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Grant McLennan


Grant McLennan Fellowship Winner 2019

Jack Bratt

Jack Bratt


"I’m beyond excited to be the recipient of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship. Not only is it an absolute pleasure to be recognised amongst the other finalists who are amazing songwriters, but to receive an award named after the late great Grant McLennan means so much to me."

Jack Bratt
2019 Fellowship Winner

Applications Closed

Applications for the 2020 Grant McLennan Fellowship open soon. 

Key Dates:

Applications Open: Thursday 16 July 2020
Applications Close: Monday 14 September 2020 - midnight
Winner Announced in December.

Get paid to travel the
world and write songs

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, APRA AMCOS (The Australasian Performing Right Association - Australasian Mechanical Copyright-Owners Society) 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.


Songwriters will need to demonstrate a very strong case for the Fellowship to be awarded early in their career. Although not limited in musical genre, the Fellowship is primarily aimed at songwriters of contemporary popular music.

Applicants must:

  • Have resided in Queensland for at least two years prior to the due date of applications. You may be asked to provide proof of your Queensland residency status during the eligibility check process.
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Be a member of APRA AMCOS
  • Have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland grants
  • Have an ABN
  • Only submit one application in each round (e.g. songwriting duos may not also submit individual applications).

Click below to download the guidelines for entry.

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