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.

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