Iceland will pay 25% of artists’ expenses if they record there

Iceland is a particularly otherworldly place, even just visiting it for a moment. However, creatively, it seems to possess some special energy that has called upon many musicians to visit and make magic. Now, the country is giving musicians an even bigger incentive to come and record there. Iceland is now offering a 25% rebate on all recording expenses for international artists. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s a real new initiative called “Record in Iceland” and is conceived by Iceland Music, which is the country’s music export office, reports Indie88.

“Because of our glorious isolation, Iceland has nurtured quite a unique music culture,” Iceland Music managing director Sigtryggur Baldursson explains, according to Billboard. “But as well as developing a nation of poets and musicians, we also have a network of first-class recording studios, each with their own idiosyncrasies.”

Of course, not everyone can just hop on a plane, record for a week, and get reimbursed. The recorded music must clock in at more 30 minutes and get released within 18 months of recording, with receipts submitted by the project’s producer. The initiative will be formally presented at annual music showcase Iceland Airwaves in November. Check out the video below!