The Hilltop Hoods Initiative Returns for 2012

A $10,000 grant funded by the Hilltop Hoods and APRA to help emerging Aussie Hip Hop artists manufacture, market and release an album. In addition to $10k funding, the winner receives legal advice, a Shure Mic prize pack and an invite to showcase at Song Summit, 26-28 May 2012. Applications close Feb 28th.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants of any age (but it is expected that you will be in the early stages of your career). To be eligible for the HTH initiative you must be:
  • An emerging Australian based Hip Hop/Soul artist or group who has not released an album professionally.
  • 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. For more information on joining APRA go to

You are not eligible if you are:

  • A previous recipients of the HTH Initiative
  • An APRA employee (or an immediate family member of an APRA employee)

What is the grant for?

The grant is for costs associated with manufacturing, marketing and distributing a CD 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

Please note, the grant does not cover:

  • Recording costs
  • Merchandising
  • Equipment purchases

For more information visit the APRA website.

All applications must be received by 28 February 2012.

Published: 09 Feb 2012 by QMusic Newsdesk