On ITV Tyne Tees News tonight Pam Royle talks to Newcastle singer-songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton who has been given a grant by the government to take her talent to America.
The 24-year-old from Heaton performed her first gig aged 16 at the Head of Steam pub in Newcastle.
She is now among a small group of UK musicians who will receive funding to help export their products.
The 14 acts are to receive a grant from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills to help promote British music abroad.
For more on the Music Export Scheme goto http://www.bpi.co.uk/export-scheme.aspx
The girlband Little Mix have done what so many British bands have failed to do - and cracked America.
Half of the band are from South Shields and just over two years since becoming the first group to ever win the X factor, their album is number one in the US iTunes charts and their name is up in lights in New York's Times Square.
Pop group The Vamps have announced an 11 city tour that includes Newcastle. The 'Wild Heart' band will perform at Newcastle City Hall on September 25.
Bradley Will Simpson, guitarist James McVey, drummer Tristan Evans and bassist Connor Ball, have recently been on tour as main support to Taylor Swift.
Brit award winning UK artist Tinie Tempah will perform at Middlesbrough's TFM Soundworks. He joins a list of acts playing in the town including Dappy, The Game and Chip. Tinie will be there on April 8. Event organiser Junior Masandi called the show 'a great coup for the town'.
Twelve North East acts will battle it out tomorrow at the Soundwave Music Competition grand finale. Over 1,000 musical acts applied and now the final bands have been chosen.
They will perform in front of a capacity crowd in Newcastle's O2 Academy tomorrow and also a panel of industry experts.
The competition offers aspiring artists the chance to gain performing experience.
The winning act will receive a full day’s recording, radio airtime, press coverage, magazine interviews, and photo shoots.
Sunderland's Stadium of Light will play host to some of the biggest acts in the country as part of North East Live 2014.
Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, The Saturdays and Union J will join top US act Jason Derulo - and more acts will be announced in the coming months.
SAFC Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson, said: "Naturally we are absolutely delighted that the event is coming back to the Stadium of Light.
"Last year's 'North East Live' was a fantastic event so it's great to be working with AEG again on what provided to be such a hugely successful format.
"There is a great live-up already in place for 2014 and its one that I'm sure will appeal to a diverse audience .
"The show really does have something for everyone and it's an affordable price for what will be a great day's entertainment."
Sunderland AFC has announced another North East Live event for 2014.
The one-day festival will feature Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks and the Saturdays among others.
Maximo Park has announced an extra show on next year's UK tour and it is in Newcastle. The second Newcastle show has been added because the first Newcastle date sold out so quickly. The 'Too Much Information' band will play for Geordie fans on 21st and 22nd March 2014.
Lawson played Metro Radio Live in front of 10,000 fans. Backstage, the spoke to Rachel Sweeney about music, what's next and.... Joey Essex!