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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    GRANT McLENNAN MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCED FOR 2010

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    GRANT McLENNAN MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCED FOR 2010

    Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh today announced Brisbane songwriter team Danny Widdicombe and Andrew Morris as the winners of the $20,000 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship for 2010.

    “This award pays tribute to the late Grant McLennan and each year offers a talented Queensland artist the chance to make a name for themselves in contemporary music through exceptional song writing skills,” Ms Bligh said.

    “Danny and Andrew, of Brisbane-based band, the Wilson Pickers, are both ARIA Award-nominated songwriters who have toured extensively throughout Australia.

    “As well as playing together in the Wilson Pickers, which formed in 2008, they have each built solid solo careers with a number of CD releases to their names and both are well-respected within the industry.

    “The Fellowship aims to take the winner to the next level in perfecting their song writing craft and includes a stint in London, New York or Berlin as these were the cities that gave particular creative inspiration to Grant McLennan during his song writing career.

    “Danny and Andrew have selected Berlin as their destination where they would like to establish a European base to further their performing and recording career.”

    Ms Bligh said the Fellowship, established in 2007, was already having an impact on Queensland’s contemporary music scene.

    “Our 2009 winner Helen Franzmann, now in Berlin as part of her Fellowship, has been performing in local venues and strengthening her industry network for future overseas touring and performing opportunities.

    “The 2008 winners, John Busby and Chris Dale, of Halfway, released their new CD, An Outpost of Promise, just last week. It is produced by McLennan’s former Go-Between bandmate Robert Forster, whom Halfway met on winning this Fellowship, and includes material written while they were in London as part of their Fellowship.”

    Ms Bligh congratulated the Fellowship shortlist: Benjamin Dougherty, Brianna Carpenter and Kate Jacobson.

    The Fellowship includes the presentation of a legacy item to the Grant McLennan Archive at the State Library of Queensland with Helen Franzmann creating a film to be added to the archive on her return from Berlin.

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