The International Showcase Fund offers vital support for artists and bands based in England and Scotland who have been invited to play an international music showcasing festival or conference.
International Showcase Fund 2020-2021
The International Showcase Fund (ISF) offers vital export support for UK-based artists, bands, songwriters and producers who have been invited to perform or create new music at international showcasing festivals or conferences.
ISF will also support UK-based music creators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to remain export ready, with grants available to support: virtual performances at international showcases, or performances at UK based showcase events that have an export industry audience.
An ISF Grant can support the following activities:
For Artists/Bands: ‘In Real Life’ attendance of international showcase events
For Artists/Bands: Virtual attendance and engagement in International Showcase events via live-stream or pre-recorded performances, plus digital conference attendance
For Artists/Bands: Virtual or ‘In Real Life’ performance at UK-based events where there is an export focus and a significant international delegation, plus conference attendance
For Writer/Producers: ‘In Real Life’ attendance of song-writing camps which are geared towards international collaboration, creative and career progression
For Writer/Producers: Virtual attendance at a song-writing camp which is geared towards international collaboration, and creative and career progression.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR IN REAL LIFE INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASING EVENTS (I.E. EUROSONIC) ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS SO PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PRS FOUNDATION GRANTS TEAM IN ADVANCE. THIS WEBPAGE WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY TO REFLECT UPDATES.
ISF runs on a rolling monthly deadline due to varying event organiser schedules. Specific deadline dates for key events can be found here.
We recommend you apply for funding soon after being invited to showcase in order to give our panel of industry experts and partners enough time to consider your application to turnaround a decision as quickly as possible.
As a rough guide, our experts consider applications 2-3 months before showcase events take place. While the processing of visas is entirely your responsibility, it can take 3 months for some territories. For this reason, we prefer to receive applications 10-12 weeks prior to the event taking place and must receive applications at least 8 weeks prior to the event taking place.
Festivals, Gaelic, Music, Scots, Traditional Arts