Tickets are on sale for the Bands of Your Town concert on Friday 3 August, where the winner of the 2012 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship will be announced.
Finalists for Queensland’s major songwriting prize are:
Edward Guglielmino (Brisbane)
Kellie Lloyd (Brisbane)
Laneway – Louise O’Reilly and Paul Hannan (Gold Coast)
Sue Ray (Toowoomba)
They will perform alongside 2011 winner Scott Spark, former Go-Betweens member Adele Pickvance and Grant McLennan’s sister Sally McLennan.
A talented line-up of musicians are in the running for Queensland’s major songwriting prize, the $25 000 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship.
The finalists for 2012 are Brisbane-based Kellie Lloyd and Edward Guglielmino, Laneway (Louise O’Reilly and Paul Hannan) from the Gold Coast, and Sue Ray from Toowoomba.
The winner will be named at Bands of Your Town, a special concert on 3 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
The concert is a ticketed event where each of the finalists will perform, along with Grant McLennan’s sister Sally McLennan and 2011 Fellowship winner Scott Spark.
The Fellowship is an annual Arts Queensland award, first established in 2007 in honour of the late Queensland singer-songwriter Grant McLennan, considered one of Australia's greatest and most influential songwriters and founding member of internationally successful 1970's Brisbane band
The Fellowship is a travel bursary giving winners the chance to travel to New York, London or Berlin to further develop their songwriting skills.
Brisbane-based Scott Spark chose New York as his destination, returning to the US in February 2012 to work on his second album which is due to be released later this year.
Scott Spark said winning the Fellowship has had a major impact on his career.
“There's nothing remotely like the spirit and sentiment of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship,” Scott said.
“Simply the act and process of applying for the Fellowship was really helpful - it forces you to get a little more serious about what you're doing and get real. It makes you confront what's important to you, and how you really want to invest your time and energy.
“We'll look back in 10, 15, 20 years and see just how widely Grant's legacy has transformed and inspired our songwriters.” Scott said.
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