The Brisbane dream-pop shoegaze outfit received the prestigious award as part of the 2019 QMA Ceremony.
Lynne Thorpe and Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch awarded the scholarship to Brisbane based singer-songwriter Jaimee Fryer, member of local indie favourites Major Leagues who began releasing music under the Pool Shop moniker in 2016. She'll receive $10,000 to record her next release along with career planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.
The award was presented as part of the sold-out 2019 Queensland Music Awards ceremony, held at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds on March 19.
Ms Enoch congratulated the other finalists - RIVAH, Jaguar Jones and Sweater Curse - and said Fryer 'impressed the judges with her ear for melodies along with her clear vision for the sound and direction of the project.”
“Feeling very humbled, overwhelmed and grateful, receiving the QMusic Billy Thorpe Scholarship...Thanks to the judges who made the tough choice.”Jaimee Fryer
Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the scholarship is now in its 11th year and has supported emerging musicians such as Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants) and Jeremy Neale in their developing years.
The scholarship, 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.
Click below to find out more about the scholarship, including profiles on each of this year's finalists and previous winners.
QMusic today announced the return of the Billy Thorpe Scholarship, funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, with applications open until 11:59pm (AEST), Thursday 14 January 2021 for all Queensland early-career artists to apply.
Entries are now open for emerging and established artists to submit an application across 16 categories in the 2021 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs).
The QMusic Management Committee is pleased to announce Natalie Strijland as the new President, taking the reins from Michael Crutcher, and D-J Wendt as Vice President, taking over from Stephen Green, and welcomes new member, John "JC" Collins.
Brisbane local, HOPE D has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Carol Lloyd Award, presented by QMusic and proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and APRA AMCOS.
QMusic today announced Clea, Dana Gehrman, Felivand (AKA Felicity Vanderveen), Hope D and MiCCY as the five finalists of the Carol Lloyd Award, a $15,000 grant to support emerging femxle-identifying or non-binary singer-songwriter musicians in Queensland. 2020 is the first year that the Carol Lloyd Award calls QMusic home and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and APRA AMCOS.