music:LX's Tour Support is an essential component to help export-ready artists promote and develop their careers abroad. This support aims to stimulate an artist or band’s career by subsidizing international tours and festivals outside the Greater Region. In consideration of each application, music:LX will evaluate how each tour will play into the artist’s overall career development as well as the market value of each event that will take place.
music:LX requires a minimum of three (3) dates in a row. Single concerts are usually not supported however an exception can be made with established venues that are members of a recognized professional network. This initiative is available to all three levels of artists as detailed below, however applicants with a strong artist development plan will be favoured.
Applicants for Tour Support are eligible to receive up to 80% of their total eligible budget.
- International transportation (Flights, Train, Van/Car-Rental, Gas, and Tolls - Economy class-only)
- PR and digital marketing services
- Hired musicians and crew fees
- Recording/Production costs (Manufacturing, Rehearsing space, Equipment, Studio time)
- Promotional CDs, Vinyl press, Merch
- Print (Flyers, posters, etc)
- Gear costs
- Hired photographers, graphic designer
- Video Production
- Per Diems and meals
Who can apply?
music:LX’s support is open only to artists:
- with a Luxembourgish citizenship,
- and/or that have a residency in Luxembourg,
- and/or that are firmly anchored in the local music scene.
Applicants may be the artists themselves or a local/international entourage working with an act represented by music:LX. The three categories of support eligible for Tour Support are :
- Established artists
- Breakthrough artists
- Emerging artists
When should you submit your project?
Any initial requests for tour support should be sent a minimum of two months in advance of the project start. Exceptions can be made if last-minute tours come about, but we’ve set this deadline in order to ensure a proper strategy and lead-time is in place. Should you not inform us before the two-month deadline, music:LX reserves the right to decline any initial request for funding or support.
For exceptions to this rule, please email your respective project manager for approval:
How should you send in your initial application?
Fill in the initial application form here. In this form you will be asked to write about your career development plan, a description of the tour as well as a detailed budget. Every application for support should be approached thoughtfully. Please review the descriptions of each of the core documents required for the application below.
THE NAME OF THE BAND / ARTIST : Including bio, assets, links, contacts, etc.
YOUR PROFESIONNAL PARTNERS : Management, Label, Booking, Publisher, etc.
TOUR DESCRIPTION : Include each date, venue, city, and country. Is this a headlining tour or support tour. If support, which band? Have you performed in these markets or venues before?
MARKETING PLAN (Audience & Territories) : What steps will you be taking to drive more awareness to your band through this tour, generate new fans, and increase merch and ticket sales? Are you touring in support of an album or single or just looking to reach new fans? Describe the overall demographic of your fans (their age, gender, location, interests, etc). Will you be utilizing any new or old partners to help in your marketing efforts or DIY? What are the projected results you expect from these efforts?
CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN : In 2000 characters or more, detail where you are in your career and provide an overall strategy / plan for growth in the coming year (or years). Describe your challenges, ambitions, and where you hope to be at the end of the calendar year. Also describe how the requested touring activity will contribute to your overall strategy and how it will help you achieve your artist goals.
TIMELINE : Provide a detailed timeline for the rollout of the project in question. Is this in support of an album or single? How far in advance of the activity will the planning and setup take place?
GLOBAL BUDGET ESTIMATION : Estimate how much you’ll spend on each day of the tour. Include all spends, regardless of whether you hope to subsidise them with music:LX. Any initial applications for funding must also declare all incomes, revenue and any other public funding received or expected to be received toward the same project (including music:LX, FOCUNA, Ministry of Culture, and Merch). Spreadsheet is preferred.
Download the Global Budget Template!
Conditions for Funding. What are the next steps?
Your application will be analyzed by music:LX as soon as possible to determine the relevance and feasibility of the project, whether or not to support, and if so, the amount awarded.
Once your application has been approved, you must compile and organise all invoices and receipts incurred throughout the duration of the tour as a condition of funding. No costs will be counted without proof of receipt and generally, eligible costs must be incurred after the application has been submitted.
music:LX reserves the right to remove any ineligible expenses from your final cost report. The final amount granted may be reduced in the event of any changes from the initial budget and only after the final refund request has been analyzed.
It is mandatory to include the music:LX logo and acknowledgement on each communication and marketing medium used to promote the project as well as any material sent to the press. (download the logo here).
Moreover, if any other request for subsidy or grants is already made or granted (Ministry of Culture, FOCUNA, private sponsors or other institutions) it is mandatory to mention it to music:LX in your Global Budget Estimation.