The Inaugural Americana Music Prize Of Australia

An exciting new initiative to recognise, cultivate and support musical talent in Australia’s burgeoning Americana/alt-country scene has just been announced.

Known as the Americana Music Prize of Australia, it will take the form of an annual grant to support up-and-coming artists in this genre, and is the brainchild of Aussie singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist and producer Shane Nicholson. Others to throw their weight behind the project include Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia.

Says Shane himself: “We want to support, encourage, mentor and resource aspiring unsigned artists in the Americana/alt-country scene in Australia and this is a great way to kick start a career,”

To enter, artists must submit a song demo as well as a bio and supporting media, such as photos and videos. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize pack consisting of:

  • Recording and production of an EP at Forbes Street Studios, produced, recorded and mixed by Shane Nicholson
  • Mastering by Jeff McCormack at Music Cellar
  • A professional Photo Shoot with Glen Hannah
  • Artwork design and collaboration by Goonga Design
  • A professionally filmed and edited EPK with MC Imaging
  • An artist Bio written by Michael Dwyer
  • A management consultation/career advice session with Graham Thompson Management
  • A touring/promoter consultation session with Zenon Els of Artist Network
  • Specific press opportunities, including a piece in Rythyms
  • Distribution of an EP by Lost Highway Australia/Universal Music

A highly decorated judging panel, including Rod Yates (Editor, Rolling Stone), Brian Taranto (Love Police), Tracey Griffiths (Dashville Skyline) and Oz alt-country artist Henry Wagons, to name but a few, will select the winner, who will be announced on Saturday 24 March at Crossroads in the Vines Country Music Festival.

Entries close at 5:00pm on Friday 2 March 2018, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to take out the inaugural Americana Music Prize of Australia, go to:


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