Lady Lex | 01 December 2015

51 Judges. 24 categories. 10 years. 1 Scholarship. 1 Lifetime Achievement. 1 Gala. It’s the Queensland Music Awards.

From the Grammy’s to the Arias, music awards are very rarely about those in the firing frontline featuring the singers to performers on stage. There’s always been an extra level of mystique to those behind the scenes simply because we never actually see them (what the eyes don’t see, the heart doesn’t feel): the songwriters, the producers, the arrangers, the studio musicians. After all, they’re only the ones stuck behind the Neve 8078 or on Logic Pro at 3.30am. But what is especially significant is that anyone involved with a music win – no matter the position, genre or album - should never doubt their ability to make an impact upon the world. Music matters. And awards are an admission and appreciation of this. Awards are not the be all and end all - they should never be the ultimate reason why an artist perfects their craft. But they do look nice on the mantelpiece somewhat as an indication of the mental, spiritual and often-financial sacrifices involved.

Produced by QMusic and presented by Bank of Queensland and Hutchinson BuildersThe Queensland Music Awards returns in its tenth year uncovering the Sunshine State's best and most innovative songwriters with the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship backed by Arts Queensland as the pinnacle of the QMAs. The Billy Thorpe Scholarship assists emerging recording artists uniting with established producers as well as receiving professional development advice from Chugg Entertainment. The Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner will follow in the footsteps of esteemed artists such as Michael Gavriel to Sam HalesAstrid & The Asteroids and Ayla.

A diverse range of music, media identities and music industry professionals from managers to A&R Representatives, label directors, publishers and the media are taking part in the process, with two from the US, eight New South Welshmen, three Victorians and one South Aussie as the rest fly the Maroon flag. Representing extensive experience in the industry, a total of 51 judges will sit on the panel with the full line-up available here - including MyCityLife’s Lady Lex.

Artists across Queensland from its regional and urban centres will be recognised for their distinction in songwriting and musicality. Awards are bestowed across a broad spectrum of genres and categories under the umbrellas of Pop, Rock, Blues/Roots, Country, Urban, Folk/Singer-songwriter, World, Jazz, Electronic/Dance, Heavy, Regional, Music Video and School (Grades 6-12). These categories all celebrate our emerging and veteran songwriters.

The Queensland Music Awards alumni include DubmarineThe Amity Affliction, KingafishaMKOThemla PlumEmma LouiseThe Jungle GiantsBand of FrequenciesBec LaughtonThe John Steel SingersYves Klein BlueTyrone NoonanMy Ninja LoverPTY LTDGolden SoundSean ForanLouise Denson & Ingrid JamesMisinterprotatoJackie MarshallLaneous & The Family-YahWomen In Docs and View From Madeline’s Couch, alongside national heavy-weights The GratesKate Miller HeidkePete MurrayBen SalterJames BlundellHungry Kids of HungaryBall Park Music, Busby MarouBernard Fanning and Troy Cassar-Daly. Previous Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Awards have been accepted by such luminaries as Ed Kuepper, the Bee Gees and Kev Carmody.

The awards return taking the grand total of categories in 2016 up to 24, supported by BOQ with three new People's Choice Awards:
Most Promising Male Songwriter ($1,000 prize)
Most Promising Female Songwriter ($1,000 prize) and 
Most Promising Songwriting Team ($2,000 prize) 

while three panel-voted prizes make their debut: 
Highest-selling album 
Highest-selling single and
Export Achievement award, recognising acts and artists excelling in the fields of touring, publishing and sync deals.

Submissions close Sunday December 13 with the awards announced from the Brisbane Powerhouse, Monday March 21. The 2016 QMA’s bring the cream of Queensland’s music crop to the centre of Queensland’s entertainment heart, supported by QMusic and APRA AMCOS as an opportunity for musicians across the state to have their music heard by the ears of key music industry players and a national audience of millions. The QMAs uncover, recognise and raise the profile of Queensland’s up-and-coming music talent.

Queensland Music Award Submissions close Sunday December 13 with details available hereonline applications available here, and Terms & Conditions available here.

Queensland Music Awards 2016 comes to Brisbane Powerhouse Monday March 21, with details on tickets available soon.


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