Funding, Artists, Partnerships

35 UK music creators receive support to attend SXSW 2023

14th February, 2023

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announces today that 35 UK artists are receiving support through the International Showcase Fund to perform at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas USA from 10th March 2023.

Collage of images featuring Robracobra Quartet, Wynona Bleach, Dea Matrona, Brighde Chaimbeul and Lemonade Shoelace who will be performing at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas

The artists receiving support are:

Adwaith - (Wales)
Bellah - (England)
Brighde Chaimbeul - (Northern Ireland)
Brooke Combe - (Scotland)
Camilla George - (England)
Dea Matrona - (Northern Ireland)
Dead Pony - (Scotland)
Desta French - (England)
DoomCannon - (England)
Edie Bens - (Wales)
Elephant Sessions - (Scotland)
Fergus McCreadie - (Scotland)
Ishmael Ensemble - (England)
Jaz Karis - (England)
Jessica Winter - (England)
Kadeem Tyrell - (England)
Lemonade Shoelace - (Northern Ireland)
LIME GARDEN - (England)
Low Island - (England)
Max Cooper - (England)
Panic Shack - (Wales)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - (England)
Poster Paints - (Scotland)
Prima Queen - (England)
Queen Millz - (England)
Red Rum Club - (England)
Robocobra Quartet - (Northern Ireland)
SIPHO. - (England)
The Golden Dregs - (England)
THE HARA - (England)
VLURE - (Scotland)
Voka Gentle - (England)
Wynona Bleach - (Northern Ireland)
Yazmin Lacey - (England)

Supported artists based in Northern Ireland that are being showcased includes Robracobra Quartet, Wynona Bleach, Dea Matrona, Brighde Chaimbeul and Lemonade Shoelace

The full schedule of official showcases for artists supported by the International Showcase Fund will be available on PRS Foundation’s website in the coming weeks.

The International Showcase Fund is run by PRS Foundation in partnership with Department for Business and Trade, Arts Council England, British Underground, Musicians Union, Creative Scotland, PPL, Wales Arts International, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. It offers vital and timely support for artists to take their first steps into international territories by enabling them to perform at key showcasing festivals and conferences such as Canadian Music Week, SXSW, Reeperbahn Festival, Zandari Festival, Womex, Eurosonic, Jazzahead and Mutek which attract thousands of people working in the music industry from every corner of the globe.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is thrilled that five musical acts based in Northern Ireland will be showcased at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. We are committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop and this opportunity does just that by giving artists the chance to connect with industry leaders whilst shining a light on the tremendous talent that is inherent to Northern Ireland. We are proud to partner with PRS Foundation and Invest Northern Ireland in this important initiative which is enabling export ready artists vital access to a global stage.”

Additionally, International Showcase Fund support is available for virtual performances at international showcases, or performances at UK based showcase events that have an export industry audience. To find out more and to apply for International Showcase Fund visit PRS Foundation’s website.

In the fund’s report spanning 2016-19, 91% of supported artists returned from overseas showcasing with tangible business outcomes and every £1 invested by the International Showcase Fund generated an additional £6.20 in revenues for the supported artist. (Read the full report). Supported artists include, Dave, Kae Tempest, Little Simz, Yard Act, Nova Twins, Everything Everything, SBTRKT, AJ Tracey, and Wolf Alice.

Listen to the International Showcase Fund at SXSW 2023 playlist on Spotify.