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Billy Thorpe Scholarship

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A recording grant
for early-career artists

Arts Queensland's annual 10K Billy Thorpe Scholarship provides the opportunity to record with an established producer and to meet with and receive advice around career planning from a representative from Chugg Entertainment

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.

Billy Thorpe spent his formative years in Brisbane and made an enormous contribution to the Australian and global music industry over five decades of performing, writing and producing.

2019 applications have now closed. 

Read the guidelines here

Key Dates:
Applications Open: October 9, 2018
Applications Close: November 19, 2018
Finalists Announced February 2019
Winners Announced 19 March, 2019

"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. It gave me confidence and reassurance that my art is important and appreciated by industry professionals and listeners alike."

Greta Stanley
2018 Scholarship Winner

"I won the Billy Thorpe Scholarship when we first started and literally bought my first guitar with the money. I’d been borrowing guitars from friends, so that was something special. Opportunities like that don’t come around so often, and it’s a beautiful thing that it came from my local community".

Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants)
2011 Scholarship Winner
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Previous Winners

Billy Thorpe Performance

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