UK industry body the BPI has announced the latest recipients of the British government’s Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding, which helps local artists with ambitions to grow their audiences abroad.
20 artists are sharing £261.5k in the 17th ‘wave’ of MEGS grants, which are funded through the government’s Department for International Trade (DIT).
There are some familiar names within the list too: Black Midi, She Drew The Gun, Steve Mason and The Orielles for example. They’re joined by Alaskalaska, Anna Meredith, Ezra Collective, Ferris & Sylvester, Floating Points, Ider, Jadu Heart, Joe Armon-Jones, Man of Moon, Massive Wagons, Penelope Isles, Sarathy Korwar, Shvpes, Sunset Sons, The Hunna and The Pineapple Thief.
The latest grants bring the total MEGS funding so far to just over £4m since the scheme started in 2014, with the BPI claiming that the return on this investment has been around 12:1 for the companies funded. Applications for the 18th round are already open: in fact, they close on 3 February.