Iceland Music/ÚTÓN supports Icelandic musicians through two main channels: the Music Export Fund, and the Marketing Grant.
Applications for these funds are available in both Icelandic and 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 than applicants located elsewhere.
Music Export Fund - Travel grant
The Music Export Fund is distributed in the form of direct payment, normally around 50.000 ISK per band member. Bringing one assistant on the tour is permissible, for example a sound engineer or manager. Grants are funded by the Ministry of Culture and Education. Please note that a budget plan is required along with the application.
Applications for travel grants must be received before the dates are played.
Applications must be received before 23:59 GMT on the last day of every month in order to become eligible for consideration for upcoming shows. For example, if an artist is planning to tour in June, applications must be received before 23:59 GMT on May 31.
Grants are not provided retroactively for dates that have already been played.
The marketing grant is targeted at musicians aiming to engage in larger promotional efforts. Grants are awarded four times a year, with up to 2m ISK available for disbursement each time. The Board of the Export Fund uses their discretion in providing funding according to financial need and quality of the project.
Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 of each year. Applications must be received by 23:59 GMT on January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31 in order to be eligible for consideration for the following quarter.
Requirements for marketing grant applicants are more stringent, with a more detailed application form as well as various supporting documents needed to accompany the application. All necessary information is available in the application form, accessed below.
If you need help in applying for the marketing grant, contact us at email@example.com.
If you are not planning a tour nor planning to market an upcoming release, 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.
Eligibility to apply for any of the export funds does not guarantee disbursement. This also applies if you are applying to attend a showcase festival.
Decisions on the awarding of grants are made by an independent board which is external to Iceland Music. Iceland Music does not make decisions on the provision or rejection of export funding.
Applicants are not required to provide confirmation of concert dates when applying for the Music Export Fund.
Icelandic applicants are required to pay income tax for all funding. See here.