Jaguar Jonze crafts songs of melancholic beauty woven with gun slinging guitar lines and a strikingly rich, yet intimate voice. Born in Japan to a Taiwanese mother and Australian father, Jaguar Jonze is as eclectic as her cultural upbringing oozing influences by the likes of Portishead, The Last Shadow Puppets, Nick Cave and Angel Olsen.
Billy Thorpe Scholarship
The annual A$10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship funded by Arts Queensland, provides the opportunity for an emerging artist to record with an established producer and to meet with, and receive advice around career planning from a representative from Chugg Entertainment.
The Scholarship, is named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, a great Australian rock musician who passed away in February 2007.
Billy spent his formative years in Brisbane and made an enormous contribution to the Australian and global music industry over five decades of performing, writing and producing.
2020 applications are now open.
Read the guidelines here.
Applications Open: September 30, 2019
Applications Close: Midnight October 24, 2019
Finalists Announced: Early 2020
Winners Announced: 3 March, 2020
Pool Shop is a Brisbane-based, dream-pop outfit, lead by Jaimee Fryer (of Major Leagues). No stranger to performance, this once lone act has now transported her recorded concept to the stage. To achieve these vivid soundscapes and ethereal melodies, Pool Shop has expanded as a lush band for live performances.
Cross-hemisphere songstrress RIVAH burst on to the scene last year with her debut single 'Untame', produced by Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, Chet Faker) and Pip Norman (Jarryd James). The pop-soul sound, layered vocals and ripe production caught the attention of industry across continents and saw the Brisbane based singer split her time between Australia and the US to co-write, record and perform.
Unabashed dorks sweater curse came together quickly when members Chris, Rei and Monica started captivating Brisbane’s local scene with their charm and evocative, jangly melodies. Writing songs that have been described as ‘slightly depressing but still groovy’ and ‘introspective, slightly sparkly indie-rock’ the band carved out a niche for themselves with a throwback feel.
"Being the recipient of the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship has allowed me to create & soon release new music I otherwise would have been struggling to afford and manage to do successfully. It gave me confidence and reassurance that my art is important and appreciated by industry professionals and listeners alike."Greta Stanley
2018 Scholarship Winner
"I won the Billy Thorpe Scholarship when we first started and literally bought my first guitar with the money. I’d been borrowing guitars from friends, so that was something special. Opportunities like that don’t come around so often, and it’s a beautiful thing that it came from my local community".Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants)
2011 Scholarship Winner