"The very strong showing from regional entrants at the 2018 QMAs shows that there is diverse talent bubbling up from every corner of our great state, and we can't wait to see who rises to the surface after the 2019 nomination process," QMusic CEO, Joel Edmondson says.
Now in its 11th year, the award provides $10,000 for an emerging artist to record with an established producer and receive career-planning advice from Chugg Entertainment. Cairns songstress Greta Stanley recounts her 2018 experience in her breakout year winning the Billy Thorpe Scholarship.
"Being the recipient of the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship has allowed me to create and soon release new music I otherwise would have been struggling to afford and manage to do successfully.
"Being nominated for a QMA gave me confidence and reassurance that my art is important and appreciated by industry professionals and listeners alike."
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch says the Queensland Music Awards are a wonderful celebration of Queensland's thriving music industry. "The Palaszczuk Government, through Arts Queensland, proudly supports our state's contemporary music scene," Ms Enoch says.
"We've invested in QMusic to present the QMAs and BIGSOUND, in addition to a raft of awards that enable artists to take advantage of professional development opportunities and access new audiences.
"This includes the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, which for ten years has supported local emerging musicians with their career development and helped them hone their art."
The 7th annual Queensland Music Awards will return to the Royal International Convention Centre at Brisbane Showgrounds on Tuesday 19 March, 2019.