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Billy Thorpe Scholarship


A recording grant
for early-career artists

The annual A$10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship funded by Arts Queensland, provides the opportunity for an emerging artist to record with an established producer and to meet with, and receive advice around career planning from a representative from Chugg Entertainment.

The Scholarship, is named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, a great Australian rock musician who passed away in February 2007.

Billy 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.

Applications for the Billy Thorpe Scholarship have now closed. 

Read the guidelines here.

Key Dates:
Stay tuned for the 2020 Application dates.

2020 Winner

“Feeling very humbled, overwhelmed and grateful, receiving the QMusic Billy Thorpe Scholarship...Thanks to the judges who made the tough choice.”

Pool Shop
2019 Scholarship Winner

"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

Previous Winners


Billy Thorpe Performance


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