Greta Stanely was presented with the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship by Lauren Thorpe.
Greta Stanley Wins Billy Thorpe Scholarship
23-year old songstress from Far North Queensland, Greta Stanley was named the recipient of the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship at the 2018 Queensland Music Awards. The sold-out event was held at held at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds on May 14.
Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Greta will be able to use the $10,000 prize to record her next release and receive career planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.
Greta is a previous participant in QMusic’s Industry Connect program, which gives young people from regional Queensland the opportunity to meet and learn from national industry leaders.
Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Music Awards honoured the state’s finest song writers, exciting live performance venues and the accomplishments of Queensland’s thriving contemporary music industry. “The Queensland Government supports our contemporary music scene with investment in QMusic, the state’s key contemporary music industry body, that each year presents the QMAs as well as September’s BIGSOUND industry event” Ms Enoch said
“I am delighted to congratulate 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner Greta Stanley. Greta is turning heads with her youthful, electric and emotional songs, and with the support provided through this prize Greta will continue to grow musically, collaborate and keep writing,”Leeanne Enoch
Queensland Arts Minister
Greta was born in Townsville before moving to the very small (and very beautiful) rural town of Mena Creek in Far North Queensland. At just 23 she’s already a prolific songwriter, releasing her debut EP ‘Bedroom City’ in 2015 and following it up last year with her first full-length release ‘Full Grown’, both produced by Mark Myers (The Middle East). Single ‘When January Comes’ was added to full rotation on triple j, with 4 star reviews on triple j Unearthed from the station’s Music Directors Richard Kingsmill and Nick Findlay.
Congratulations to all of the Queensland winners in the US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition, honoring international artists who are not signed to a major record label. Judged by a panel of high-profile artists, winners take home a share in over $160,000 cash.
BIGSOUND is pleased to announce that it will proceed in 2020 with a revised program of conference, live music and parties, ensuring that its long-standing role of providing forward thinking, listening, learning, discovering and most importantly industry connection for the music community, is not lost due to COVID-19.
QMusic will deliver $3,000 grants, on behalf of the Queensland Government and Arts Queensland to musicians and music industry workers as part of the stART Grant Program.