Kraumur allocates financing to the Conquest 2011

Kraumur Music Fund introduces the allocation of grants to Icelandic artists and projects this summer, autumn and winter 2011. Over ISK 2 million is allocated to six projects introducing Icelandic music on the home market; the Conquest 2011.

Kraumur music fund announced on Thursday 13 July that allocations will be made to projects of Icelandic artists and bands which take part in Kraumur’s Conquest 2011. The projects are very varied and the musical genres are diverse ranging from classical lied singing to heavy rock and electronic music.

Those receiving support from Kraumur this time are Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and Gerrit Schuil, the bands Valdimar, Ghostigital and Captain Fufanu, Frelsissveit Nýja Íslands which will perform at a jazz festival and Skálmöld which will also visit the Faroe Islands. The tour Partíþokan (Party-haze) receives the highest support this time. It is a concept created by Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson of the band Prinspóló.  In addition to Prinspóló, FM Belfast, Borko and Sin Fang will be joining them.

The objective is to increase the artists’ possibilities of having concerts, give them a chance to promote their music outside the capital area and boost people’s access to musical events in the countryside.

Kraumur received a total of 119 applications and it is therefore clear that Kraumur would only support a small part of all the projects that applied to the fund. It conforms with the official policy of the fund which is to support a relatively few projects/artists – but make the support large enough to make a difference for the artists and their projects. Today, a total of six projects are introduced that Kraumur will support.

The main objective of Kraumur is to support Icelandic music, primarily by sponsoring young musicians. Since the establishment of the fund early in 2008 around 80 bands and artists have received support from the fund and Kraumur has also initiated various projects (audio workshops, the Conquest – support of touring around Iceland, the Kraumur Awards and the Kraumur List) in addition to the projects Musical Experiments of Tónabær, Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Við Djúpið, etc.

The projects that received donations in the latter allocation of Kraumur in 2011:

Partíþokan: Prinspóló, Sin Fang, Borko and FM Belfast          500.000,-
The Conquest – Touring to Seyðisfjörður, Akureyri, Ísafjörður and Reykjavík.

Ghostigital and Captain Fufanu                                                   400.000,-
The Conquest – Touring around the country in the autumn/winter to introduce electro- and experimental music.

Skálmöld                                                                                           400.000,-
The Conquest/ Expansion – Ferðin til Heljar: Touring in Iceland and the Faroe Islands

Valdimar                                                                                            300.000,-
The Conquest – Two tours around the country, in July and August.

Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and Gerrit Schuil                                      300.000,-
The Conquest – Three lied concerts in the countryside: Ísafjörður, Akureyri and Eskifjörður.

Frelsissveit Nýja Íslands                                                               300.000,-
The Conquest – Haukur Gröndal’s Jazz band play music by Icelandic composers, in new instrumentation, at the Jazz festival.

Total: 2.2 million to six projects

Kraumur Music Fund was established early in 2008 by the Aurora Fund and has the main objective of promoting Icelandic music, mainly by supporting young musicians, to help them do their artistic work and promote it in Iceland as well as internationally. The objective is to support young musicians in Iceland with direct funding, professional assistance and cooperation of various sorts. Kraumur endeavours to support and promote musical innovation and ambition.