The UpStart Award is an annual grant of $10,000 to an emerging Victoria singer-songwriter. The award is funded by a music loving family in Melbourne, and the winner will be decided by a panel of local music experts.

You might still be busking, you may have recorded a few tracks or you might be playing pub gigs; but you’re not on the map yet.

Applications for the Upstart award open on July 17 and close August 31. The winner will be announced and interviewed on “The Breakfast Spread” on PBS FM in Mid-November.