Hunt is on for Queensland's best songwriters

Over the past four decades, Queensland has produced some of the finest songwriters in not just the country, but the world – from The Bee Gees to Bernard Fanning, Queensland’s music stands tall on the world stage.

And now the search is on to uncover and discover Queensland’s best songwriters – the 2007 Q SONG AWARDS. Proudly supported by Q Music, The Courier-Mail and ABC612 Brisbane and ABC Local Queensland Radio, Q Song is a State Wide search for our best and most innovative songwriters.

$25,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs across 13 categories covering everything from rock and pop to jazz, blues, hip-hop, electronic, alternative, country, indigenous and world music.

Q Song is open to all unpublished songwriters, with the winner of each category going into the running to collect the Q Song "Song of the Year" award. What’s more, the state’s music fans will have the chance to walk away with a $5000 prize just by voting in the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award.

In its inaugural year (2006) Q Song attracted 900 entries from songwriters statewide with over 800 members of the Queensland, national and international music industry attending the inaugural awards ceremony at Family Nightclub in Brisbane.

The winner of last years Song of the Year and The Courier-Mail Peoples Choice Award, The

Boat People have found the competition to be a great springboard for their profile “ Q Song helped us to reach a greater fan base and promoted our songs to a wider audience than ever before” Robin Waters said.

Q Music executive officer Denise Foley said the awards were about recognising excellence in the art of song writing.

“Q Song is about more than just rewarding our established songwriters,” she said. “Rather these awards aim to encourage and foster the state’s finest new and emerging artists.”

With that in mind, the awards are targeting unpublished artists (who own their own copyright) with more established artists eligible only for the Published Song of the Year (won by Bernard Fanning in 2006) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded to Grant McLennan 2006) which will recognise artists who have made a long standing contribution to Queensland song writing.

Q Song is an initiative of the Queensland Music Network Inc (Q Music)– Queensland’s leading contemporary music body for more than a decade.

Entries open on April 1st until May 21st 2007 with finalists announced on June 22nd. Winners will be announced at the Q Song Awards Ceremony in August 2007.

Entry forms are available online from www.qsong.com.au and entries will also be accepted through www.sonicbids.com. You can also pick up an entry form from your local ABC radio station.

SOURCE: http://www.qsong.com.au/data/EEZuVkVklAHKnJJWUV.php

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