Congratulations to this year's Billy Thorpe Scholarship finalists! Four Queensland songwriters have been selected from the incredible pool of talent that applied this year, and are now one step closer to the $10,000 prize.
In the running this year is Brisbane-based ambient-electronic producer Yoste, indie electronica songwriter Keelan Mak, acoustic pop songwriter Harry Phillips, and Far North Queensland's Greta Stanley.
The scholarship, funded by Arts Queensland and named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, a great Australian rock musician who passed away in February 2007, was designed to help develop the future of rock and roll. Billy Thorpe 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. The winner will have the opportunity to record with an established producer and to meet with and receive advice around career planning from a representative from Chugg Entertainment.
The Scholarship recipient will be announced during the Queensland Music Awards ceremony on .
About to finish school for the year and want something fun to do over the summer break? There are a bunch of great youth workshops, events and opportunities happening all around Queensland. From songwriting camps to awesome gigs to learning how to work in radio, check out all the exciting things happening over the holidays!
Gold Coast's HOTA (Home of the Arts) have launched their new Creative Development Program, offering cash support for both individual artists and arts companies for the development of new projects and opening up their spaces to be used in creating and performing new work. Apply before 25 January!