Carol Lloyd Award

Carol Lloyd Award


The 2018 Carol Lloyd Award winner will be announced at the Songs That Made Me concert for closing night of Women of the World Festival 2018 (WOW Australia) on Sunday 8 April, 7pm at the Concert Hall QPAC.

The award will be presented to an emerging female identifying singer-songwriter, who was either born in, or resides in, Queensland. The successful applicant will be awarded $15,000, and with this, will have the opportunity to record their own full length album or record and tour their own EP.

This award will give recipients a head start in their career, the means to broaden their experience within the music industry, and help them to realise their goals as an emerging artist.

Queensland Music Festival and Queensland artists will oversee the judging of the Carol Lloyd Award for 2018 with support from Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and Hutchinson Builders. Award judges are Katie Noonan, Joc Curran, Leanne de Souza, Sean Sennett, John Willsteed and Annie Peterson.

For enquiries and further information regarding the award please email Queensland Music Festival at or call 07 3010 6632.

Entries for the 2019 Carol Lloyd Award will open in November 2018. Register your interest to keep up-to-date


2018 entries have closed.

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About Carol Lloyd

Carol Lloyd known as Australia’s first original ‘Rock Chick’ – started off her career in the 70s band Railroad Gin before branching out into the Carol Lloyd Band and continuing her career as a solo artist. Her success generated both shock and respect in the industry as the first female singer/songwriter in Australia to win over the ultimate boys’ club and front a successful recording and touring rock band. Starting off in Australia, Carol soon became an international hit artist touching hearts, minds and souls of music lovers everywhere gaining the title of Australia’s ‘Wild Woman of Rock’ in turn paving the way for female artists everywhere.

Carol racked up several No. 1 hits and won the first worldwide EMI International publishing contract issued to any artist in Australia. Her first three singles – “A Matter of Time”, double-sided hit, “Do ya Love Me/Academy Rock” and “You Told the World” charted No. 1. Carol’s songs were published in 27 countries, with her first album, “A Matter of Time” with Railroad Gin racing up to No. 1 in 3 weeks, and her second, “Mother was Asleep” charting No.1 or top 3 in Germany, France, Japan, Holland, and Indonesia.

2018 Award Judges

Katie Noonan: A 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling singer, songwriter and producer who first received widespread acclaim as the songstress of indie-pop band george and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music. In 2016 Katie was appointed Artistic Director of Queensland Music Festival.

Joc Curran: Mother, who owned and ran The Zoo live music venue from 1992 until 2016. Brisbane Laneway Festival promoter. Business woman, friend, who believes random acts of kindness can help change the world.

Leanne de Souza: An entrepreneur, arts advocate, facilitator and manager. Foundation board member of the Queensland Music Network Q MUSIC, a previous Executive Programmer of BIGSOUND (2006) and an experienced workshop facilitator for the boutique consultancy FIELDWORX. She has also lectured in music business at Griffith University, TAFE and JMC Academy.

Sean Sennett: An Australian music writer and songwriter. His work has been published in The Australian, The Age, Word and Rolling Stone (here and overseas). As a songwriter he is signed to Mushroom Publishing and has collaborated with the likes of Rob Hirst, Steve Kilbey, Ross Wilson and Kate Ceberano.

John Willsteed: Is a guitarist in award-winning Brisbane band Halfway, and toured the world through the late 80s in The Go-Betweens. He is a composer and sound editor with over 90 film and television credits, and is Head of Music at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Annie Peterson: Annie Peterson is respected Queensland musician, creative producer, and manager of Arts organisations for 30 years, including: Program Director Woodford Folk Festival, Director Flipside Circus, Director Rhapsodaisy Music, creator/producer Women in Voice. Presently  Co-Director WIVPresents production company, and Music Program Development at Hummingbird House Palliative Care Centre.

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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