Britain's Trade Minister Lord Livingstone has selected 14 acts to receive grants of up to $80,000 (£50,000) as part of the government's Music Export Growth Scheme, with the aim of emulating the global success of acts such as Mumford & Sons and Bastille.
The bands submitted a detailed proposal for how funding would be used, and they were chosen from 200 hopeful applicants by Livingstone and a panel of music industry experts.
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Smoke Fairies new album 'Blood Speaks' is the result of a 'more confident', 'bolder' band 'pushing (their) boundaries' and incorporating 'broader influences'. Having caught the ear of such respected and influential musicians as Richard Hawley and Jack White (the latter having recorded, released and gigged with the duo), Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies may have found themselves in a position of implied pressure to follow up their very favourably received debut album, 'Through Low Light And Trees'. Upping sticks from the tranquillity and peace of Sussex and eschewing their previous Cornwall haunt in favour of the suburban chaos of London's Ladbrook Grove to record their new album has undoubtedly helped the pair toughen up both musically and individually. In Katherine's own words, she says, 'We've made peace with the city' whereas previously she felt like she was trapped by it. The result is an album, Smoke Fairies, say, which is, in the most part, 'Inspired by London and travelling.'
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