submissions for the UpStart Awards are officially open

Applications are now open for the $10,000 annual grant for emerging Victorian songwriters.

You may still be playing, you may have recorded a few songs or you may be playing gigs in a pub; but if you’re a Victorian songwriter, you should take part in the UpStart Awards. This is an annual grant of $10,000 given to an emerging Victorian songwriter. The winner will be chosen by a panel of local artists and music experts, including Angie MacMahon and Shane Howard – as well as an array of industry experts from radio, streaming services and beyond.

What do you want to know

  • UpStart Awards Open Today
  • The winner will be announced and interviewed on Spreadable breakfast on PBS in mid-November
  • Registration closes August 31, so register soon

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Upstart is looking for a musician who demonstrates original musical creativity to bequeath this year’s Singer-Songwriter Award. The award is funded by a music-loving Melbourne family and is decided by people active in the music industry.

No band – however, if you are part of a band, the application can be submitted (and assigned) to the band’s songwriter. You can submit a maximum of three songs, with the files in SoundCloud, Dropbox or YouTube format. Include a biography that describes your musical style, your career to date, and where you’ve performed, as well as a budget and plan for how you would use the $10,000 prize for career development.

Who can participate:

  • You must live in Victoria and have lived there for two years.
  • You must also be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • You must be a member of ARPA AMCOS.
  • You must have an ABN.

Head to the beginner website for more information and to apply.

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