Brisbane alt-pop-rock artist, Hope D is the recipient of the 2020 Carol Lloyd Award.
Establish in 2017 to support an emerging female-identifying or non-binary Queensland singer-songwriter or musician, the winner of the Carol Lloyd Award receives $15,000 to either record a full-length album or record and tour an EP.
2020 has seem Hope D release three singles: 'Miscommunicate', 'Common Denominator' and 'Second' (which has been streamed 900k-plus times on Spotify).
"[As] the recipient of the 2020 Carol Lloyd Award, this means I get $15,000 to record an album which is absolutely insane. I cannot thank Q Music, APRA AMCOS and Queensland Government enough," Hope says.
"It means so much to me to receive this grant that honours the absolute queen that Carol Lloyd was – someone who paved the way in the industry for queer woman like myself, and I am so honoured to have met Carol's wife Annie yesterday too.
"I would also like to thank my beautiful partner Bridget for the undying love and support, and my beautiful family and friends. I wouldn't be where I am without you all.
"I am very excited to do great things like this and make a difference just as Carol did, and make her and all of you proud thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!"
The other Carol Lloyd Award 2020 finalists were Clea, Dana Gehrman, FELIVAND, and MiCCY.
"Congratulations to Hope D who we are extremely proud to honour with this award and help support her rising music career," QMusic CEO Angela Samut says.
"Hope joins previous winners of the Carol Lloyd Award including Leanne Tennant, Sahara Beck and Georgia Potter (Moreton), whose careers continue to go from strength to strength."
"The Carol Lloyd Award is an initiative that addresses the gender imbalance in the music industry," APRA AMCOS Head of Member Services, Jana Gibson says, "by providing the means to create new music and does this while also championing Queensland’s emerging female-identifying and non-binary singer-songwriters.
"We are proud to be involved with this career-changing honour and wholeheartedly congratulate Hope D on taking out the award this year."