Celebrating our brightest emerging artists and established legends, the QMAs are a state-wide search for Queensland’s best music. Spanning 13 self-nominating categories including Pop, Rock, Blues / Roots, Country, Hip-Hop / Rap, Electronic / Dance, Heavy, Video and Schools.
Queensland songwriters have today been gifted a one-week extension to enter their songs & videos in the 2019 Queensland Music Awards.
The new deadline is midnight Monday November 19, 2018, providing a grace period for those racing to the finish line on new work.
Already the 2019 awards have enjoyed a flood of published and unpublished entries across 13 self-nominating genre categories. And with the recent announcement of a $20,000 promotional prize, courtesy of The Music & NOVA 106.9, the QMAs present a unrivalled opportunity for musicians from across the state, to catapult their careers onto a national stage.
Adding to the appeal, over 70 music industry executives have been enlisted to uncover Queensland’s best new music, including programmers and tastemakers from across Australia. Songwriters will have their music heard by representatives from BIGSOUND, Double J, Woodford, Bluesfest, Dew Process, Billboard, Native Tongue Music Publishing, and Frontier Touring to name a few.
“Queensland artists shouldn't miss this rare opportunity to showcase their gifts to the world. The QMAs have a rich history of unearthing hitherto completely unrecognised talent - we never know what new faces will grace the stage on the awards night, and go on to bigger and better things.”Joel Edmondson
Emerging musicians and duos are also encouraged to apply for the 2019 Billy Thorpe Scholarship. Funded by the Queensland Government, the scholarship has a long history of supporting Queensland’s most promising songwriters including Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants), AYLA, Jeremy Neale, and this year, Greta Stanley from Far North Queensland. Now in its 11th year, the grant provides $10,000 to record with an established producer, and receive career-planning advice from Chugg Entertainment. Applications are free, and the deadline has also been extension until midnight Monday 19 November, 2018.
The 2019 Queensland Music Awards, will take place at Royal International Convention Centre at Brisbane Showgrounds on Tuesday 19 March, 2019.
Supported annually by APRA AMCOS, the 2019 QMA self-nominating categories are Pop, Rock, Electronic / Dance, Blues / Roots, Heavy, Jazz, Schools, Hip - Hop / Rap, Country, World / Folk, Soul / Funk / R’n’B, Video, Singer Songwriter.
Entries for both the Queensland Music Awards and the Billy Thorpe Scholarship now close midnight Monday November 19, 2018.
A recording grant for early career artists, the scholarship, named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe was designed to help develop the future of rock and roll. The Scholarship is for an emerging musician or band over 18. You must be a Qld resident and in the early stages of developing your career.
Sahara Beck has been named as the recipient of the $15,000 Carol Lloyd Award for 2019, the announcement taking place at the launch of this year's Queensland Music Festival.
Queensland Music Festival has launched its massive 2019 program. The state-wide program for the festival's 20th anniversary will run 5 July through to 28 July and bring "the gift of music to all corners of the state". Find out what's on and how you can get involved!
Last fortnight Paris Irwin, winner of the Industry Connect ‘Chill with Paces’ mentoring session spent an afternoon at Alchemix Recording Studios with Paces to gain some priceless industry insight, feedback on her songs and whip up a groovy new tune with the Gold Coast based producer.
Tucked away in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast is the picturesque Heliport Studios where for the second year, eight Industry Connect participants will spend four days co-writing and collaborating on new music with the guidance of industry experts.
APRA AMCOS have announced the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards offering nine individual winners $15,000 each. The Smugglers of Light initiative will also return in 2019, providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000.