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Grant McLennan Fellowship 2022

Image: 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship winner Jack Bratt

Applications for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship are open!

Now in its 14th year, the Fellowship honours the musical legacy of the late singer songwriter and The Go-Betweens co-frontman, Grant McLennan. Funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic, the $15,000 Fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin to be immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their artistic skills.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 29 August 2022.


“Winning the Grant McLennan Fellowship has been a truly life changing experience. Having the opportunity to be an artist and song writer in New York has been an incredible chapter in my life and I am eternally grateful for the honour.” 



Paying Tribute To Grant McLennan

Grant McLennan was a seminal Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist who co-founded The Go-Betweens with Robert Forster in Brisbane in 1977. Grant was also a successful solo artist, releasing four albums throughout his career. He was an advocate for emerging Queensland artists and in 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association listed "Cattle and Cane" (1983), written by McLennan, as one of their top 30 Australian songs of all time. McLennan passed away at the age of 48, but is still considered one of Australia's greatest artists.

"I can remember being hit by the lyrics he put to his first songs. I was shocked by their melancholy and the struggle for joy. I’d known the happy-go-lucky university student. As soon as he wrote, there it was. Any appreciation or remembrance of Grant has to take this into account. He didn’t parade it, but it’s all over his work, and it was in his eye."
- Robert Forster on his relationship with Grant McLennan, 'A true hipster', The Monthly.

Get paid to travel the
world and write songs

Postponed for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in normal years the prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship offers the recipient/s an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills.

The Fellowship is for a contemporary music songwriter or songwriting duo with both experience and exceptional talent. The artist/artists will have more than five years of professional experience and will have developed a national profile through album releases, touring and media recognition.

The Grant McLennan Fellowship is delivered through a partnership with Arts Queensland and QMusic.

Founded in 2007 in honour of the late Queensland singer-songwriter and co-frontman of The Go-Betweens, Grant McLennan, the Fellowship is an incredible chance for local songwriters to take their careers to a whole new level.

The Grant McLennan Fellowship has been postponed for 2020 to invest further financial support into the local music industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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