Astroid Boys

PRS Foundation opens funding for Welsh music creators

Astroid Boys (pictured) are the first Welsh act to benefit from the new partnership with Wales Arts International, and will receive funding to perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag.

  • By Lucy Doyle
  • 17 Jan 2018
  • min read
PRS Foundation has teamed up with Wales Arts International to create new funding opportunities for Welsh music creators.

The new partnership will enable Wales-based artists and songwriters to be part of the longstanding International Showcase Fund in 2018, which offers advice, guidance and financial support to travel and perform at overseas showcasing events.

Punk-grime act Astroid Boys (pictured) are the first Welsh act to benefit from the partnership, and will receive funding to perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag – one of Europe’s largest industry festivals – which takes place this week.

They will perform alongside supported English and Scottish artists Nilüfer Yanya, Yxng Bane, Chelou, Fenne Lily, Freya Ridings, George FitzGerald, Hakeem Baker, Housewives, IDER and Keir.

Vanessa Reed, chief executive officer at PRS Foundation said: 'We are delighted that following the successful 2017 pilot for SXSW, Wales Arts International will be continuing their support of the International Showcase Fund for 2018, building stronger ties between the vibrant Welsh music industry and our expert panels in London.

'This will enable Welsh artists that are export ready to make the case for support and showcase their talents to new audiences at industry events around the world, alongside their English and Scottish counterparts.'

Eluned Hâf, head of Wales Arts International added: 'I’m delighted to announce that artists from Wales will be able to participate fully in the International Showcase Fund this year. Astroid Boys are a great example of Welsh talent being showcased at Eurosonic in Noorderslag this week.

'Being invited to showcase at key international events such as Eurosonic or SXSW in Austin Texas offers artists a fantastic platform to break into new international markets.

'The advice and guidance that artists are offered from UK partners in addition to the financial support will help them to fully benefit form the opportunity.'

Artists previously supported by the International Showcase fund include Kate Tempest, Little Simz, Everything Everything, SBTRKT, The Square, and East India Youth.

To find out how you can apply for funding, visit the PRS Foundation website here.