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Americana Music Prize of Australia 2018

Are you an aspiring artist in the Americana/Alt-Country/Roots music space? We are offering a unique career-boosting opportunity to record at Australia’s newest high-tech recording studio, with one of Australia’s leading producers, a professional photoshoot, artwork design, a written bio, and receive A&R, management, &; touring consultation and advice.

We’ve teamed up with Lost Highway Australia, Shane Nicholson/The Sound Hole and Forbes Street Studios to launch a major leg-up worth $10,000: the Americana Music Prize of Australia.

The application process is simple; fill out the form below to submit a track and go in the running to win the grant, which includes recording at Forbes Street Studio and The Sound Hole Studio with the multi-award winning Shane Nicholson. Judging will be undertaken by a specially-chosen industry panel, with representatives from artist management, record labels, promoters, radio, television, and print/press media.

Forbes Street Studio is a high-end, fully-commercial studio based in Sydney and has been the envy of all others since its opening. The Sound Hole is Shane Nicholson’s personal studio on the Central Coast of NSW, the birthplace of many defining Australian albums in the genre.


  • Recording and production of an EP at Forbes Street Studios (1 day) &; The Sound
    Hole (2 days). Produced, recorded and mixed by Shane Nicholson;
  • Mastering by Jeff McCormack at Music Cellar;
  • Professional Photo Shoot with Glen Hannah;
  • Artwork design and collaboration by Goonga Design;
  • Professionally filmed and edited EPK with MC Imaging;
  • Artist Bio written by Michael Dwyer;
  • Management consultation/career advice session with Graham Thompson
  • Touring/Promoter consultation session with Zenon Els of Artist Network;
  • Specific press opportunities, including a piece in Rythyms; and
  • An offer from Lost Highway Australia/Universal Music for distribution of the EP.

The Grant is currently open for entries and closes 5:00pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

Americana Music Prize of Australia Grant Partners