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International Showcase Fund supports UK artists to showcase at Eurosonic Noorderslag

Published: 10 Jan 2017

  • Anna Meredith, Be Charlotte and Elle Exxe amongst the beneficiaries of PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund
  • Research highlights the positive impact of overseas showcasing, with 89% of supported artists returning with tangible business outcomes

PRS Foundation announced today that 13 artists are being supported through the International Showcase Fund to attend Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen (Netherlands) - the key exchange and networking platform for European music.

The International Showcase Fund is run by PRS Foundation, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, British Underground, Musicians' Union, PPL, Wales Arts International and PledgeMusic.

Anna Meredith, photo: Kate Bones

Running from 11 - 14 January Eurosonic Noorderslag has proven track record for helping new acts break into the international music scene. Scottish artists Anna Meredith, Be Charlotte and Elle Exxe are amongst the acts being supported to showcase alongside Azekel, CC Smugglers, Haus, Holly Macve, Let’s Eat Grandma, Moonlandingz, Otzeki, Salute, Shame, Teleman.

Be Charlotte, Photo: Murray McMillan

Reflecting Europe’s continuing importance as an export market for British music - in 2015, the continent accounted for £118.9m (61%) of PRS for Music’s international royalty collections - this is the highest number of artists that the Foundation has funded to showcase at the event.

Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive of PRS Foundation said: “The UK is one of only three net exporters of musical repertoire in the world, and Europe remains far and away our biggest market - accounting for over 60% of PRS for Music’s international collections.  Today's announcement shows that our commitment to growing that market remains as strong as ever despite any changes to the political climate. Eurosonic is of particular importance because it provides an opportunity to showcase before thousands of delegates, as well as bookers from more than 400 international festivals.”

The International Showcase Fund offers support for UK artists to take their first steps into international territories by enabling them to perform at key showcasing festivals and conferences such as Canadian Music Week, SXSW, CMJ, Womex, Eurosonic and Jazzahead  which attract thousands of people working in the music industry from every corner of the globe.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said, "Connecting Scottish talent to the wider world is one of Creative Scotland's main ambitions, and this new partnership with the International Showcase Fund will allow us to do so at an increased level. We firmly believe that Scottish musicians deserve to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best the world has to offer, and that our up-and-coming acts will be the stars of the future. The International Showcase Fund is the key that will open doors to a wealth of industry platforms at some of the biggest festivals and music events on the calendar."

In the International Showcase Fund’s most recent report spanning 2013-16, launched in Parliament in 2016, it was highlighted that 89% of supported artists returned with tangible business outcomes (such as record, publishing or touring deals) and every £1 invested by the fund generated an additional £8.90 in revenues for the supported artist.  Supported artists have included Kate Tempest, Little Simz, Everything Everything, The Square, and East India Youth.

UK Music’s Measuring Music 2016 report show that British music generated £2.2bn in export revenues in 2015.


Notes to Editors

About PRS for Music Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £23.6 million to over 5,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.


About Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.

Media Contacts

For media enquiries please contact:

Liam McMahon, PRS for Music Foundation
liam@prsformusicfoundation.com / 02037414741

Sophie Bambrough, Creative Scotland
Sophie.bambrough@creativescotland.com / 0131 523 0015

For further information about International Showcase Fund please contact: 

Bhavesh Patel, PRS for Music Foundation
bhavesh@prsformusicfoundation.com / 02037414044