LONDON, 18th May 2016 – PRS for Music Foundation has published Nordicity's Impact Report on the International Showcase Fund (ISF), which has supported the careers of Slaves, Little Simz, Kate Tempest, Everything Everything, Ghetts, Jake Isaac, Wolf Alice, and Dan Croll, and boosted artist income and industry revenue by millions.
PRS for Music Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, established the International Showcase Fund in 2006, in partnership with Arts Council England and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and were later joined by British Underground and Musicians’ Union. The Fund responds to the challenge for artists of travelling to, and performing at, overseas industry showcase events, and looking ahead will also welcome PledgeMusic as a new partner to the scheme.
Ahead of an event to mark the Fund’s 10th anniversary in the Houses of Parliament this evening, Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, said:
“Britain’s music scene is brimming with creative talent, contributing more than £2bn a year to our economy through exports alone. The International Showcase Fund has played a big part in paving the way to international success for some of the UK’s most exciting, chart-topping and award- winning artists, and has helped a stream of new talent fly the flag for British music overseas.”
Commenting on the success of the International Showcase Fund, Executive Director of the PRS for Music Foundation, Vanessa Reed, said:
“Showcasing in a new territory is one of the most important opportunities for an artist; yet it can also be one of the most expensive, particularly as the costs of travel, accommodation and visas are on the rise. The International Showcase Fund has therefore been pivotal in supporting many of the UK’s most talented and distinctive musicians to develop their careers in new markets. As we celebrate the milestone of our tenth anniversary, we look forward to building on this success and supporting more of the many UK musicians who deserve the chance to connect with new audiences overseas.”
Performing at the launch of the report in Parliament today, Jake Isaac, one of the recipients now signed to Elton John’s Rocket Music Management, said:
“The International Showcase Fund has been amazing support for me! Exposed me to an audience that I totally might not have been able to reach at that level in my music journey! Massive honour to join them at Parliament to celebrate 10 Years of their amazing work!”
The full Impact Report can be accessed here.
The ISF website can be found here.
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