September 18th, 2018 | Export
Iceland Music/ÚTÓN provides grants and funding to support Icelandic musicians through three main channels: the Travel Export Fund, Marketing Export Fund, and Reykjavík Loftbru.
Applications for these three funds are only available in Icelandic, although they may be filled out in English.
Only Icelandic companies and individuals are eligible for funding, and applications from non-Icelandic companies or individuals will not be considered. Iceland Music/ÚTÓN does not pay promoters to book Icelandic bands. However, promoters may assist bands in supporting an application for grants that bands may be eligible for, e.g. Travel Support funding.
Applicants flying from Iceland are more likely to get travel support over applicants located elsewhere.
ÚTÓN/Iceland Music oversees the administration of the Iceland Music Export Fund and Reykjavík Loftbrú. There is a fundamental difference between these two subsidies, with different expectations towards the applicants, different forms that need to be filled out, different administration and financial backers.
Iceland Music Export Fund
The Iceland Music Export Fund provides two main categories of funds: monthly travel grants, and marketing grants every four months.
Travel grants are handed out in the form of direct payment, normally around 50.000 kr. per band member. Bringing 1 assistant on the tour is permissible, for example a sound engineer or manager. The fund is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Education. Please note that a budget plan is required along with the application. Marketing grants are given quarterly.
In order to be eligible for consideration for a travel grant, an application must fulfil the following requirements. Please note that even fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee the grant, only that the application is eligible:
- The artist/band applying is Icelandic. This means that the artist/band is billed as Icelandic or at least partly Icelandic in all public arenas. For further information, please see: What is export ready?
- The artist/band is either playing at a showcase festival we cooperate with or is playing a tour of at least four (4) shows. Festivals include SPOT Festival, by:Larm, Ja Ja Ja, JazzAhead, The Great Escape, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Reeperbahn, Hokuo Music Night.
- We do provide exceptions if a composer wants to travel abroad to be present during a premiere of their work
- A budget plan must be included in the application
- Grants are not provided retroactively for projects that have already been completed.
Reykjavík Loftbrú is a travel fund which provides beneficiaries with cheaper flights to Icelandair’s destinations. The fund was completely reformulated in 2018. More information about Reykjavík Loftbrú is available here (Icelandic only).
If you are not planning a tour, nor are you planning to market an upcoming release, then the funds listed above might not be applicable to you. However, there are many more funds and subsidies available, with a musician’s list available here.
Frequently asked questions
- It is not possible to provide a discount on flights that have already been paid for if funding from Reykjavík Lofbrú is acquired.
- Applicants are not required to provide confirmation on concert dates when they apply from ÚÍT.
- Applicants are not required to provide a budget plan when apply from Reykjavík Loftbrú.
- Icelandic applicants are required to pay income tax for all funding. See here.