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Outward Sound Recipients Round 1 2013

17th February 2013


Outward Sound has announced the first round of grant recipients for 2013 which includes four Stage One, three Stage Two and four Business Development grants.

Cairo Knife Fight – Stage 2.
With performances at CMJ in 2010 and again in 2011, 2012 saw the band build on the profile previously generated by performing standout showcases at SXSW 2012 which resulted in the band receiving a deluge of critical praise both from online and traditional press as well as catching the ears of noted UK label Cooking Vinyl and X-Ray Touring.
The band are now preparing the UK release of their EPs through Cooking Vinyl and setting up the release of their debut album. They will be performing at The Great Escape in Brighton as well as several London dates.

Sola Rosa – Stage 2.
2012 saw the release of Get It Together Remix album in Europe, and the US backed up by the band’s tour of both territories. Highlights from the release include the Jeremy Soles Love Alone remix being selected as LA based radio station KCRW’s track of the week, and being licensed to Oliver Peoples 25th anniversary compilation album.
Sola Rosa are currently readying the US, UK and European release of their album Low and Behold High and Beyond. The band will be following the release with a full band tour building on the successes of the previous year. The UK/European leg of the tour will include an appearance at Glastonbury.

Die! Die! Die! – Stage 2.
Racking up over a thousand gigs during the band’s decade long existence,
Die! Die! Die! are now preparing to head off again supporting the UK release of the Harmony album – with stunning limited edition packaging – through Smalltown America Records, taking in festival dates in Europe and showcasing in and around SXSW 2013. 


Ghost Wave – Stage 1.
Having recently signed to US independent music company +1 Music, Ghost Wave released their debut EP in the US this past August and supported the release through showcases at CMJ 2012. The band are now setting up the release of their debut album in that territory and performing in and around SXSW 2013.
 

Mel Parsons – Stage 1.
Mel heads to Brighton in the UK to showcase at Europe’s leading festival for new music The Great Escape Festival. She then heads off on her own tour of Germany, Ireland, and the UK.
 
Titanium – Stage 1.
Signed to Warner Music Australia the boys have already starting making waves over the ditch having gained significant radio airplay and selling over twenty thousand singles. With all this early success the band are not allowed to rest on their laurels quite yet. They are now heading over to Australia for an intense 10-day media blitz.

Popstrangers – Stage 1.
2012 saw Popstrangers sign with Carpark records, which released Heaven, the first single from their debut album, in October. Heaven premiered on the influential music site Pitchfork, it was also featured on Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, This Is Fake Diy (UK),  NME magazine (UK) and the band received rave reviews from their CMJ performance that year.
Popstrangers debut album Antipodes will be released on March 1st 2013 in Australia and New Zealand via Spunk Records and the rest of the world via Carpark Records. The band will support the release in Australia with a tour with US band Wild Nothing. They will then relocate to the UK where they will be basing themselves for the next four months in order to capitalize on the touring and press opportunities available there.

Business Support Grants
The Outward Sound Business Development grant enables up to 2 representatives to undertake a market development visit. This involves traveling to the desired market (or markets) and meeting with companies/individuals and to capitalise on opportunities created. It supports managers, artists, and companies undertaking business-to-business meetings as well as attending tradeshows and associated events.

Recipients for Business Development Grants this round were:

Marc Royal for CHART – SXSW
Ben Howe for Flying Nun Records/Arch Hill Recordings – SXSW/USA
Callum August for Frequency Media Group - UK
Tim Youngston for Saiko Ltd - USA
Applications for the next round of Outward Sound grants close on April 22, 2013 at 5pm.

See http://nzmusic.org.nz/international/ for more info.

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