Brisbane alt-pop musician Georgia Potter, who performs under her ‘Moreton’ moniker, has won the inaugural Carol Lloyd Award, named in honour of ‘Australia’s first rock chick’.

Lloyd, the frontwoman of Railroad Gin and the Carol Lloyd Band, was the first female singer-songwriter in Australia to front a successful rock band.

She passed away earlier this year after a two-year struggle with terminal pulmonary fibrosis.

The Carol LLoyd Award, presented by Queensland Music Festival with the support of Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and Hutchinson Builders, is a $15,000 grant intended to help an emerging Queensland female musician record a full-length album or tour an EP.

Georgia Potter was announced as the winner by Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk during the launch of the Queensland Music Festival last night.

“I am delighted the Queensland Government has contributed to supporting the careers of the next generation of our state’s female musicans, starting with the talented Georgia Potter as the award’s inaugural winner,” the Premier said.

“This award will enable Georgia to progress her music career, return to the recording studio and take her work to the next level.

“The Carol Lloyd Award is a fitting tribute to an Australian icon. Carol led the way for women in the music industry and was passionate about encouraging promising musicians, such as Georgia.”

More than 70 entries were narrowed down to five talented musicians, including prolific songwriter Emily Wurramara, who sings in both English and Anindilyakwa; Cairns-based blues and roots artist Leanne Tenant; singer-songwriter and musical theatre star Angela Tookey; and Murri singer/poet Teila Watson, also known as Ancestress.

Judges included Queensland Music Festival director Katie Noonan, multi-talented industry stalwart Leanne de Souza, local singer-songwriter and critic Sean Sennett, former Go-Betweens bassist John Willsteed, and Joc Curran, the former co-owner of legendary live music venue The Zoo.

Noonan said the decision was unanimous.

“Moreton’s unique artistic vision and fresh voice made her an absolute stand-out application,” she said.

“We feel she is on the cusp of a significant career, and that this grant will help her realise her grand vision and contribute significantly to the Australian contemporary music vernacular.”

Entries for the 2018 Carol Lloyd Award will open in October 2017.