Applications are now open for one of the ultimate opportunities for rising Queensland musicians, the 2023 Grant McLennan Fellowship.

Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Thursday 22 June 2023 at qmusic.com.au

Funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic, the $15,000 songwriting award offers the recipient the opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin to be immersed in a vibrant and foreign culture to further develop their own artistic skills.

This will be the 15th year the fellowship has been offered, in honour of the late singer songwriter and The Go-Betweens co-front man, Grant McLennan. These three cities were of special significance in Grant’s life, with the fellowship providing Queensland musicians with the same kinds of transformative experiences that made his music so special.

2022 recipient, pop-powerhouse Sahara Beck is currently in Berlin, and using the experience to explore and learn while embracing the freedom to be inspired.

“I am so honoured to have won the 2022 Grant McLennan fellowship. I have been an independent arts practitioner in the music industry for over 12 years so to get recognition like this means so much,” said Beck.

“I plan on meeting up with as many creatives as possible while I’m in Berlin and London. I think it’s so important to be constantly creating, pushing your own boundaries and stepping outside of your comfort zone. I’m grateful to not have to worry about the real world for a short while and be able to completely lose myself in creation.”

Entries are now open and will close at 5pm AEDT on 22 June with the winner being announced 24 August.

Eligible applicants must:

Be an individual songwriter or songwriting duo
Reside in Queensland and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
Be 21 years of age or older
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).
Head to www.qmusic.com.au for full eligibility requirements and guidelines.

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