Rising Rugby star FEMME awarded music grant


A musician who recently supported global pop star Charli XCX on tour has received a £7,000 grant.

FEMME, who is from the Rugby area, said she wouldn’t have been able to join the tour without help from the Music Export Growth Scheme.

The rising star behind FEMME - Laura Bettinson (pictured) - is now based in London.

She said: “Without the support of the fund I would not have been able to accept Charli XCX’s personal invitation to go on tour with her in the USA this year.

“The promotion and exposure the 20-date tour brought me has made such a huge impact on furthering my career.

“I gained masses of new fans, press coverage and absolutely invaluable touring experience on the road.”

Laura added: “As an independent artist it’s support from schemes like MEGS that enable me to survive in an ever-changing and challenging music industry.”

Laura Bettinson started performing as Dimbleby & Capper in 2008, under the name of which she performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2009. It was during this period she met Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and drummer Joey Waronker, and then went on to front their side project Ultraísta, whose debut self-titled album was released in the UK.

In 2013, Laura returned to solo work under the pseudonym FEMME.