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The Josh Pyke Partnership is back for 2021

Emerging songwriters: apply for the $7,500 grant and invaluable mentoring
Media Published Friday 29 January 2021
Singer-songwriter Josh Pyke

Applications are now open to emerging songwriters, closes 26 March 2021 at 5pm AEDT.

One lucky Aussie musician will receive a $7,500 grant to kick-start their music career, as well as mentorship from Josh Pyke himself, Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Stephen Wade (Select Music).

Now in its seventh year, previous JPP recipients include

Angie McMahon, Alex Lahey and Gordi.


After an incredibly tough 2020 for musicians, Josh Pyke and APRA AMCOS are bringing back the Josh Pyke Partnership for its seventh year in 2021.

We will be awarding one lucky Aussie musician with a $7,500 grant to kick-start their music career. In addition to the financial reward, the winning artist will receive mentorship from Josh Pyke himself, Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Stephen Wade (Select Music).

"I’m really excited to announce the JP Partnership will be going ahead in ‘21 as usual. 2020 was devastating to the arts, and this year will inevitably throw some curveballs our way, but with the help of APRA AMCOS I’ll be giving an emerging artist a leg up," said Josh Pyke.

"I feel like it’s more important than ever to do what we can in the arts community to support each other in what we hope is a period of recovery for our sector. I'm looking forward to hearing some new music!"

The partnership requires the winning artist submit samples of their work and to establish a clear and concise business plan, which will outline and support the progression of their music career.

"Once again, we are proud to sponsor the Josh Pyke Partnership. As the roster of impressive recipients grows, it is even more evident that Josh and his team’s mentoring and guidance makes a real impact on Australian artists’ careers,” said Jana Gibson, Head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS.

Previous winners like Angie McMahon, Alex Lahey and Gordi are a testament to what can be achieved after receiving the award.

"This prize had a huge effect on my year because it meant I could pursue the professional goals I'd set for myself," said Angie McMahon. "The vote of confidence from Josh Pyke and APRA helped people believe in my music, which is very powerful, and I've been busy pursuing opportunities since receiving the prize. It felt like I'd been passed the relay baton, and then I was off and running."

To enter, applicants must not be signed to a recording or publishing company and must submit a business plan outlining how they would use the $7,500 grant.

Entries open on at 9AM AEDT January 29 2021 and will close at 5PM AEDT on 26 March 2021. The winner will be announced 4 June 2021.

Find out more information to get started on your application.