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Arts Queensland is proud to partner with Queensland's arts sector to deliver initiatives that support the state's musicians.

Grant McLennan  Fellowship

The $25,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship was established to honour the late Queensland singer-songwriter Grant McLennan, and offers a songwriter or songwriting duo the opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months. The intention is for the winner to use the immersive experience of being in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their skills and career. Grant McLennan was one of Australia's greatest songwriters and was a founding member of the globally successful 1970's Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, known for their hit song Streets of Your Town

The 2017 Grant McLennan Fellowship is joint-funded by Arts Queensland and APRA | AMCOS, and is administered by QMusic. Applicants must be Queensland based and at least 21 years old. For more information and eligibility requirements please read our Grant Mc Lennan Fellowship guidelines (PDF) (428.46 KB)To enquire about the Grant McLennan Fellowship please contact QMusic on 3257 0013 or info@qmusic.com.au

Fellowship recipients

2016 Hannah Macklin (MKO Sun)  | 2015 Tim Steward | 2014 Thomas Calder | 2013 Seja Vogel | 2012 Louise O'Reilly and Paul Hannan | 2011 Scott Spark

2010 Danny Widdicombe and Andrew Morris | 2009 Helen Franzmann (McKisko) | 2008 John Busby and Chris Dale | 2007 Greg Charles

Billy Thorpe Scholarship

Arts Queensland's Billy Thorpe Scholarship is designed to help develop the future of Australian rock and roll, and is named in honour of the late Queensland rock musician Billy Thorpe. The $10,000 Scholarship offers structured support to an emerging contemporary musician or band to help establish their professional career through career planning and advice, as well as the opportunity to record with a local producer. Applicants must be Queensland based and be at least 18 years old, and must be in the development stage of their music career. There is no maximum age but older applicants would need to clearly demonstrate their early career status. Billy Thorpe spent his formative years in Brisbane and made an enormous contribution to the Australian and global rock and roll industry over five decades of performing, writing and producing. As such, this Scholarship may prioritise the rock music genre when considering applications. The Scholarship is funded by Arts Queensland and administered by QMusic.

To enquire about the scholarship please contact QMusic on 3257 0013 or info@qmusic.com.au 

Scholarship recipients:

2016 Luke Daniel Peacock | 2015 Ayla | 2013 Jeremy Neale | 2012 Astrid and The Asteroids | 2011 Sam Hales | 2010 Andrew Redford | 2009 Alan Boyle | 2008 Michael Gavriel