QMusic have announced the top four finalists of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship, Jack Bratt, Hariette Pilbeam (Hatchie), Georgia Potter (Moreton) and Leanne Tennant.

Delivered in partnership with Arts Queensland and APRA AMCOS, the prestigious Fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills.

Established in 2001 by the Queensland Government, in honour of Grant McLennan’s enduring influence on contemporary music and songwriting, the Fellowship is designed to expose recipients to the full cultural life of the cities as a source of inspiration and creativity.  As a founding member of the Brisbane band, The Go-Betweens, Grant created an outstanding musical legacy, which has paved the way for many great artists in Queensland.  His lyrics captured a unique Queensland spirit and the band played a big part in bringing Australian music to a global audience.

Integral to the Fellowship judging process, Sally McLennan said, “The Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, or ‘Grant’s Grant’ as I refer to it, continues to honour my brother for his generosity of spirit towards fellow songwriting musicians.  The McLennans are very proud to be involved with the Fellowship and sincerely appreciate Arts Queensland’s financial contribution and QMusic’s administration of the grant. This is a great way to champion Queensland singer-songwriters, giving the beneficiary of the Fellowship the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and ambiance of their chosen city”.

The winner of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday December 11.

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