Mentoring, Money and Music: the Josh Pyke Partnership returns

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2020

Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke, in conjunction with APRA AMCOS, is bringing back the Josh Pyke Partnership for a sixth year in 2020, awarding a lucky Australian musician with a $7500 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).

"It’s going to be a busy year, starting to tour again, releasing new music and also another kids book, but one project that I’m always hugely excited to make time for is the JP Partnership," said Josh. "I can’t wait to hear what amazingness everyone has been cooking up!"

The partnership requires the winning artist to establish and execute a business plan, which will outline and support the progression of their music career. 

"The strength of the Josh Pyke Partnership comes from Josh and his team sharing invaluable knowledge and expertise with emerging songwriters, and of course, from the recipients themselves who have built upon that mentoring to take their career to the next level,” said Jana Gibson, Head of Member Services at APRA AMCOS.

Previous winners like Angie McMahon, Alex Lahey, Gordi and Eilish Gilligan have gone from strength to strength since 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."

"The JP Partnership allowed me to continue to pursue my musical goals, both in the studio and on the road, and the vote of confidence had a significant effect on my career development." said 2019 winner Eilish Gilligan. "I’m so grateful to Josh Pyke and the teams at APRA, Wonderlick and Select for this opportunity."

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 $7500 grant.

Entries open on 12 February 2020 at 9AM AEDT and will close on 31 March 2020 at 5PM AEDT. The winner will be announced 5 June, 2020.

For more information on how to enter, click here

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