British Music Abroad is a funding programme which supports UK acts to travel and perform at international showcases, conferences and key international tastemaker festivals (such as SXSW, CMJ, WOMEX) which have a strong industry presence, and which hold a good track record of artists achieving success following appearing at the event.
British Music Abroad supports UK acts who are already making waves in the UK and are ready to export their music internationally.
Since it was set up in 2006, nearly 200 acts have been supported through this programme, many of which have signed new deals in new territories as a direct result of their performance at an international showcase festival.
It is funded by PRS for Music Foundation, British Underground (on behalf of Arts Council England), UK Trade & Investment and Musicians Union.
Why British Music Abroad exists
If you perform original music and you have been offered a place to perform at a live industry facing event or showcase (such as SXSW, CMJ or other music industry events, as opposed to public festivals), you can apply to us for funding to help you get there.
A large part of the costs involved with international showcasing are travel and accommodation, which for an emerging act can be prohibitive. By providing financial support, the scheme enables those at this critical stage in their careers to take advantage of the benefits offered by international showcasing.
Examples of events that the scheme is here to support artists to attend are South By South West (SXSW), Eurosonic, One Movement, CMJ, Iceland Airwaves and Transmusicalis.
What you need to know about international showcases
For acts at the right stage of their careers, playing an international showcase or industry facing festival can raise their profile at home and abroad, strengthen key industry contacts, lead to recording, synchronisation and distribution deals, and further festivals and tours.
International music conferences and showcase festivals feature live performances from acts from all over the world. Music industry delegates gather to promote their acts or sign up new talent.
How can my act get a place at a showcase? Are we ready for it?
Knowing whether your act is at the right career stage for an international showcase is the important first step. UKTI often hold showcase briefings well before the events for anyone considering taking this step.
You will need to apply directly to the showcase or festival in question to secure a place (note that PRSF cannot help with this stage) but once you have a confirmed slot, you can apply through British Music Abroad for funding.
Please note, if you require funding to undertake an international tour, album launch campaign, or pres/publicity in a new territory, you could be eligible for the BPI and UKTI Export Scheme. Please see here for details: http://www.bpi.co.uk/export-scheme.aspx