Looking for some help to get your career off the ground? Think you can put $10,000 to good use releasing an album or EP?

The Hilltop Hoods Initiative offers an up-and-coming Australian hip hop or soul artist a grant to help fund the manufacture, marketing and distribution of a release of five or more songs. Along with cold, hard cash, the winning artist will also receive legal advice courtesy of David Vodicka and Media Arts Lawyers, which can be used for general legal or specific career advice, and a Love Police ATM merchandise start-up kit (to the value of $500). Entries will be judged by a panel of key figures in Australian hip hop including Hau, Nish, Ran-Dee, Raph and Tom Thum.

For more information head to: http://apraamcos.com.au/hth

To be eligible for the HTH initiative you must be:

  • Applicants of any age (but it is expected that you will be in the early stages of your career).
  • An emerging Australian based Hip Hop/Soul artist or group who has not released an album professionally/commercially
  • An Australian citizen or must have been a legal resident of Australia for the past two (consecutive) years.
  • Applicants must be an APRA member or have at least made application to join APRA AMCOS.

The grant is for costs associated with manufacturing, marketing and distributing a release of at least five original songs. This can include:

  • Mastering
  • CD artwork/design
  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Postal and administrative costs associated directly with the project
  • Manufacturing

All applications must be received by midnight (AEDT) Tuesday 22 March 2016.