Funding will help showcase artists abroad.

The PRS Foundation for New Music, a unit of the British collecting-rights organization Performing Right Society, has launched a funding scheme for emerging talent.

Designed to encourage and help rising U.K.-based artists penetrate the international market, British Music Abroad offers financial assistance for travel and accommodation.

The unspecified funding will come from the not-for-profit organization Arts Council England, while the PRS Foundation will assess applicants and manage the project.

"By offering support towards travel costs, we aim not only to move individual careers forward, but to also play a significant part in promoting the U.K.'s music on a world stage," said Charlotte Ray, the PRS Foundation's manager.

The London-based PRS Foundation is focusing on helping new acts perform showcases at such events as October's world-music expo Womex in Seville, Spain; January's Eurosonic, the pan-European live-events supported by the region's music-radio stations; February's Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee; March's South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; and September's trade fair Popkomm in Berlin.

The funding for each successful applicant will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the location of the showcase event, and the number of people in each act.

Applications forms are available at www.prsfoundation.co.uk.

Although the British Music Abroad funding will help with return flights, hotel, visa applications and other expenses, applicants must contribute at least 10% of the costs.

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