Australia’s leading hip-hop crew, The Hilltop Hoods have returned with APRA AMCOS for 2015 to invite all aspiring and unsigned Australian artists of hip-hop and soul to put forth their talents for a chance to win $10,000 to cover expenses from recording to album release, which can include marketing, legal fees as well a Zoo York prize pack to boot.

The HTH Initiative has started the careers for past recipients, Chelsea Jane, Jimblah, RUNFORYOURLIFE and last year’s winner, QLD-based MC I am D who had just released his debut EP The Daley Grind and has since put the $10,000 he won towards producing and promoting his first full-length album.

When interviewed by APRA AMCOS, I Am D described the moment he found out he had won the grant;

“I got a call from Suffa (Hilltop Hoods) on Friday morning while I was at work loading bags onto a plane and pretty much had to cut the call short. He basically said I had won and I was trying to hold it together like some idiot on the radio winning the day’s jackpot.”

Please make sure you are a member of APRA AMCOS. Visit their website for details. They are taking applications for the process from 20 January, 2015. This is not to be slept on. If you’re serious about your music then this opportunity can be the biggest boost into a career in entertainment for any unsigned hype. Just ask I am D.

I AM D - 'September 1st'

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