triple j Unearthed jumps to fund Jemma Nicole's next single

Hindmarsh Island musician Jemma Nicole is one of 16 emerging Australian artists receiving one of triple j Unearthed's Level Up grants.

The grants are designed to help independent artists grow and create great local content during the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the music industry hard.

They were split into three categories - genre, Indigenous, and regional - and Jemma was the South Australian recipient of the regional section.

The grants are worth up to $7000 and will help these Australian acts record new music, produce music videos, create sustainable merchandise, and more.

Jemma, an alt-pop rock artist, said she was shocked when triple j Unearthed music director Dave Ruby Howe called her via Zoom to tell her she was a recipient.

"I thought he was going to say I wasn't getting it, then he said I did," she said.

The 33-year-old will be using her grant to fund the artwork, music video, and marketing of her next single, Blood on Your Hands.

"It's a political song. I wrote it thinking about our leaders we currently have, and it has feminist undertones, but it's still a fun rock 'n' roll song," she said.

The single is pencilled in for release in August, ahead of the release of her second album later this year.

She said the album would be a "mix of old school rock and roll and Americana".

Jemma said the grants, which are part of the ABC's wider Fresh Start Fund, would help a handful of the thousands of artists impacted by coronavirus.

"Financially it's been really hard - most of my friends have lost their entire income," she said.

To see Jemma and the other recipients' reactions to winning the grants, visit

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