The Carol Lloyd Award is returning in 2019, presented by the Queensland Music Festival and championed by Australian recording artist, Katie Noonan. It comes with a $15,000 grant prize that helps recipients launch their musical career.

With support from Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and Hutchinson Builders, the Carol Lloyd Award is presented to an upcoming female identifying singer-songwriter, who resides in Queensland. Applicants can submit up to three tracks of original music and supporting material and the winner can use their prize to either record a full-length album or record and tour an EP.

Carol Lloyd was the first Australian female singer-songwriter to front a successful rock band, making it big when she started out with Railroad Gin in the 1970s, then the Carol Lloyd Band, and finally as a solo artist. Carol released hits like A Matter of Time, Do Ya Love Me and You Told The World in 27 countries before losing her battle with pulmonary fibrosis in February 2017. She lives on through the Carol Lloyd Awards. Providing females with the opportunity to broaden their experience within the music industry and helping them realise their goals as emerging artists, the award is now in its third year.

The 2019 award was officially announced by Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch at this year’s Australian Women in Music Awards and she says it makes a lasting impression on recipients. “The Queensland Government works to provide platforms to kick-start the careers of emerging musicians, and celebrate and support artists to reach new audiences,” Minister Enoch said. “The award has had a big impact on previous winners, Leanne Tennant in 2018, and Georgia Potter in 2017, and I look forward to naming a third talented Queensland music artist in 2019.”

Judging of the 2019 Carol Lloyd Award will be overseen by Queensland Music Festival and Queensland artists. Award judges are Katie Noonan, Joc Curran, Leanne de Souza, Sean Sennett, John Willsteed and Annie Peterson.

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