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Tasmania’s Sumner wins Josh Pyke Partnership

by Greg Phillips on June 7, 2018

in News

Tasmanian alternative electronic duo, Sumner (Chloe Wilson & Jack McLaine) have won this year’s Josh Pyke Partnership. Made possible by Josh Pyke and APRA AMCOS the partnership aims to connect an unsigned musician with the exciting opportunity to receive mentorship and funding that will help to grow their career.

“The Josh Pyke Partnership aims to have real impact on a developing career, it’s an initiative that APRA AMCOS is proud to be involved with for the fifth year in a row. Congrats to Sumner, who are very deserving of this grant and honour.” – Jana Gibson (APRA AMCOS)

Sumner will be awarded a $7500 grant to kick-start their music career. In addition to the financial reward they will also receive valuable insight and mentorship from Josh Pyke himself and a meeting with Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Stephen Wade (Select Music).

“We’re beyond stoked and honoured to be the 2018 recipients of the Josh Pyke Partnership. Thanks so much to Josh Pyke, Wonderlick Entertainment, Select Music and APRA AMCOS for giving these Tassie kids a go.” – Jack McLaine and Chloe Wilson (Sumner)

“As always, judging the JP Partnership was a challenge as well as an inspiration,” said Josh Pyke of this year’s competition. “This year’s bunch of entries was the most diverse to date with a lot more pop and hip hop on display, and the standard over all was excellent. The winner this year is Sumner from Tasmania, a duo featuring really excellent production skills and evocative vocals. Their business plan was practical and achievable, and their future looks bright! Very excited to award the Partnership to Sumner and looking forward to meeting up with them soon!”

Sumner caught the attention of the music world in 2018 releasing their debut single “Pictures” and EP “All That I Am”; with their calming, dexterous production and songs being compared to the likes of Frank Ocean and Lorde. The collection of songs is perfectly unique and completed self-assured, not only rare for such a young project – it’s precisely what makes them special.
Recently having supported the acclaimed Vera Blue, Montaigne, Smith Street Band, Wil Wagner and performing at Party In the Paddock Festival and Falls Festival; Sumner are fast developing their live show which has been described as warm, vulnerable and addictive, leaving audiences wanting more.

Previous Partnership Recipients include:

2017 – Angie McMahon
2016 – Alex Lahey
2015 – Gordi aka Sophie Payten
2014 – Govs aka Josiah Birrell

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