The Carol Lloyd Award is presented to an emerging* female singer-songwriter, who was either born in, or resides in, Queensland. The prize includes a $15,000 grant to either record a full length album or record and tour an EP.
The award gives recipients a head start in their career, the means to broaden their experience within the music industry, and helps them to realise their goals as an emerging artist.
On the judging panel for the 2017 award was Katie Noonan, Joc Curran, Leanne de Souza, Sean Sennett and John Willsteed.
The Carol Lloyd Award is presented by Queensland Music Festival and supported by APRA AMCOS and Hutchinson Builders and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
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The inaugural Carol Lloyd Award has been presented to eclectic alt-pop musician Georgia Potter, who sings under the moniker of Moreton.
More than 70 entries were narrowed down to five talented finalists, including Moreton; multi-instrumentalist and prolific Indigenous songwriter Emily Wurramara, who sings in both English and Anindilyakwa; Cairns-based blues and roots musician Leanne Tennant; singer-songwriter and musical theatre performer Angela Toohey; and Murri singer/poet Teila Watson, also known as Ancestress.