Brisbane guitarist, songwriter and producer Jack Bratt has been awarded the prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship for 2019 at a ceremony held in Brisbane on 11 December, 2019. Now in its 13th year, the Grant McLennan Fellowship honours the musical legacy of the late Grant McLennan, singer-songwriter and co-frontman of The Go-Betweens, and is jointly-funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and presented by QMusic. The Fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to follow in Grant’s footsteps and travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and immerse themselves in a different culture while providing valuable time and space for creative inspiration and career development.

Congratulating winner Jack Bratt and the other finalists for the award, Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the fellowship was a fantastic opportunity for Queensland contemporary songwriters to take their career to the next level. “The Grant McLennan Fellowship helps strengthen Queensland’s contemporary music sector, offering a songwriter, or songwriting duo, support to develop their skills internationally,” Minister Enoch said.

A layered musical collaborator of 15 years, Jack has built a full-time career through live performance, songwriting and producing, as well as becoming a highly sought-after session guitarist. Jack currently writes and performs with Golden Age of Ballooning and has co-produced Clint Boge’s debut album ‘The Butterfly Effect’ and recorded guitars on ‘Star’ by Greg Chipello for SBS television series ‘Robbie Hood’.

“I’m beyond excited to be the recipient of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship. Not only is it an absolute pleasure to be recognised amongst the other finalists who are amazing songwriters, but to receive an award named after the late great Grant McLennan means so much to me. I can’t wait to travel to New York to write songs for my debut solo album, and soak up everything the city has to offer,” Mr Bratt said.

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