Swing out, sister: UK grant helps to export music

Artists receive government grants to help them take their music abroad

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The Independent Online

Three siblings who play swing, a spoken word artist nominated for the Mercury music prize and a trio of DJs who include a former bodyguard for Westlife, are all among artists receiving government grants to encourage success overseas.

Thirteen artists – including Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Kate Tempest and Futuristic Polar Bears – have each been given up to £30,000 in the fifth round of the Music Export Growth Scheme, set up to encourage success abroad.

The money will be put towards touring, venue costs, marketing and promotion.