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Fat White Family hit out at major label group Slaves being given government grant

Fat White Family hit out at major label group Slaves being given government grant

Brixton's phenomenal Fat White Family have today called out punk duo Slaves for their recent reception of a grant from the UK government.

The BPI has announced the recipients of this year’s Music Exports Growth Scheme grant, something that enables British artists to allow them to tour and promote their music overseas. The £250,000 grant is usually kept and split between 11 independent bands, however, Slaves are on major label Virgin EMI and have been included in the allocation.

Fat White Family found the fact Slaves were given £12,000 particularly perturbing: “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?”

They continue, picking at the "back room agreements and golden hand shakes" of the music industry: “So Slaves, a band that probably takes about 10-20K a pop on the festival circuit can go and do SXSW? Shameful.”

It's a fair point. Check out the full post below:

Slaves, have since responded:

Hm...


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