Rising Melbourne MC and producer Sinks aka Alex Sinclair taken out the 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. The hardworking artist has already won a triple j Unearthed competition and supported the likes of Action Bronson, Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief, Taskforce and Deltron 3030 among others.
Sinks receives a $10,000 grant from Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS which he will put towards manufacturing and promoting an album. His prize also includes legal advice courtesy of David Vodicka and Media Arts Lawyers and a Love Police ATM merchandise start-up kit.
“This is a massive honour!” said Sinks. “Having seen so many talented recipients in the past years I feel truly humbled to have been successful in the Initiative. I’m really looking forward to making the most of this grant by putting out the best music I can. Big shout outs to APRA AMCOS and the Hilltop Hoods!”
The Hilltop Hoods Initiative is now in its 12th year and has supported the work of previous winners including Astro Travellers, Sarah Connor, Jimblah, K21, I AM D and RUNFORYOURLIFE.
“Stoked for Sinks taking out the 2017 Initiative,” said DJ Debris from Hilltop Hoods. “He is a dope rapper with a great sound. As always, thanks to our judges Ran-Dee, Hau, Nish, Raph Boogie, Tom Thum and our newest judge Sose who year after year generously commit their time and effort to support emerging artists.”
Dean Ormston, Head of Member Services at APRA AMCOS, congratulated Sinks on his win.
“We’re all about what’s best for the careers of our members. It’s been great to again partner with the Hilltop Hoods for this wonderful opportunity, and to offer Sinks the chance to take his music further. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this prolific writer.”
Read more about the Hilltop Hoods Initiative here.