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PRS for Music teams up with BBC Music for SXSW

PRS for Music has joined forces with BBC Music and PPL to host two showcases at SXSW in March.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Mar 2017
  • min read
PRS for Music has joined forces with BBC Music and PPL to host two showcases at SXSW in March.

The shows are presented by BBC Radio 1 and 2 and will be hosted by DJs Huw Stephens and Jo Whiley respectively.

Dream Wife, Sweat, Dave, Sam Gellaitry, Let’s Eat Grandma, Slaves and Ray BLK are playing the BBC Radio 1 gig on 14 March.

DJ Yoda, Ten Tonnes, Kate Nash, Marika Hackman, Jacob Collier and Jealous of the Birds will perform at the BBC Radio 2 gig on 15 March.

Both shows take place at the British Music Embassy, Austin, and form part of a wider BBC programme that includes five nights of music from 14 to 18 March. Other partners across the week include PRS Foundation and AIM.

Robert Ashcroft, chief executive, PRS for Music, said: 'PRS for Music has a proud history of helping music creators to succeed at every stage of their careers and performing at SXSW is an important milestone for many. British music is incredibly relevant on the global stage right now and so we are excited to play a special role supporting the stellar line-up of songwriters and composers performing at the British Music Embassy in Texas, as part of this year’s BBC Music SXSW night-time programme. Our very own M magazine will also be heading across the Atlantic to catch up with PRS for Music members and the latest up-and-coming homegrown talent.'

The week will also feature performances from some of the most exciting emerging acts in the UK such as Rag N Bone Man, The Japanese House and Idles, alongside more established artists such as Kate Nash.

UK listeners will be able to hear each evening’s showcase the following day on the DJs’ regular BBC radio shows, with repeats the following week across all three networks.

In related news, PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund is supporting a record 37 UK artists to perform at this year’s SXSW festival.

We’ll be capturing an intimate view of many artists' experiences out there, through photos, video and Instagram takeovers. Keep an eye on #roadtosxsw here on M, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of our favourite emerging artists tackling SXSW for the first time.