Leeds bands get helping hand from politicians

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Railing against the Establishment is normally one of rock ‘n’ roll’s defining characteristics.

Now, however, two Leeds bands have reason to feel grateful to the powers-that-be in Whitehall.

Black Moth and Hadouken are among the 15 latest beneficiaries of a Government funding project called the Music Export Growth Scheme.

Set up by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Recorded Music Industry, the scheme aims to help UK bands raise their profile overseas through tours and marketing campaigns.

UKTI chief executive Dominic Jermey said: “The British music scene is brimming with talent and around the world UK acts are helping to sell out festivals this summer.

“Through the Music Export Growth Scheme we are helping a new generation of upcoming British talent to capitalise on this success and make their mark in countries around the world, bringing jobs and growth to the UK economy.”

The scheme is due to distribute a total of £2.5m in grants over the course of two-and-a-half years. Black Moth and Hadouken have received slices of the scheme’s latest funding round, which was worth just over £250,000.

Government figures show that the UK’s music industry contributes £3.5m to the Exchequer every year.

Artists and labels interested in securing support in future funding rounds can attend a UKTI roadshow event that is taking place from 6pm to 8pm on September 9 at Munro House, on Duke Street, next to the BBC Leeds building.

For booking information, ring 0300 365 1000 or e-mail events@uktiyorkshire.co.uk.

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