QMusic has opened applications for the 2024 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), offering a suite of $15,000 scholarships alongside the revival of the People’s Choice Awards. Nominations for both close on Thursday, January 11.
In a groundbreaking move, the Dalwood-Wylie Foundation Scholarship, privately funded by the Dalwood-Wylie Foundation, will award $15,000 to a Queensland-based contemporary musician with a disability, fostering creative progress in their musical career. This initiative marks a significant stride in supporting inclusivity within the Australian music industry.
Furthermore, four recipients will receive $15,000 each through existing legacy scholarships funded by the Queensland Government. These include the Dennis ‘Mop’ Conlon Scholarship, the Billy Thorpe Scholarship, the Carol Lloyd Award, and the Grant McLennan Fellowship. These scholarships aim to provide emerging artists with opportunities for recording, career support, and international exposure.
Notably, Queensland artists and filmmakers have gained a one-week extension until November 20 to self-nominate for the genre awards, spanning categories from Blues/Roots to Youth (Ages 10-17), showcasing the diverse musical landscape of the state.
The People’s Choice Awards, open for nomination until January 11, invite festivals and venues to participate in categories such as Festival of the Year, Metro Venue of the Year, Regional Venue of the Year, and Accessible Venue of the Year. The winners will be decided by public vote and an expert industry panel.
The announcement also revealed the first round of judges for the 2024 QMAs, including industry professionals like Harry Young (Dew Process), Patience Hodgson (The Grates), Lars Brandle (Billboard), and others.
The QMAs, now in its 12th year, will return to the Fortitude Music Hall on April 17, 2024, with tickets available to the general public early next year. The event aims to celebrate emerging and established talents, recognizing the vibrant and diverse contributions to Queensland’s music scene.
For those interested in self-nominating or participating in the People’s Choice Awards, visit QMusic’s official website. The QMAs continue to be a pivotal platform, showcasing and supporting the growth of Queensland’s music sector.