The Activate Music Grant supports the development of the Gold Coast’s contemporary music artists and industry. Funding provides support for projects that build cultural capacity, increase employment and create pathways to sustainable music careers.
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 .
The 2018 Queensland Music Awards will spotlight a new wave of songwriters alongside established names with today’s announcement of finalists spread far across the state.