Queensland Music Festival has announced the opening of the 2018 Carol Lloyd Award, an annual $15,000 prize supporting the state’s emerging female singer-songwriters and honouring Australia’s first ‘Rock Chick’. Each year, one exceptional artist, either born in or currently residing in Queensland, will be awarded the funding to assist in recording an original album, or an EP with a tour, as well as broadening their experience in the music industry and connecting them to some of Queensland’s most respected artists. In 2017, eclectic alt-pop musician Georgia Potter, also known as Moreton, was selected to win the inaugural Carol Lloyd Award. Full details at qmf.org.au. Entries close 9 March 2018.