Regardless of whether you are a bigger-name draw or a smaller, emerging band, planning — and more importantly financing — international gigs is no easy task. But since last year, things have gotten a bit easier for Korean acts touring abroad.

In March 2012, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) began offering financial assistance to musicians for overseas festival appearances. A government-funded organization, KOCCA was formed in 2009 by combining the resources of several groups, including the Korea Broadcasting Institute, the Korean Culture and Content Agency, and the Korea Game Industry, into one association that focused on promoting the country's cultural industries.

Korean musicians who have been accepted to play at music festivals in other countries can apply to have KOCCA cover their airfare and accommodation for the duration of the event. This sponsorship opportunity is open to artists of all styles and stature.