What’s Wrong With The BPI Overseas Funding Choices – Editorial

Another year gone by and the UK music scene is as grand and vibrant as ever, it seems. Last year it was announced that the BPI would hand out £3 million over the next three years to help with export growth.

While this sounds fantastic, it seems like the BPI have already struck an issue with their debut batch of funding winners. Announced today, the 21 act list features some young well-deserved talent, however it features some that simply shouldn’t be up for it.

The Good:
We’ve got some good acts listed in the 21 batch, from the jazz saxophonist YolanDa Brown, synthwave act GUNSHIP, the multi-instrumentalist experimental band Flamingods, grunge trio TIGERCUB and even Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have all deservedly been given funding to help expand their work outside of the UK.

The Bad:
The bad, or otherwise known as the acts that could be expendable. We’ll start with Slaves, the two-piece signed to Virgin/EMI Records. Why on Earth would Slaves need the funding when they are backed by one of the major labels, who have a great planned path for the act?

White Lies, the less-than-great “post punk” band have already gained a number one album in their catalogue and have been touring since 2007.

The same can be said for some of the other classmates, Manchester electronic band Everything Everything are a great act but with their fourth album on its way and set to be released on Sony/RCA (another major label), they also seem to be an act that may have funding tied down already.

With a number of the acts chosen signed to major management/labels, should the acts that get given funding by the BPI to help with overseas expansion be smaller independent bands?

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