Entries for the annual 2018 Carol Lloyd Award open on Friday 10 November, with $15,000 up for grabs.

The Award supports the state’s emerging female singer-songwriters.

Each year, one exceptional Queensland artist is awarded the funding to help record an original album or EP with a tour, as well as help broaden their experience in the music industry, connecting them to some of Queensland’s most respected artists.

This year eclectic alt-pop musician Georgia Potter, also known as Moreton, won the inaugural Carol Lloyd Award.

Ms Potter has used the opportunity and Lloyd’s legacy to make crucial industry connections and take the next step in her career.

“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,” Ms Potter said.

“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.”

Carol Lloyd was the first Australian female singer-songwriter to front a successful rock band, making her name in the ultimate boys club when she started out with Railroad Gin in the 1970s.

She later was part of the Carol Lloyd Band, and finally succeeded as a solo artist, stacking up number one hits along the way.

Her ground-breaking, worldwide EMI publishing contract saw Carol release hits like A Matter of Time, Do Ya Love Me and You Told The World in 27 countries.

Carol Lloyd lost her battle with pulmonary fibrosis in February, but the wild woman of rock’s spirit lives on.

The submission process for the Carol Lloyd Award involves both written and recorded material – more details, terms and conditions can be found at here. Entries close on 9 March 2018.

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