Cash boost for Sheffield’s emerging music stars

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Two Sheffield bands are rocking out after they received cash windfalls to export their music abroad.

City bands 65daysofstatic and While She Sleeps are among 19 performers to receive grants ranging from £8000 to £15, 000 from the Government-backed Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS).

The money received will be matched by the music companies behind the acts to pay for items such as overseas marketing, session musicians, tour support, booking agents and other expert services in the territories that the artists hope to tour.

The announcement of the sixth round of funding was made jointly by business secretary Sajid Javid and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Mr Javid said: “Through MEGS, the Government is banging the drum for the UK’s fledgling music stars and promoting the UK’s world-class sound in overseas markets. The scheme highlights the strength of the UK’s creative industries and the benefits they deliver to the UK economy.”

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of BPI and the BRIT Awards, said: “With one in seven artist albums around the world now accounted for by British acts, we know the UK’s independent and major labels are at the top of their game in finding the most promising acts to develop.”

Over the last 18 months, MEGS – which is run by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and BPI - has awarded support to 89 UK independent music companies. According to estimated figures from BPI, this has generated a return on investment of £8.50 for every £1 put in.