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Winner announced for $20,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship

Winner announced for $20,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship

A talented Toowoomba-based songwriter will be jetting off to New York to broaden his inspirational horizons as the inaugural winner of the $20,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship.

Greg Charles, 27, was selected for his confident and innovative approach and his lyrical maturity and skill in crafting exceptional songs.

The Fellowship, named in honour of the late singer-songwriter Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens, offers the recipient an opportunity to travel overseas and become absorbed in the local music scene.

Whilst in New York Mr Charles will have the opportunity to experience a vibrant new musical culture from which he can draw inspiration.

Mr Charles has played with various indie, garage, alternative and underground bands in Toowoomba and Brisbane since 2000.

In the last two years he has returned to his country and melodic roots, performing one-man shows and releasing two successful experimental recordings.

Other short listed songwriters were Ben Salter (Wooloongabba), Simon Pearlman (Fortitude Valley), Emma Dean (Ashgrove), Edward Guglielmino (New Farm) and the Rockhampton songwriting team of John Busby and Chris Dale, now based in Brisbane.

Arts Queensland administers the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. Entries for 2008 will open in February with guidelines and applications available at or by calling (07) 3224 4896 or 1800 175 531.

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