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The Fat White Family hit out at 'shameful' decision to hand Slaves £12,000 of government music grant


The Fat White Family have questioned the ‘shameful’ decision to award Slaves £12,000 of a £250,000 government music grant.

The BPI, which is the UK music industry’s trade association, recently announced a list of the recipients who will receive funding from their annual Music Exports Growth Scheme grant. The total sum is £250,000 which will be split between artists who want to promote their music and tour overseas.

Normally handed out to artists on indie labels, the £250,000 grant has nee split between 21 acts, which this year include the likes of Slaves, White Lies, Frank Carter, Everything Everything and Cate Le Bon.

Fat Whites have taken exception to the news that Slaves, a band signed to a major label, have been awarded funded despite their already substantial backing.

“Why does a band that has been on a major label (virgin/EMI) for three years need a grant explicitly designed to support artists trying to break through on independent labels? Say what you like about the ‘artist’ in question, but to me this reeks of back room agreements and golden hand shakes,’ the band wrote on Facebook.

“Everybody knows the music industry is a cess pool, but anyone remotely involved in music should be up in arms about this; how many people that genuinely NEED that money are getting shat on so a bunch of faceless suits can keep their gravy train rolling? So Slaves, a band that probably takes about 10-20K a pop on the festival circuit can go and do SXSW? Shameful.”

Slaves, punk duo from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, have since replied on Twitter seemingly disregarding the Fat Whites comments: “love you boys, never stop being you,” they said.

BPI Director of International, Chris Tams, said: “The Music Exports Growth Scheme promotes an incredibly diverse range of music that isn’t typically part of the mainstream but deserves to reach a much wider international audience. Smaller labels don’t always have the means to market their talented artists overseas, which is where the Scheme can make a vital difference, helping to boost not only their profiles and fan-bases, but the UK’s music exports in the process.

“We had an excellent response to this latest round of funding – with nearly a 100 applications submitted. Narrowing this down wasn’t easy, but we’re delighted to award nearly a quarter of a million pounds to 21 acts – close to matching the largest amount we’ve given to date.”