Otherside Brewing Co has awarded its 2018 International Development Grant to Fremantle-based songwriter Stella Donnelly. 

Awarded to Koi Child in 2017, the International Development Grant provides $2,500 in financial assistance for West Australian acts to travel internationally to further their careers. Stella Donnelly will travel to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas this March to showcase in front of key international music industry pundits. 

Donnelly’s brutally honest and witty observations of people and relationships are transformed into blissful poems and lyrical punch lines on her standout debut EP Thrush Metal. Donnelly’s relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism. 

“We’re huge fans of Stella and all she’s achieved,” Otherside director David Chitty said. “Stella is not only documenting but also really leading the charge on vital social issues, including genuine gender equality – and calling out the hypocrisy. We look forward to following the next phase in her huge career.”

“Thank you so much to Otherside for awarding me this grant,” Donnelly responded. “I’m super grateful and can’t wait to get across to Austin, Texas.”

“It is fantastic for Stella to be the recipient of the Otherside’s International Development Grant for her travels to SXSW conference and festival,” Donnelly’s manager and Jarrah Records head Philip Stevens added. “It is so important that artists have the ability to receive extra funding to be able to offset the costs of travel and accommodation. These funds will give Stella the opportunity to fulfil her potential on this important international stage.” 

Tom Jockel