Grant boost for Sheffield band The Crookes

Sheffield band The Crookes
Sheffield band The Crookes
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The Crookes have been given a £20,000 grant to make sure their music is heard around the world.

The Sheffield-based guitar pop band has been handed the cash through the government’s Music Export Growth Scheme, which helps independent music companies promote their artists overseas.

The Crookes, who are signed to Fierce Panda Records, will use the money to support promotion and touring. They will be focusing in particular on boosting their profile in the USA.

A band spokesman said: “Our fan base has been steadily growing in the US for the last few years and with this money we will be able to capitalise on this burgeoning profile.

“The fact that we were deemed worthy of this award is a massive compliment and we will work our socks off to make sure we do everyone involved in the decision-making process proud.”

Trade Minister Lord Livingston, who announced the grants, said: “The Brit Awards showed the depth of music talent in the UK and why we sell more records around the world than almost any other country.

“The Music Export Growth Scheme will give more talented young British artists the chance to be successful on the international stage.”

The Crookes are off on tour to promote their third album, Soapbox, which is out in April.

The quartet – bassist and frontman George Waite, guitarists Tom Dakin and Daniel Hopewell and drummer Russell Bates – begin in mid-April with dates across England and Scotland.

They head to Europe in May, with shows in countries including Italy and Switzerland, before ending with a hometown gig at The Leadmill on Saturday, May 31.