Carol Lloyd Award Entries Open For 2018
Olivia Gliku | On 10, Nov 2017
Queensland Music Festival has officially opened entries for the 2018 Carol Lloyd Award. The annual $15,000 prize supports the state’s emerging female singer-songwriters. Additionally, it honours the late Carol Lloyd, who was the first Australian female singer-songwriter to front a successful rock band. Starting off with Railroad Gin, Carol later fronted the Carol Lloyd Band, and later performed as a solo artist. She released hits such as A Matter of Time, Do Ya Love Me and You Told The World.
Each year the prize is awarded to one outstanding female artist, who either was born in Queensland or resides here. Georgia Potter, who performs as Moreton, was awarded the prize of the 2017 Carol Lloyd Award.
“Winning the Carol Lloyd Award has meant I’ve been able to throw myself into my record in a very focused and committed way. Having the black cloud of ‘but-how-will-we-fund-it?’ hanging overhead can absorb a lot of time and energy, time that can be better spent honing your skills and writing more material,”
“Being able to do that in these early Moreton days is a very special opportunity that I am truly grateful for, and to do so in the name of such a spirited woman, Carol Lloyd, makes it all the more empowering and significant.” Georgia said.
QMF Artistic Director, Katie Noonan, says that Carol’s inspiration prompts QMF to continue working towards better representation for women in the national music industry.
“Carol Lloyd was and continues to be a great inspiration, her incredible legacy encourages women of all ages from around our great state to pursue their musical ambitions,” Katie said.
“It was an absolute joy to receive such strong and diverse applications for the inaugural Carol Lloyd Award in 2017. We will continue to work hard to provide springboards such as this for female musicians, who are still underrepresented in Australia’s music industry.”
This underrepresentation is reflected in statistics recently released by APRA AMCOS (Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society). APRA AMCOS revealed that only 21.7 percent of its songwriter/composer membership identifies as female. Females made up 38 percent of the musicians involved in the 2017 Queensland Music Festival.
“APRA AMCOS is committed to ensuring equal representation of women working and creating in the Australian music industry, and we’re very proud to support this award,” said APRA AMCOS CEO, Brett Cottle.
QMF’s Artistic Director Katie Noonan, Time Off Media’s Sean Sennett, Rock & Roll Writers Festival Director Leanne de Souza, QUT Head of Music John Willsteed, former co-owner of The Zoo Joc Curran and Women in Voice founder Annie Peterson will be judging the entries.
Further information about the competition can be found here: qmf.org.au.