Brisbane guitarist, songwriter and producer Jack Bratt has been awarded the prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship for 2019 at a ceremony held in Brisbane tonight.
Billy Thorpe Scholarship & Queensland Music Awards
The 2020 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic opens for entries today. The Award provides $10,000 for an emerging artist to record with an established producer and receive career-planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.
The winner of the Billy Thorpe Scholarship will be announced at the 2020 QMAs ceremony. Presented by QMusic, the 2020 QMAs will be held on Tuesday 3 March at its recently revealed new home, The Fortitude Music Hall.
"The Billy Thorpe Scholarship is celebrating its 12th year at next year’s QMAs, and we thank the Queensland Government for their continued support of this initiative which has supported emerging musicians including Jaimee Fryer, Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants) and Jeremy Neale."Angela Samut
CEO QMusic | Executive Producer QMAs
Emerging musicians and duos can check eligibility guidelines and apply for the 2020 Billy Thorpe Scholarship via the QMusic website. Applications close midnight Thursday 24 October.
Entries are also currently open for the eighth annual Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) to emerging and established Queensland artists.
Celebrating an incredible year for Queensland’s thriving music industry, songwriters have until midnight Thursday 24 October to enter their songs in a wide range of self-nominating categories.
“The QMAs celebrate the diverse talent in popular music in Queensland and are a platform for emerging artists to gain recognition and more established musicians to take their career to the next level,” said Ms Samut.
“Queensland boasts some of the most exiting artists on today’s Australian music scene and we look forward to opening the nomination doors to see who we can discover and showcase in 2020.”
Earlier this year, Clea, Tia Gostelow, Amy Shark, The Jungle Giants, Emily Warramara
Songwriters across Queensland are encouraged to enter their songs by midnight Thursday 24 October via the QMAs website. For more details, entry information and a list of previous winners, visit www.queenslandmusicawards.com.au
The publicly voted Live Music Festival of the Year and Live Music Venue of the Year (Metro and Regional) will return in February 2020, continuing the Awards’ aim to recognise a diverse group of contributors to Queensland music ecosystem.
Tickets for the QMAs will be available to purchase in early 2020.
Highlights from the 2019 QMAs can be watched here.
Schools (grades 6 - 12)
Songwriter / Folk
Blues / Roots
Hip-Hop / Rap
Electronic / Dance
Jazz / Intercultural
Video (for filmmakers only)
Song of The Year
Album of The Year
Billy Thorpe Scholarship
Export Achievement Award
Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award
People’s Choice Awards
Metro Venue of The Year
Regional Venue of The Year
Festival of The Year
Highest Selling Single
Highest Selling Album
QMusic was able to provide independent Brisbane artist, MARLOE., with the opportunity to attend the conference as well as arranging a one-on-one with 120 Publishing and a co-writing session with Akacia.
Australasian music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS held two annual general meetings in Sydney yesterday. Re-elected to the APRA Board were Writer Jenny Morris and Publisher Damian Trotter (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia). Writers Bic Runga and Jonathan Zwartz and Publisher Andrew Jenkins (Universal Music Publishing) were newly elected to the Board.
First Sounds is a special collaborative undertaking broadening the reach of Indigenous heritage, history and culture and supporting the burgeoning First Nations music industry.
QMusic is proud to announce the top four finalists of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship: Jack Bratt, Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie), Georgia Potter (Moreton) and Leanne Tennant. The winner of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
Congratulations to MARLOE who will be heading down to Electronic Music Conference (EMC) next week to attend the conference, co-write one-on-one with Akacia and sit down with 120 Publishing to learn about how an emerging artists publishing can be built into an incredibly valuable revenue stream.