Whatever you think about this, or any other Government, they do have the means to help various sections of society, if they so choose.
Well, the current Government have now invested £550,000 of our money to help promote some of the hottest new musical talent from the UK.
The Music Export Growth Scheme was set up to try and replicate the international success of such acts as Alt-J, Mumford and Sons, and Bastille, to name a few. The scheme is administered by UK Trade and Investment, and the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).
Today the Music Export Growth Scheme announced grants of between £5,000 to £50,000 to 14 different UK acts, all aiming to take their music to a worldwide audience.
It’s a pretty diverse list of acts, as can be seen here:
One of the great things about this list is that it contains two bands that have current members who live and are based in Hastings.
The first are Savage Messiah, who’s guitarist Joff Bailey has played in local bands for several years, before joining the London based band. They are in the process of releasing their second album ‘The Fateful Dark’. They have been awarded money for ‘European Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing’.
The second band to receive money are Skinny Lister, a folk/rock band, two of whose members are now based in Hastings. Skinny Lister have toured the USA several times and are due to return there again very shortly. Their most recent album ‘Forge and Flagon’ was released in 2012 and very good it is too. They have been awarded money for ‘USA and Japan Tour Support’.
Well done to both bands for getting through the selection process and being picked to help represent the UK music scene across the world. We wish them well.
On another level it helps showcase the great musical talent that we have in the Hastings area and that we are attracting to the town, because of the wonderful local music scene.
Hopefully this will help to inspire and encourage many more local musicians to attempt to follow in their footsteps.