Deadline draws near for Music Export Growth Scheme grant applications

With the 18 November deadline fast approaching, music trade body BPI is calling on all eligible companies to make sure they get their applications in as soon as possible.
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With the 18 November deadline for entries to the Music Export Growth Scheme fast approaching, music trade body BPI is calling on all eligible companies to make sure they don't miss out on possible funding, and get their applications in as soon as possible. The Music Export Growth Scheme, funded by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Government organisation that supports UK business overseas, and run by BPI, which represents British recorded music businesses, will make available grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 to small-to-medium independent music companies to help them market British music overseas. The Scheme, which has been has been set up with £3m of funding over the next three years by way of boosting UK exports, is targeted at companies whose artists have achieved success in the UK but are now looking to break through internationally. Eligible companies are encouraged to apply for a grant that will give additional support to the overseas marketing campaign activity they have planned for their artist. Application forms are currently available from BPI’s website, and, once completed, should be emailed to musicexportscheme@bpi.co.uk along with any supporting marketing plans by 18 November 2013. The site also explains which companies/activities are eligible, and outlines the procedure for applications. Applications that are successfully shortlisted will be reviewed by a panel of music industry experts, chaired by John Kennedy OBE, with marketing expertise from organisations including the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and the Association of Independent Music (AIM) as well as representatives of independent record labels, BPI and UKTI. The first grants will be announced by the end of December 2013. Further application rounds will take place periodically over the next three years, with the next planned for Spring 2014. www.bpi.co.uk

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