$3 million Contemporary Music Fund announced to support WA talent and create jobs
Yesterday morning at local live music hotspot, Badlands Bar, Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced a $3 million fund to support homegrown contemporary music artists.
A McGowan Labor Government election commitment, the Contemporary Music Fund will see $3 million injected over four years to further develop local, national and international markets for WA music, with the details to be released in the State Budget next week.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said, “The Contemporary Music Fund will assist upcoming Western Australian artists to produce and promote their music, giving them a helping hand in building national and international links.”
The fund will also help boost WA’s contemporary music industry – an industry that contributes almost $1 billion to the WA economy each year and creates almost 3,000 direct full-time jobs on top of providing periphery benefits to the wider hospitality and tourism sector.
Premier Mark McGowan said, “Apart from the cultural and entertainment benefits the creative music industry provides, it also supports tourism and creates thousands of jobs, particularly for young Western Australians.”
Going on to say, “A strong and vibrant local music industry is a key driver of the vibrant nightlife that we would like to grow in our city, to create more entertainment options for both locals and tourists.”
Performances from Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse and Carla Geneve provided perfect examples of the strong musical talent WA has to share with not only Australia, but the rest of the world.
As the peak industry body for WA’s contemporary music industry, WAM welcomed the support, with WAM CEO Mike Harris saying, “We really appreciate the government’s commitment to Western Australian music and a recognition of the role and the importance of Western Australian music in creating jobs and growth for artists and other allied industries.”
WAM has developed what is believed to be Australia’s first Audience Development Plan, which will be rolled out soon. This will play an important part in sustaining growth in the local live music sector which will also help cement our position as the music capital of Australia.