Fourteen UK indie acts have been granted Government funding as part of new project founded to "support UK music exports". The likes of Metronomy, Slow Club, Bo Ningen, Band of Skulls, and more will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them achieve international success in a variety of ways such as promotion, marketing, and general financial aid when traveling to perform in foreign markets.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston -- who hand-picked the acts himself -- said the following of the project:

"From The Beatles to Adele to Mumford & Sons, Britannia rules the airwaves and sells more records around the world than almost any other country. This exporting strength brings jobs and economic growth to the UK and the Music Export Growth Scheme lets up-and-coming British artists up the tempo on the international stage."

Who would have thought taxpayers money would ever be funding stuff like this.

See the full list of recipients, and watch Metronomy's video for 'Love Letters' below.

  • Band of Skulls - European Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing
  • Bo Ningen - USA Tour support (Coachella / LA / East Coast / Austin Pysch Fest)
  • Charli Taft - Funding for attending Writing Camps in Copenhagen, Seoul and LA
  • Christian Gregory - USA Tour support and Promotion / Marketing
  • Dinosaur Pile-Up - USA Tour Support
  • Julia Biel - Germany and Switzerland Tour Promotion and Marketing
  • Lulu James - European Tour Support and Promotion
  • Metronomy - USA, Canada and Australia Tour Support
  • Savage Messiah - European Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing
  • Skinny Lister - USA and Japan Tour Support
  • Slow Club - USA and Canada Tour Support
  • Smoke Fairies - USA Tour support and Promotion / Marketing
  • Transition - Germany and Switzerland Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing
  • Young Fathers - Germany Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing