Today finalists have been announced for the inaugural Queensland Music Awards, formerly known as the Q Song Awards.
Winners of all categories will be announced at the Queensland Music Awards night, to be held at new venue The Old Museum on August 16. Hosted by 612 ABC Brisbane’s Richard Fidler and triple j’s Sarah Howells, the awards night will feature performances from The Medics, Busby Marou, Emma Louise, and DZ Deathrays with more to be announced.
Music fans will also soon be able to have their say in the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Awards by voting for their favourite artists in the Most Popular Female, Most Popular Male and Most Popular Group categories.
Bands who have been nominated across different categories include The Middle East, Emma Louise, Drawn from Bees, Busby Marou, DZ Deathrays, Last Dinosaurs, The Cairos and The Medics.
The Awards ceremony will also incorporate the announcement of Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship award and the new Export Achievement Award that recognises Queensland acts taking their music to the world.
Q Music Executive Officer Denise Foley, whose organisation is behind the Awards, says the finalists represent an impressive mix of established and emerging artists, some of who are just starting their careers.
The Awards ceremony will also incorporate the announcement of Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship award and the new Export Achievement Award that recognises Queensland acts taking their music to the world. This year nominees for the Export Achievement Award include Kate Miller-Heidke, DZ Deathrays, Misinterprotato, Lawrence English and Hungry Kids of Hungary.
Limited tickets for the Queensland Music Awards event also go on sale today from www.oztix.com.au