Entries now open for Billy Thorpe Scholarship - $10,000 prize for emerging Queensland band or songwriter

Friday, 07 Nov 2014

Arts Queensland's annual Billy Thorpe Scholarship provides a structured range of support to establish a professional career through career planning and advice and the opportunity to record with a local producer.

The scholarship, named in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, a great Australian rock musician who passed away in February 2007, was designed to help develop the future of rock and roll. As a result, rock music may be a priority for selecting applicants.

Billy Thorpe spent his formative years in Brisbane and made an enormous contribution to the Australian and global music industry over five decades of performing, writing and producing.

In 2015, this program will be delivered by industry peak body QMusic with the winner announced on 25 March 2015 at The Queennsland Music Awards.

Key Eligibility

This program is open to emerging:

  • Individuals
  • Bands   

The $10,000 Scholarship will be awarded to an emerging Queensland based contemporary musician or band.

The Scholarship will:

  • identify a talented, emerging, Queensland based musician or band who can demonstrate their commitment to a career in music and who will best benefit from the scholarship
  • enable the recipient/s to make significant progress creatively and in their music career by providing them with opportunity, tools and networks.

The scholarship is made up of the following components:

  • $4,000 - cash
  • $6,000 - towards a recording with an established producer and/or nominated and approved activities which are appropriate to the career aspirations of the recipient as well as a meeting with Chugg Entertainment representatives to be arranged by QMusic.
  • On completion, the recipient will provide a report to QMusic on the creative and professional outcomes which the scholarship enabled.

QMusic is Queensland’s peak body for services to contemporary music and has been contracted to manage the Billy Thorpe Scholarship program on behalf of Arts Queensland in 2014-2015.

Full Guidelines, terms & conditions including important information for successful applicants HERE.

Key dates

  • Opening date: Tuesday 28 October 2014
  • Closing date: Friday 5 December 2014 - midnight

  • Announcement of winner: 25 March 2015

Who to contact



For more information please contact QMusic by email at info@qmusic.com.au or telephone (07) 3257 0013.


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