The Grant McLennan Fellowship names Jeremy Neale recipient of $25,000 prize

Monday, 04 Dec 2017

Brisbane singer-songwriter Jeremy Neale was named the 2017 winner of the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship, taking home a $25,000 prize that allows him to travel overseas to further develop his songwriting. 

The announcement was made 1 December at a ceremony held at The Triffid in Brisbane, in front of special guests and music-lovers, as well as artists, musicians, producers, partners and key music industry personnel.

Now in its eleventh year, the fellowship honours the musical legacy of Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens and is jointly funded by the Queensland Government and APRA AMCOS. Presented with the blessing of the McLennan family, the award gives winners the chance to follow in Grant’s footsteps and live in New York, London or Berlin for up to six months for creative inspiration and career development.

Andrew Tuttle, APRA AMCOS National Team Leader, Writer Services congratulated Jeremy, along with fellow finalists Harriette Pilbeam, Sabrina Lawrie and Tom Cooney.

“Jeremy impressed the judges with his progress as a songwriter over the last decade, and through his contribution to contemporary music in Queensland”.

“The Grant McLennan Fellowship offers Queensland artists exciting and genuine professional development opportunities, with Jeremy set to spend nearly three months in the US to further develop his songwriting skills and focus on writing his next solo album. We can’t wait to hear Jeremy’s new works and compositions in good time. As a proud sponsor of this fellowship, APRA AMCOS is committed to investing in the next generation of songwriters and supporting them through their career cycle,” Tuttle said.

An accomplished musician who has toured extensively with his bands Velociraptor and Teen Sensations, Jeremy has been recognised for his songwriting with multiple Queensland Music Awards and is a former recipient of the prestigious Billy Thorpe Scholarship, also supported by the Queensland Government. His debut album Getting The Team Back Together was released last month.

The 2017 Grant McLennan Fellowship was judged by Sally McLennan, Adele Pickvance (The Go-Betweens), Ian Haug (Powderfinger, The Church) and music writer Sean Sennett.

Last year’s winner Hannah Macklin, who performs under the moniker MKO Sun, said the biggest short-term benefit of the fellowship experience is the wealth of inspiration and information she has returned home with. “(It’s) still burning hot in my veins. I am almost impatient to start channeling into finishing songs and making a record”, she said of her experience in New York.

Jeremy joins an impressive list of fellow Queensland musicians who have received the Grant McLennan Fellowship:

2016: Hannah Macklin (MKO Sun)
2015: Tim Steward (WE ALL WANT TO, Screamfeeder)
2014: Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton)
2013: Seja Vogel
2012: Louise O’Reilly and Paul Hannan (Laneway)
2011: Scott Spark
2010: Danny Widdicombe & Andrew Morris (The Wilson Pickers)
2009: Helen Franzmann (McKisko)
2008: John Busby and Chris Dale (Halfway)
2007: Greg Charles


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