Iceland Offers Massive Incentives to Attract Foreign Musicians

Iceland has unveiled a subsidy program that’s designed to entice foreign-born music pressionals to record their work in the country.

Per the program’s ficial website, “producers can apply for reimbursement from the State Treasury 25%” the total sum spent recording in Iceland. The website also claims that applying for the reimbursement is as simple as filling out a form.

Icelandic government ficials created a short video that covers the basics the refund program.

Additionally, the program’s website summarizes some the other perks recording in Iceland, including being exposed to beautiful natural landscapes, having access to numerous industry pressionals, and the ability to utilize one the country’s many noteworthy studios.

The plan went into effect at the time the announcement, and eager musicians can arrange to record their work in Iceland (and receive the 25 percent discount) immediately.

One would have a hard time denying the appeal and beauty Iceland’s natural landscapes, and the nation about 350,000 citizens has produced one the most successful artists the twentieth century, Bjork.

Bjork has sold well over 20 million records and has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards. Considering that Iceland accounts for a minute portion the global population, Bjork’s accomplishments are that much more impressive. Perhaps there is something to the idea that Icelandic nature aids the creative process.

Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, is also considered to be its cultural, social, and financial hub. Over one-third the country’s total citizens live in Reykjavik, and the vast majority Iceland’s top recording studios have been set up in the downtown area.

It’ll be interesting to see just how effective the program is at attracting musicians. Though it’s admittedly rare to hear artists recording in Iceland, those who’ve done so—like folk musician Joan Shelley, for instance—have spoken positively their experiences.