Celebrating our brightest emerging artists and established legends, the QMAs are a state-wide search for Queensland’s best music. Spanning 13 self-nominating categories including Pop, Rock, Blues / Roots, Country, Hip-Hop / Rap, Electronic / Dance, Heavy, Video and Schools.
The 7th annual Queensland Music Awards will return to the Royal International Convention Centre at Brisbane Showgrounds on Tuesday 19 March, 2019, celebrating what will have been an incredible 2018 for Queensland music.
Songwriters have until November 12, 2018 to enter their songs in a wide range of self-nominating categories. Earlier this year, Amy Shark, The Jungle Giants, The Kite String Tangle, Greta Stanley and WAAX were recognised for their musical output at the 2018 ceremony. The publicly voted Live Music Festival of the Year and Live Music Venue of the Year (Metro & Regional) will return in February 2019, continuing the awards’ aim to recognise a diverse group of contributors to Queensland music.
“The very strong showing from regional entrants at the 2018 QMAs shows that there is diverse talent bubbling up from every corner of our great state, and we can’t wait to see who rises to the surface after the 2019 nomination process,” said QMusic CEO, Joel Edmondson.
The QMAs have a long history of not only celebrating the worldwide achievement of household names like The Veronicas, Sheppard and DZ Deathrays, but also acknowledging emerging songwriters from the far corners of the region. Emma Louise, Tia Gostelow and Amy Shark are among the list of incredible songwriters who credit the support they received from the QMAs to kick starting their careers, largely due to the exposure of their songs to the event’s 80-strong panel of national and international industry judges.
Songwriters across Queensland are encouraged to enter their songs in the 2019 Queensland Music Awards by November 12.
Also opening today is the 2019 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, funded by the Queensland Government and administered by QMusic. Now in its 11th year, the award provides $10,000 for an emerging artist to record with an established producer, and receive career-planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Music Awards were a wonderful celebration of Queensland’s thriving music industry.
“The Palaszczuk Government, through Arts Queensland, proudly supports our state’s contemporary music scene,” Ms Enoch said.
“We’ve invested in QMusic to present the QMAs and BIGSOUND, in addition to a raft of awards that enable artists to take advantage of professional development opportunities and access new audiences. This includes the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, which for ten years has supported local emerging musicians with their career development and helped them hone their art."
“Bearing the name of one of Australia’s rock’n’roll trailblazers, the scholarship is unlocking some exceptional musical talent here in Queensland, and putting truly promising artists on a path to success.”
Emerging musicians and duos can check eligibility guidelines and apply for the Billy Thorpe Scholarship by clicking below. Applications close November 12 2018, with the winner announced at the 2019 Queensland Music Awards.
“Being the recipient of the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship has allowed me to create & soon release new music I otherwise would have been struggling to afford and manage to do successfully. Being nominated for a QMA gave me confidence and reassurance that my art is important and appreciated by industry professionals and listeners alike.”Greta Stanley
2018 Winner - Billy Thorpe Scholarship
A recording grant for early career artists, the scholarship, named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe was designed to help develop the future of rock and roll. The Scholarship is for an emerging musician or band over 18. You must be a Qld resident and in the early stages of developing your career.
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