• Be an emerging musician or band (see guidelines)
• Be at least 18 years of age on 1 January 2022
• Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
• Have resided in Queensland for at least two years prior to the due date of applications
• Have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland grants
• Have an ABN
The annual A$10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship provides the opportunity for an emerging artist or band to record with an established producer and receive career planning from Chugg Entertainment.
Established in 2010, the Scholarship is named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, a great Australian rock musician and the frontman of Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs.
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.
The winner of the Billy Thorpe Scholarship will be announced at the illustrious 2022 Queensland Music Awards ceremony.
The Billy Thorpe Scholarship is presented by QMusic and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Read the 2022 guidelines HERE.
Applications for the 2022 Billy Thorpe Scholarship are now closed.
If you have any questions regarding the Billy Thorpe Scholarship please check the guidelines. For any other questions please contact QMusic at firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 3257 0013.
“Getting this scholarship means so much. It means I can write music the way I want to, present it the way I want to, explore different narratives and just produce some great music.”Beckah Amani
Billy Thorpe Scholarship Winner
Gold Coast soul-folk-pop newcomer Beckah Amani was awarded the coveted Billy Thorpe Scholarship at the 2021 Queensland Music Awards ceremony on 5 May.
Photo by Lachlan Douglas
"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
"Winning the Billy Thorpe Scholarship allowed me the opportunity to work with amazing producers and people I never would have had access to normally. The advice I received from Chugg Entertainment was hugely enlightening and helped me to clearly define my own path to success in the music industry. Overall the Scholarship helped me turbo boost this stage in my career, and gave me the resources to produce the best music I’ve ever made."Harry Phillips
2020 Scholarship 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