The $15,000 Carol Lloyd Award honours the contribution the late Carol Lloyd made to the Queensland music scene and awards $15,000 to support an emerging female-identifying or non-binary singer-songwriter Queensland musicians to record a full-length album or record and tour an EP.

At the 2023 Queensland Music Awards, Platonic Sex was awarded the coveted prize. Other previous recipients include Hope D, Sahara Beck and Leanne Tennant.

The Carol Lloyd Award is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Applications are closed.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • be 16 years or older;
  • be currently residing in Queensland and have done so for at least two years prior to the due date of application;
  • only submit one application each year;
  • be female-identifying or gender non-conforming;
  • be an emerging artist.

View the full guidelines here

#Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch

“Our investment in QMusic helps to position Queensland as a leader in the music industry and, through our ongoing support for the Grant McLennan Fellowship, the Billy Thorpe Scholarship, and the Carol Lloyd Award, is providing artists with career-changing opportunities and access to new markets."

#Previous Finalists

Platonic Sex

Platonic Sex

Platonic Sex is the culmination of a folk-heavy upbringing and a coming-of-age soundtracked by Riot Grrrl.



Clea captures listeners with her signature ethereal rock-folk-pop sound.

Dana Gehrman

Dana Gehrman

Dana Gehrman's music is an anachronistic nod to the halcyon days of the 70's 'west coast' sound.



(aka Felicity Vanderveen)

Felivand exudes dreamy R'n'B and neo soul sounds.

Hope D

Hope D

Hope D is fiercely unapologetic with her cynical yet upbeat pop-rock.



MiCCY delivers a modern twist on funk and soul with a hint of RnB and pop.


The Carol Lloyd Award is a $15,000 grant presented to an emerging femele-identifying or non-binary singer-songwriter to either record a full-length album or record and tour an EP. 

The Carol Lloyd Award forms part of QMusic’s Women in Music program, which delivers a suite of events and initiatives, including QMentorship, to create opportunities for music industry professionals to upskill, innovate and become future leaders.

The Carol Lloyd Award honours the contribution the late Carol Lloyd made to the Queensland music scene, including through bands Railroad Gin and Carol Lloyd Band, as well as her support for women to be offered more opportunities and benefits in the very male-dominated industry. 

Carol Lloyd made a significant impact on the Australian and international music industry with several number one hits and the first worldwide EMI International publishing contract issued to any artist in Australia. Carol’s songs were published in 27 countries, with her first album, A Matter of Time racing up to number one in three weeks, and her second, Mother was Asleep charting at number one or in the top three in Germany, France, Japan, Holland and Indonesia.

Previous recipients include Sahara Beck (2019), Leanne Tennant (2018) and Moreton (2017). 

Carol’s wife, Annie Haydon is part of the team bestowing this award to a Queensland musician.

“Carol would be so proud of this award, especially the amount of support it will offer a female musician to make their mark” - Annie Haydon 

QMusic is the new home for the Carol Lloyd Award supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and APRA AMCOS.

The Carol Lloyd Award is a QMusic Women In Music initiative, presented by QMusic with support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

QMUSIC acknowledges the many Traditional Custodian groups all across what is now referred to as Queensland. We pay our respect to all elders: past and present. As a peak body we also acknowledge the important role that music has played and continues to play on these lands since the very first sunrise.