The Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has announced the entry date for the 2018 Carol Lloyd Award.

From the 10th of November, a female-identifying, emerging singer-songwriter, from or residing in Queensland, will have the opportunity to win a $15,000 grant. The prize-winner will be able to put the money towards recording a full-length album or recording and touring an EP, in honour of original ‘Rock Chick’, Carol Lloyd.

QMF was founded in 1999 with the goal to ‘redefine’ the music festival scene. QMF has since aimed to recognise and support female artists. Female-identifying musicians made up 38 percent of those involved in their 2017 festival, with the Carol Lloyd Award being an opportunity to further promote and support emerging, female singer-songwriters.

The inaugural award was presented in 2017 to musician, Georgia Potter, member of the alt-pop band Moreton. The opportunity has helped Potter take the next step in her career and make crucial industry connections.

‘To do so in the name of such a spirited woman makes it all the more empowering and significant,’ she said.

Carol Lloyd, a solo singer-songwriter and member of Brisbane-based rock bands Railroad Gin and Carol Lloyd Band, passed away earlier this year from pulmonary fibrosis. Lloyd, the first woman to front a successful Australian rock band, Railroad Gin, is renowned for her flame-red hair and knock-out vocals. Regarded as a ‘mother figure’ for Brisbane and Queensland’s music industry, Lloyd’s legacy has paved the way for countless women, local and international.

Her groundbreaking position within the Australian music industry will live on not only through the award but within the talents and successes of Australia’s current and future female artists.

Head to qmf.org.au for more information on the Carol Lloyd Award, including terms and conditions.

Entries close on 9th of March, 2018.