Alex Lahey wins the Josh Pyke Partnership for 2016
Applicants for the Partnership 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.
Alex was chosen from more than 200 entries, and Josh said it was tough to choose one entry from an abundance of talent.
"This year Alex Lahey took out the award for a couple of reasons," said Josh. "First and foremost the song she submitted was immediately stuck in my head, and her lyrics were compelling and clever. Her turn of phrase was quirky and intelligent, and really relatable... I reckon most of us have been in the situation that’s portrayed in the song You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me.
"Alex’s business plan was well thought out, realistic and was building upon an already impressive list of independent achievements, and it’s important to me to have faith that the recipient will make the most of the opportunity."
"I’m sure Alex is going to nail it!" - Josh Pyke
On Facebook Alex said, "Extremely honoured to have been awarded this year's JP Partnership by Josh Pyke! I am so grateful for the support and am really excited about the opportunities this gives me to get out around the country, bringing the AL live show to you. Thanks so much to Josh, his team and APRA AMCOS for giving this kid a real leg up x"
It's been a big week for Alex, who also received a nod from Pitchfork when You Don't Think You Like People Like Me was named the site's Best New Track.