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Int’l Showcase Fund reports 900% ROI since 2013

The PRS for Music-backed International Showcase Fund has earned its beneficiaries an average of nearly £9 for every £1 spent over the past three years

By IQ on 18 May 2016

Jake Isaac, PRS for Music Foundation International Showcase Fund

ISF recipient Jake Isaac is now signed to Elton John’s Rocket Music Management


PRS for Music Foundation’s International Showcase Fund (ISF) has delivered a nearly nine-fold return on investment since 2013, the organisation’s latest ‘impact report’, published today, claims.

The ISF, organised by a charitable foundation run by the UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music), makes available up to £5,000 for travel, visas, accommodation and per diems for emerging British artists travelling abroad to play showcase festivals, and has invested in acts such as Slaves, Little Simz, Kate Tempest, Everything Everything, Ghetts, Jake Isaac, Wolf Alice and Dan Croll. According to the International Showcase Fund: Impact Report 2013–16, every £1 invested by the fund in the last three years has generated on average an additional £8.90 for its beneficiaries.

Total revenues of fund-supported acts increased by £4 million in the same period (from £2.8m in 2013 to £6.8m in 2016), and average individual revenues more than doubled, increasing from £19,200 to £46,700 per annum.

Moreover, 89% of ISF-backed acts say they came back from showcase festivals with “tangible business outcomes”, such as securing record deals, tours and festivals, improved merchandise sales and agents, managers and publishers.

“The International Showcase Fund has played a big part in helping a stream of new talent fly the flag for British music overseas”

The average attendance at live shows has also doubled for ISF beneficiaries since their international showcase.

Ahead of an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the ISF’s founding in the Houses of Parliament this evening, the UK’s culture minister, Ed Vaizey, said “Britain’s music scene is brimming with creative talent, contributing more than £2 billion a year to our economy through exports alone.

“The International Showcase Fund has played a big part in paving the way to international success for some of the UK’s most exciting, chart-topping and award-winning artists, and has helped a stream of new talent fly the flag for British music overseas.”

ISF recipient Jake Isaac, who is performing at Parliament today, adds: “The International Showcase Fund has been amazing support for me, exposing me to an audience that I totally might not have been able to reach at that level in my music journey. It’s a massive honour to join them at Parliament to celebrate 10 years of their amazing work.”

Last month the foundation awarded four British acts £10,000 of audio and production equipment as part of its latest Flash Funding scheme.

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