Applications are open for the prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan fellowship, an incredible opportunity for QLD songwriters to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills. Applications close 23 September, 2019.
The Gold Coast Music Awards has unveiled 31 finalists across eight categories for its 2019 edition, which will be celebrated with an illustrious beachfront event in the iconic Surfers Paradise, 2 May.
Amy Shark leads the charge again with four finalist nods this year; including Release of the Year for her debut album Love Monster and Song of The Year for hit single I Said Hi.
Fast rising country music star, Casey Barnes, who is headlining the Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert, is up for four gongs too, acknowledged in the Live Act category as well as going head to head with Shark for Artist of The Year.
Emerging artists San Mei, Mass Sky Raid and Ella Fence are all finalists in three categories, while Peach Fur, Athena Joy and ELSKA make their GCMAs debut, nominated for Release of the Year and Songs of the Year, respectively.
2019 is already proving massive for dream-pop starlet, San Mei, who just inked a US booking deal with United Talent Agency on the back of standout South-By-Southwest showcases and a summer of performances on Australia’s biggest festival stages, including Falls and Laneway.
“I’m so proud to call the Gold Coast my home and incredibly honoured to be recognised amongst my peers. Thank you to the Gold Coast Music Awards for supporting local talent and for helping me pave a career in this incredible country,”Amy Shark
Gold Coast Music Awards judging panel Chair and Head of Popular Music at Queensland Conservatorium Donna Weston said the judging “gets more challenging every year.”
“But this is a good thing, because it means the caliber of artists making it to the shortlist is getting higher and higher, which also makes the whole process a lot more fun for us. This year, Release of the Year presented the biggest challenge of all - it was so close, we kept coming back to it. We have very clear criteria in place for all categories that keep things objective and fair, but when a hair's breadth separates contenders for first prize, it's always a tough call!"
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he did not envy the judges.
“What a tough gig they have trying to decide the various category winners. I’m delighted to see 31 finalists as it underscores the growing depth of our music scene here on the Coast,“ he said.
Set to be hosted by Australia’s queen of roots, former triple j and now Double J presenter Sarah Howells, the Awards ceremony takes place 2 May in a ticketed VIP marquee on the Surfers Paradise beachfront adjacent to the massive festival sized stage for the free live concert.
As with previous years, organisers anticipate the VIP event to sell out quickly, with tickets on sale now via Oztix.
A huge turnout is expected to attend the free live outdoor concert, which this year features an exciting lineup of the region’s fastest rising stars - Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur.
Gold Coast Music Awards officially kicks off the Surfers Paradise LIVE festival, a free, four-day, family-friendly festival renowned for presenting an iconic line-up featuring some of the best-known Australian artists, this year including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus and The Screaming Jets supported by Daryl Braithwaite, Jebediah, Reece Mastin, Thirsty Merc, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera, and Bachelor Girl.
The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.
Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, music writer and industry figure Vivien Goldman, Frontier Touring’s Sahara Herald and acclaimed artist Mojo Juju join the stellar 2019 speaker lineup. With the new keynote announcement comes the unveiling of the BIGSOUND 2019 Official Party program, with Purple Pass holders in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events.
This year's legendary BIGSOUND party schedule has landed, with a heap of returning favourites and exciting new offerings! Purple Pass holders are in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events, check out the full list!
QMusic have partnered with Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and The Events Centre to present POINT, an immersive event featuring multi-art projections, installations and some of the country’s most exciting emerging and established music acts taking place Friday 30 Aug. Check out the lineup!
Raising funds for your project or organisation? Applications for matched funding through Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Cultural Fund are open from now until Wed 14 August.
Over the past three years BIG SKY GIRLS has become a crucial annual event supporting and mentoring young regional women in music across Queensland. Applications for 2019 are open now, closing 10 August.