PRS Foundation the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development across all genres announces today that its International Showcase Fund, is supporting 37 talented artists to perform at this year’s SXSW festival. This news, which sees a record number of UK artists travelling to Austin, Texas with support from the showcase fund, is thanks to new contributions from PPL, Creative Scotland and Wales Arts International who recently joined Department for International Trade, British Underground, Arts Council England, Musicians Union and Pledge Music as partners of the fund.
The 37 supported artists are:
Alice Jemima, Anna Meredith, Buggsy, Chain Of Flowers, Charlie Cunningham, Dan Bettridge, Dave, Doe, Dream Wife, Fifi Rong, Fizzy Blood, Flamingods, Frisco (Boy Better Know), GoGo Penguin, Happy Meals, L.A. Salami, Let’s Eat Grandma, Logan Sama, Meilyr Jones, Muncie Girls, PAWS, Pinact, The Pooches, Rude Kid, Safone, Sam Gellaitry, Sarathy Korwar, shame, She Drew The Gun, Spinning Coin, Sundara Karma, SuperGlu, Sweat, The Japanese House, The Sandinistas, The Spook School, WOMPS
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This year’s cohort also represents, the most urban artists to be supported through the fund to perform at SXSW showing the increasing interest in the genre at the festival, and the first time Scottish and Welsh artists are being supported alongside England based bands.
Vanessa Reed Chief Executive of PRS Foundation said, “Through new partnerships this year with PPL, Creative Scotland and Wales Arts International we are able to reach more talented artists than ever before and to respond to their increasing demand for support to attend this career changing, North American industry event. Over 150 UK artists have been invited to attend SXSW this year, demonstrating that British music is in high demand and remains one of the UK’s greatest success stories on an international stage. I look forward to following the exceptionally diverse range of artists we’re funding this year – from jazz and urban to indie and electronic, and the business and creative step-change they can achieve through their trip.
To help artists make the most of their time at the festival PRS Foundation is hosting, with support from PPL, a pre-SXSW Meet Up / Drinks / Workshop day on Thursday 16th February 2017 for all artists, bands and managers looking to attend the festival.
As well as the 37 artists that we’ve funded to attend SXSW this year through the International Showcase Fund, we’re also very pleased to be entering into the third year of our partnership with BBC Introducing for a showcase of emerging talent at the British Music Embassy. Here are the artists performing at the showcase on Friday 17th March:
Catholic Action, Idles, Casi, The Vryll Society, The Japanese House, Rag n Bone Man
Finally, there are many artists performing that we have previously funded, listed below. In total, PRS Foundation has funded 68 artists who are performing at SXSW 2017.
Be Charlotte, Blaenavon, Chad Valley, Ciaran Lavery, Desert Mountain Tribe, Draper, Elle Exxe, False Advertising, Ghetts, Happyness, Holly Macve, Jamie Isaac, Jealous of the Birds, LIFE, Little Simz, Manu Delago, Marika Hackman, Mary Epworth, Moses Boyd Exodus, Mt Wolf, Phoria, Robocobra Quartet, Ryan Veil, Silvastone, Slaves, SOHN, The Big Moon, United Vibrations