Australia.

Overseeing the MEGS programme is Chris Tams, director of international at record labels association the BPI.

“The Music Export Growth Scheme gives a diverse range of talented British artistes the opportunity to grow their fanbase in key international markets through touring and marketing support.

“In the process, it helps to promote the profile of British music overseas and, crucially, helps to boost our exports with a return on investment to date of over £11 for each £1 put in by the government.”

MEGS has awarded over £3 million to more than 200 music projects since its launch in 2014.

Manager Peter McGaughrin of Wots that Smell, which represents Django Django, says, “Being able to afford to take their music to the world is incredibly empowering and means that great music from the UK can keep on finding appreciative audience on a global stage.”

Other acts who have benefited include Gabrielle Aplin, Samuel Jack and Neneh Cherry.

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